Basic Invite - Wedding Planning 101

Customizing your wedding invitations, rsvp cards and menus.

Yay - you're engaged. The first thing you do (after shouting it from the top of the roof and tell all your friends and family of course!) is to go on Pinterest and start looking for ideas. Maybe you already have a Pinterest board for your dream wedding. Filled with beautiful images from other peoples wedding. The color theme you want for your own wedding. But yet, maybe those weddings are way outside of your budget. So you start wondering how you could still get that dream wedding without breaking the bank.

Our Wedding Planning 101 series is here to help you. And first our we are talking about the wedding suite. Something that most people pay little attention to, but something that's still a huge part of your wedding planning. Because without the right wedding stationary you're guests don't know what to expect. 


These are the most common components of your wedding suite

  • Save the date cards
    The first thing your guests will see is your Save the Date Cards letting them know when and where the wedding is taking place. This way they can mark their calendars and ensure they are free for your special day. These are usually sent 4-6 months out (longer for destination weddings).

  • Wedding Invitation
    The formal invitation is sent out approximately 8-12 weeks out from your wedding day. The invitation suite usually consists of your wedding information including ceremony & reception location as well as date and times. You also include a RSVP card for guests to let you know if they're coming or not. Details about accommodations and transportation is also included if applicable.

  • Day of Information
    For your actual wedding day you'll need a ceremony program, place cards for your dinner seating and menus so people know what they're eating.

  • After the wedding
    The last piece you need is your Thank You cards. Tell your guests how much you appreciate them being present and celebrating your special day. Write a little note about any gifts they may have brought with them. And share an image from your wedding photographer so they can relive the day with you.


Keep it consistent

Keep all of your wedding stationary and planning consistent throughout. With similar designs and colors you'll make a statement from start to finish. And don't worry, there are many websites out there today that offers everything you need and will help you keep everything consistent. We've listed our favorites below.

  • Basic Invite
    Our favorite wedding stationary company is Basic Invite. They have modern, classic and timeless designs that will make your wedding look high end, expensive but at a fraction of the cost. They also offer free wedding websites so you can tell your guests your story and share your information in one single place. Ask us how to save 30% on any purchases!

  • Minted
    This website offers both a wedding website as well as printed products. Take advantage of their free sample products to test and feel out the paper products.

  • Shutterfly
    With multiple different designs Shutterfly lets you personalize everything for your wedding. Add your wedding colors and personal images to any of their pre-made designs and see if all come to life.