Stationery & Bomboniere

Your wedding stationery sends a style signal: the wording, paper stock and the typeface you choose will all reflect the formality of your special day.

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If you’re looking for inspiration, you may find it useful to visit some of the specialty stationery websites and view their collections online. After choosing a design concept and paper, pick a typeface that’s easy to read and matches the style of your wedding.

Your invitation’s wording (you can refer to the Planner within your print edition of The Bride's Diary® for a few useful examples) depends on the formality and style of your wedding. However, all invitations should include the wedding date, who is getting married and where (including any wet weather venues), the reception details, and an RSVP date and address. The dress code should also be mentioned, and it’s helpful to include directions. There are a variety of printing techniques that can add a unique touch to your stationery, but before having anything printed, ask for proofs and check for errors. Finally, you should finalise your invitations three months prior to the wedding to allow plenty of time for printing before you need to post them. 

Wedding stationery can include save the date cards, invitations, rsvp cards, place name cards for the wedding and reception, thank you cards, reception menus, hymn sheets, order of service booklets and cake boxes. What you choose from this range is entirely up to you. However, each item in your stationery package should be colour and design co-ordinated. You might want to create your own wedding stationery. If so, there are specialist stores that stock all the papers and decorations that you’ll need, plus they can generally help you with design ideas and practical techniques.

And for the ultimate sweet treat, send a chocolate wedding invitation packed in a beautiful presentation box. These edible invites feature wording embossed in either white or milk chocolate on a dark chocolate background. In case temptation overcomes your guests, include a printed copy of your invitation in the box.

As for bomboniere, it should complement your theme and convey your good wishes to your guests, so it’s a wedding day detail that deserves attention. In the Italian tradition, bomboniere consisted of five or seven sugar-coated almonds. Some couples opt for charity donations, lolly or dessert bars, or even seedlings. Other popular choices include jars of lollies stamped with your names and chocolate place cards. If you’re considering chocolate of any kind, avoid possible allergy problems and choose nut-free chocolate.

Bomboniere is limited only by your imagination. Novelty candles, perfumes, pens, soaps, hand fans, bride and groom notepads, decorative magnets and hand creams are just some of the many options. Other favourite favours include miniature liqueur bottles, bags filled with chocolates, and fortune cookies in small white boxes personalised with your names and wedding date.  

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