Q1. I'm not sure which stationery items I need. Can you help?
The basics you will need are as follows: invitations, order of service booklets, place cards and menus. You could go further by also sending out save the date cards, rsvp cards in the invitations and thank you cards.
Q2. My theme is the colour pink. How could I incorporate this into my wedding stationery?
The obvious answer is to have pink stationery all round, however this might be a bit too much, so why not try a pink ribbon running down the side of your stationery or a pink motif around the edges. Or white paper over pink card or perhaps mirror a pink flower from your bouquet on your stationery. The options are endless and with a bit of thought can be very creative.
Q3. I would like to make my stationery myself but I'm not sure if that's good idea.
There are lots of stores now who supply all the materials needed for DIY stationery. But remember how many guests you are inviting and to keep your design simple. No matter how good you are at applying glitter, it might never look as finished as a professional job.
Why not try half and half DIY? You can get pre-cut designer invitations with all the bits and pieces included and all you have to do is put them together.
If all this has put you off making your own, you can always go to a professional who will come up with a design and make everything for you. Of course a professional finish will require professional rates so will be more expensive.
Q4. We can't agree on the wording of the invitations. Is there a 'right' way?
There is no 'right' way but there is a traditional way. This would start with the name of both your parents requesting the pleasure of your guest's company at the marriage of you and your husband-to-be.
If your parents are separated or remarried it might change how your invitations are worded and who you would like to include on them.
If you don't like the traditional wording, then make up your own. It doesn't matter as long as you clearly state the date, time and place so your guests know where to go and when!
Q5. I know that it's standard to give your guests a bomboniere gift as a thank you, but can you give me some ideas of what might be appropriate?
What about a miniature bottle of wine or bubbly, a picture frame, some seeds to plant, some hand-made chocolates, a candle, some bubble bath or gorgeous scented soaps. Hope this gets you inspired.