When it comes to your wedding, once you've bought all the essential stationery items, you could do much worse than spending some of your remaining budget on the all those nice to haves.
At this point, you're probably wondering what distinguishes the 'nice to haves' from the 'essentials'. Well, put simply, it’s the fact that the majority of your guests will be able to attend without needing to 'save the date', and at the Service they will follow a lot (if not everything) that's going on and don't have a need for an Order of Service!
Of course, the counter-argument is why take the chance?
It is very much a matter of money when it comes to determining whether to purchase the ‘nice to have’ stationery. However, if you can find the cash, then the 'save the date' cards and Orders of Service are two of those elusive elements that can help to add a special touch to the Wedding.
Save the Date Cards
A relatively new innovation to hit the Wedding stationery market. A 'save the date' card is sent out as soon as possible to your Wedding guests with the idea that they then will earmark the day and not make others plans that would coincide with the Wedding (holidays etc.).
On the plus side, Save the Date cards can help to ensure maximum turnout for the Big Day and are an excellent idea if you plan to get married during the school holiday period when many families will head off on vacation. On the negative side, you need to decide up front on guest lists and dates, and you potentially could ‘rush’ a decision. You may also have the expense of producing 'save the date' Wedding cards and 'save the date' evening reception cards to cope with. On the whole, striking the balance between haste and speed is tricky but if you do manage to achieve it then it is well worth the effort.