What Wedding Day Paper Goods to Plan for


You’ve sent your save the date cards, you’ve planned your wedding invitation suite, now you’re moving on to those personal wedding day details. While you can’t put these orders in until you have an accurate final headcount, you can start to design your wedding day paper goods well in advance of your RSVP deadline. You might be surprised to find out how many places there are to put paper touches at your event. Here’s my wedding day checklist to ensure you’ve got all your details covered. There are those must-do’s and a few extra ideas too!

Wedding day paper goods not to forget:

Ceremony Sign(s). If you’re getting married at a rural property that’s hard to find, or perhaps a venue with multiple weddings in one day, this is especially important. Mark the path to your ceremony so guests get to the right wedding and do so on time. If you design your signs in theme with your other paper goods, it can be a decor highlight too. Even ask your florist about options for stands or dressing it up with flowers and greenery.

Wedding Programs. This is an age old tradition that some couples are starting to skip. If you’re having a traditional church or temple wedding or want to honor those standing there with you, keep the program in the program. A ceremony program (like these from The Wedding Shop at Shutterfly) can be fun and sentimental but also formal and functional at the same time.

Toss Signage and/or Getaway Accents. If you’re asking guests to toss petals after the kiss or light up sparklers at the end of the evening, consider decorative and functional signage or tags hanging from the accessories you intend to use.

Social Media Signage. Whether you want an unplugged ceremony or you plan to shout your hashtag from the social media rooftops, be sure to express you wishes on the program or on special signage so guests can honor your social media selection.

Wedding Menus. A plated meal or stations, no matter how you serve dinner, let guests know what’s to come with a wedding menu at each place setting. This is especially important in today’s world of allergies and gluten free guests!

Bar Signage and Station Signs. If you have any action stations, buffets or even bars, consider adding signage so guests know what their options are. These can be playful or in theme and on color palette and enhance the look of sometimes otherwise dull spaces.

Escort Cards. An escort card tells the guest what table they will be sitting at. Trust me when I say this is a necessity. You don’t want guests scrambling for a seat or uncomfortably looking for a table where they know someone.

Place Cards. If you choose to take your seat assignments one step further, give each guest an escort card and a place card. An escort card alerts the guest to their table and a place card assigns them a specific seat at that table once they arrive. This is especially helpful for challenging family dynamics or large wedding groups.

Favor Cards. Whatever your favor, say thanks with a favor tag, label or note. Tag your gift accordingly and in theme too!

What paper details will you plan for your big day?



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