What To Order For Your Reception & Wedding Day?

I’m asked by a lot of couples these days ..
many of whom are on a tight budget … where they could make savings with their
reception stationery and what is essential.

So here are my tips for what to include on
your stationery order…

of Service

I think these days Order of Service and
whether you need them can be very dependent on your point of view and what type
of wedding you are having.

A church wedding is almost certainly going
to require some form of order of service. This can range from a brief layout of
the service with pages to refer to in Hymn and Prayer books, to a full order of
service where the hymns and prayers and any wording the congregation needs to
say detailed.
To save money I would definitely consider just have 1 Order of Service for 2 people to share and this will half your costs automatically!

If you aren’t having a Church or Religious
ceremony, it may be an option to dispense with an Order of Service, or
alternatively have a very simple ‘Order of Day’ card which gives your guests an
idea of what they can expect throughout the day.


I have plenty of Brides who like to have
one menu per person at their wedding .. using the menu as part of a place
setting for each guest. However if you are on a budget perhaps it’s worth
considering just one menu per table. Alternatively have a menu poster or board
framed at the entrance to your reception, or incorporated into the table plan,
for your guests to look at as they come in.


I have to say I think this is the one thing
you can’t dispense with for most weddings. Although I have been to a few
weddings where the couple have wanted all their guests to mingle and therefore
no-one has been given a specific place to sit, most Brides & Grooms will
want to make sure certain people are sat on certain tables and placecards are a

Table Plan

As above, if you do want your guests to sit
in a specific place, a table plan is a must.

I offer several options to couples, from
fully mounted and even framed table plans, to a rolled poster which they can
display as they wish, and even just the artwork … to really suit any budget.
I’m also going to be offering Suitcase style table plans to hire very soon aswell!

Often a flat printed table plan will be
cheaper than one which is heavily embellished to match your stationery ..
although check beforehand as this may not always be the case as printing costs
are high compared to the cost of layered card.