You guys… today TOTALLY feels like Monday and I’m not okay with that. Seriously. I woke up late, sneezed immediately after applying mascara, burnt my arm trying to iron my shirt, spilled coffee on said shirt, and tried to put dinner in the crockpot only to realize I’m missing a key ingredient. UGH. But the good news is, I’m snuggled in at home with my hubby and my kitty and I’ve got last night’s episode of Fixer Upper to watch.
Today is the day that I help you out MAJORLY in deciding what paper goods you’re going to need on your big day. Unfortunately, these bad boys tend to get over looked in the wedding process, and all of a sudden, you’re a week away and are trying to make something on the computer that SORT OF matches everything else and crying hysterically because it’s just not right. (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… HA.)
I remember sitting at my computer thinking, how in the world did I forget a sign for the guest book? I was so upset. I felt like my world was falling apart. Looking back, I realize how ridiculous this was, and I’m seriously surprised my mom didn’t strangle me, but at the time, it was straight up tragic. Luckily, I was only missing something that didn’t need to match everything I had bought online, and only needed to match the chalkboard signs I had made. So it was easy to recreate. But I’d have been screwed if I needed it to match everything I’d ordered from Minted.
So today, I’m bringing you a comprehensive list of absolutely everything you could ever need to have ordered in advance, so this doesn’t happen to you!
And again… I’m going to post the exact same two disclaimers I posted in last week’s Before the Big Day Stationary post. (If you haven’t read it, check it out here!)
- Don’t freak out, you don’t NEED everything on this list.
- I’m going to try to show you links from multiple places and sources, but this post will be heavily populated with products from Minted. You guys, I ordered different types of paper products from multiple places for my wedding, and Minted stood above the rest. Their presentation, customer service, and incredible quality make their products top notch, in my opinion. No they are not sponsoring this post, I just really really really love their products.
What’s really great about paper products for your big day is that if you want, you can get them ALL to match. In fact, they can even match your invitations if you wish!
Let’s get started!
Welcome Letter/ Welcome Basket Tag / Weekend Itinerary
Let’s get started with the very first thing your guests will see. The welcome letter or welcome basket tag are certainly not necessary for all weddings. However, if you’re making your wedding an entire weekend event, or at a far away destination, it is definitely polite to welcome your guests in a grand way. If your guests have all flown to Fiji because they love you and want to support you, the least you can do is leave them a basket or bag filled with goodies that includes a heartfelt letter and weekend itinerary. Now, you probably won’t find a “welcome letter” on any websites. However, you might find stationary that matches your wedding suite. But if not, I’d use blank cards that you love, and that match your weekend itinerary. Check out this super cute “Wedding Welcome Pack” from Etsy where you can get everything done for you.
I’m super on the fence about these! I was helping out with a wedding where they had stacks of programs left over, and I had no idea what to do with them. I knew the bride and her mother in law had worked hard on them, so I didn’t want to throw them away, but at the same time, what are you going to do with 100 programs left over from your wedding day? For me, I decided programs weren’t worth the hassle. We used a large sign and called it good. This it totally a personal opinion. If you do decide to order programs, be sure to check out these beauties from Minted, these from Wedding Paper Divas and this one that is super practical if you’re getting married on a hot summer day.
Chances are, you’re having ushers at your wedding, and they will know where to seat people. However, if you’re choosing to go the “no usher” route, you’re going to want to put up a sign or two so people know certain seats are reserved. These signs don’t TECHNICALLY have to be paper… but they can be! I’m not going to link a bunch here, because personally, I think that non-paper reserved signs or ribbons laid across seats are the way to go. But I am going to link some cute ideas I found on Etsy and Pinterest! Check out this SUPER simple one, this easy peasy DIY and this one that looks so dang dainty.
Escort Cards or Place Cards
If you are having a more formal wedding, with a plated dinner, chances are, your guests are going to need to have assigned seats. There are two options when it comes to this. The first is an assigned seat at an assigned table. When you’ve given someone a very specific spot to sit in, you use a place card. The second is for when you direct your guests to sit at a certain table, but allow them to choose their seat while they are there. This is when you use an escort card. Whether you’re choosing escort or place cards, I HIGHLY recommend ordering them from Minted. The quality of the cards are great, and they have FREE name printing on them. Check out the huge selection they have here.
For me, table numbers weren’t a paper product. I bought these beauties from Etsy. However, if you’re hoping to match your table numbers to your escort/place cards, Minted and Wedding Paper Diva’s are the place to do it! They both sent me a sample after I placed orders from their sites, and both had them printed on heavy duty card stock. So don’t worry about them being flimsy or cheap looking! You can find Table Numbers from Minted here and from Wedding Paper Divas here.
If your guests chose their dinner on their RSVP, you don’t need a menu. But I know that whenever I’m at a wedding and know I didn’t choose my food, I’m dying to know what I’m eating because I’m usually starving by the time we get to the reception. I always appreciate having a menu at my table waiting for me. (Because let’s be real, if it’s something I don’t think I’ll like, I know to stock up on the apps!) Find gorgeous options here and here.
Favor Tags can add a finishing touch to the gift you’re giving your guests. Here are some options from Minted, and here are some from Wedding Paper Divas. However, I think these cute stickers are totally my favorite!
Whether you love signs at a wedding or think they’re overdone, there may be a few signs you might need. For example, if you’re getting married in the back 40 of your grandparents property and guests need to pass 4 trees, turn left at the 2nd stump and then walk down a hill, they’re going to need some signs helping them find their way. Some signs you might need? Bar Menu, Guest Book Sign, His and Hers, Welcome Sign, In Loving Memory Sign, Directions, Food Tags, and Seating Charts. Remember, not all these signs have to be paper. In fact, quite a few probably won’t be. But it’s always good to have them on the list just in case 🙂
Now, one thing I do want to say… the thing about paper products is that it’s easy to make your own, or order the “print at home” stuff off of Etsy. As beautiful as they may be, it’s going to be A LOT of work. And honestly, when you’re getting THAT close to your wedding, that is going to be the absolute last thing you want to worry about. Because at that point, one not perfectly cut place card could easily put you over the edge!
I’m sorry for a lack of photos in this post, but I realized pretty quickly while I began writing that picking my favorite options was pointless. These are your weddings, not mine, so I just added links to great options 🙂
Next week, I’m finishing up my wedding paper products series with Thank You notes…. and how to write them.
I hope you enjoy the rest of you Wednesday. I’ll be back tomorrow!