Tips for Brides | Wedding Stationery 101: Invitations Road Map


Stationery is an integral part of your wedding celebration. From the moment your guests open your save-­the-date card to the day they receive your thank-you note, your family and friends will experience your wedding largely through the look and feel of your stationery.



By choosing a theme and consistently expressing it through the quality of the paper, the color of the ink, a unique graphic element, or even a type style, you ensure that your wedding will be eagerly anticipated and remembered.



In my many years of working with brides I have found everything goes far smoother for all involved (bride and groom, their families, the bridal party, vendors, and even the venue) if the wedding is organized from the very start.

Having said that, stationery is most often the very start! While the invitation needs to be properly composed, all inserts and additional information cards also need to be correct and efficient. Make things organized and easy for your guests. Start by properly addressing the envelope with correct titles and with the exact names of who is actually being invited to the celebration.

While wedding websites have grown in popularity, there is really no guarantee that guests will visit them! I have heard from countless brides that guests have not gone to the site and some older guests do not regularly use a computer.



Below is a road map to printed materials that will make up your stationery wardrobe. Remember to be to be organized from the very beginning and look for my future guest entries where I will elaborate on the important details! (And if you or your fiancé have any questions before then, don’t hesitate to visit me at Decoratifs in Downtown Melbourne!)




The Engagement
Save­ the-date Cards
Invitations to an Engagement Party
Invitations to Meet You or Your Fiancé
Invitations to a Bridal Shower

Pre~Wedding Celebrations
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Pre-Wedding Thank-you notes

The Wedding
Selecting your Wedding Invitation
Composing Your Wedding Invitation
Invitation Enclosures
Preparing Your Invitation for Mailing
Reception Invitations
Designing Your Wedding Program
Composing your Wedding Program

The Reception
Table Cards
Place Cards
Menu Cards
Favor Cards
Escort Cards

Wedding Announcements
Writing Thank~you Notes
Gift-Acknowledgement Cards

New Couple
Individual Calling Card Etiquette
Couples Calling Card
Moving Cards
Personalized Stationery
Social Papers
Papers for Note Writing


Charlotte Ferrante was raised in Northern Kentucky and moved to Melbourne in 1978. After studying Fashion Merchandising she opened Decoratifs in downtown Melbourne in 1987. The business began with gifts and tabletop offerings and eventually evolved into bridal registry and invitations. In 2004, Charlotte made a formal transition to creating custom invitations and specializing in stationery and partyware. 

Charlotte trained under Nancy Holder, Certified Protocol Consultant, and Lynn Bowen, Wedding Consultant, and currently works with two local artists for her custom offerings, Barbara J. Struttmann and Meagan Pifer.

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