paper goods checklist
tips and glossary for every detail
The checklist:
SHOP
- save the dates
- invitations
- response cards
- reception/detail cards
- monograms
- belly bands
- programs
- notes for the couple
- games/about couple
- note to guests cards​
- menu cards
- table numbers
- place cards
- thank you cards
OUR GALLERY
VIEW HERE
save the dates
What it is: Save the dates are a courteous way to let recipients know the date and location of your wedding so they plan ahead and make necessary accommodations.

When to Order: 3-4 weeks before sending. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your guest list in order and address your envelopes (or purchase this option to save yourself both time and hassle!).

When to Send: ​usually sent 6-8 months before the wedding 
invitations
What it is: The centerpiece of your wedding stationery, the invitation reflects the tone of your wedding, whether black tie, rustic, or a beach party. An invitation can have several pieces: the outer envelope, the invitation, a reception/details card, and a response card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

When to Order: Three to Four months before your wedding date. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make revisions and address your envelopes (or purchase this option to save yourself both time and hassle!).

When to send:
Six weeks before the date is the most common; eight weeks is ideal (10 weeks for guests coming from abroad). You have more leeway if you send save-the-date cards first.
response cards
What it is: These cards are sent with your invitations with a self-addressed stamped envelope for guests to accept or decline their attendance.

When to Order: With Invitation

When to Send: With Invitation
reception/details cards
What it is: These are cards sent with the wedding invitation to inform guests where the reception will take place. These also include your wedding website, directions, and other valuable information for guests.

When to Order: With Invitation

When to Send: With Invitation
monograms
What it is: A combination of your fiancé’s name and your name -- it can be both of your first names, your first and last initials, just your first initials or simply your new married ones. Many couples use a custom-designed monogram as a wedding motif. We recommend applying your monogram to the belly band of your wedding invitation.

When to Order: With Invitation

When to Send: With Invitation
belly bands
What it is:  A piece of material that wraps around your invitation suite to hold it all together. It can be as simple as a ribbon or as luxe as laser-cut paper or a piece of lace.

When to Order: With Invitation

When to Send: With Invitation
programs
What it is:  Not only can they provide useful information, they also make charming mementos. Programs are often in the form of a small booklet and include information about the ceremony and reception. Couples may also choose the program to honor deceased loved ones, to introduce the bridal party, to thank important people, and/or to explain unfamiliar rites of the ceremony.

When to Order: Six to eight weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the ceremony.
  
menu cards
What it is: Often designed as a single card containing the elements of the meal, including different wines or other beverage options.

When to Order: At least six weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the reception, either at each place setting or one large menu per table.
games/about Him&Her cards
What it is: Becoming more and more popular, games such as Mad Libs or information cards with details about the couple are an easy and fun way to keep guests entertained at your reception before the bridal party enters.

When to Order: At least four weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the reception, either at each place setting or at a welcome table.
note to guests cards
What it is: Another cute and simple addition to your place settings, these cards are a small way to say “thank you” to your guests for celebrating with you on your special day.

When to Order: At least four weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the reception, at each place setting on top of the menu card.
table numbers
What it is: Another element to help incorporate the tone of your wedding, table numbers are placed at each table during your reception to help direct your guests to their seats. These can be from ornate, to simple, to rustic and can be incorporated into your floral arrangements, attached to other wedding décor, or stand alone in frames or specialty holders.

When to Order: Four to six weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the reception.
place cards
What it is: Place cards inform guests which chair to sit in. (Escort cards direct people to their tables).

When to Order: Four to six weeks before the wedding date.

When to Use: At the reception.
thank you cards
What it is: These handwritten notes -- from both of you -- should thank guests for their gifts and/or presence at your wedding.

When to Order: With your invitations.

When to Use: Up to two weeks after your honeymoon for gifts received the day of your wedding. You should ideally send thank-you notes out immediately for any gifts received before the wedding day.​