Featured Guest Blog: What to Bring to a Stationary Consultation
Today on the EWD blog we feature the guru of all things stationery, Ms. Kayla Pickrell, owner of Designs by Kayla.
What to Bring to a Stationery Consultation
Picture this: You’re engaged (yay!) and have picked out your stationer for your custom wedding stationery. You want your stationery to stand out, reflect you and your fiance, as well as reflect how your wedding will look and feel. You want to meet her (assuming your stationer is female) to go over the details of your stationery and make sure she knows what you want. What did you bring? Maybe a few engagement pictures and your phone?
As a wedding stationer, I see many couples who meet me for a consultation forget a lot of the basic things that are needed for me to move on to designing.
In this blog post, I’m going to map out some of the important items you shouldn’t be forgetting for your consultation.
First are your basics. Answer these questions:
Names. This may sound simple, but how do you want your names listed on your save the dates, then on your invitations and return addresses? People tend to lean more toward laid back on save the dates (first and last name or just first names). For invitations, do you go by your middle name? Do you want to include your middle name? Consider how traditional you would like these to be. For return addresses: do you want to use just first names?
What date is your wedding?
Where is your wedding taking place? (If you don’t know this quite yet, a city will be fine.)
What is the date and time of the CEREMONY? If it’s not clear, is it an indoor or outdoor ceremony?
What is the date, time and location of the RECEPTION?
Do you have any time restrictions for catering? (If you don’t know this yet, that’s fine, we just use it to figure out “RSVP Back By” dates.)
How many guests do you plan to have at your wedding?
How many households do you need to send out stationery to (hint: some of your guests may live in the same household)?
Bring any color swatches you may have. With that, what are your colors?
If you would like the stationer to handle all addressing (if they do this), try to have your list done ahead of time. This may be too early in your planning, but the earlier you just sit down with your fiance and do it, the less stress on you later on.
What style are you going for? Elegant? Rustic? Art Deco? Laid back?
How traditional do you want to go with your wording? If you are unsure what to do, check out my blog on wording here (link to this blog: http://www.designsbykayla.net/2016/07/27/insiders-tip-wedding-invitation-wording/)
What stationery beside the invitations do you need? These are SOME of your options: save the dates, thank you cards, bachelorette party invites, bridesmaid/groomsmen cards, bridal shower invites, table numbers, place cards, signage for day-of, menus, programs, seating chart, etc.
Any quirky things you want on your RSVPs? Such as, song requesting or leaving a message. Any traditional options you want on your RSVPs? Such as, only a certain amount invited and needs to be listed or meal options and diet restrictions.