After the Invitations: Wedding Day Paper

Custom Wedding Program Booklet by Art by Ellie. Photo by Allison Davis Photography.

After your save the dates and wedding invitations have gone out, and the excitement of your big day is mounting, it is time to start finalizing your day-of wedding paper needs. Although these may be more simplistic tasks since they are based off of your previous design elements we worked on with you, they still require design and printing time. You will want to allot these items to go to press about three weeks before the wedding at the latest. Keeping that in mind, let’s discuss the details.

If you plan on having a rehearsal dinner, you (or your hubby-to-be’s parents, typically) may wish to have invitations that coordinate with your wedding suite — we can help! And if not, feel free to skip to the Wedding-Day Paper checklist below...

Rehearsal Dinner Paper checklist:

  • Place Cards*
  • Menus or Buffet Station signage
  • Favor Tags or Labels (monogrammed, or “thank you”)
  • Table Numbers
  • Chair Signs (“Bride to Be” or “Future Mrs. Lastname”)

Wedding-Day Paper checklist:

  • Wedding ceremony programs (single card front & back, program fan, or booklet)
  • Escort Cards* or Seating Chart
  •  Place Cards*
  • Table Numbers
  • Menus or Buffet Station signage
  • Signage (Welcome, Guest Sign-in, Gift Table, Favor Table, etc.)
  • Chair Signs (“Bride” & “Groom” or “Mrs.” & “Mr.” for instance)
  • Favor Tags or Labels (monogrammed with wedding date, or “thank you”)

Finally, thank-you notes (which should never be overlooked even in today’s technological world of email!) are essential to marking the finale of this major event in your lives.

We are here for you and all your paper needs from the moment you say “I do” until it’s time to change your name, so you don’t have to go through any of this alone! Let us know how we can best be of service.

Custom escort cards by Art by Ellie. Be sure to arrange escort cards alphabetically so guests can locate their name quickly and easily. Photo by Holland Photo Studio.

*Note: Escort Cards vs. Place Cards

When it comes to the reception, there is a difference between an escort card and place card, but both offer creative opportunities. Escort cards are placed alphabetically by last name on a table at your reception entry and have the guest’s name and table assignment on them. The purpose is to escort the guest to their table. Once they arrive to their table, a place card with their name will be at their assigned place setting, which is especially useful for a plated dinner they have previously selected. If you plan to assign individual seats and have place cards, you must have escort cards, but if you only want to assign your guests to tables and are not having a plated dinner, you may have escort cards only, and guests can choose their own seat at their assigned table.