Romantic Wedding Menu for styled shoot, purple watercolor anthropologie plates, hand torn edges on menu, watercolor place cards, gold flatware

Why is day-of stationery SO important???

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Because we said so!

Just kidding, there’s a lot more to it than that. First, let me explain what the term “day-of stationery” is all about. Day-of stationery (or event stationery) refers to any paper accessories needed for the day of your wedding or event. The list is pretty long (and our most creative clients even add to it every once in a while), so let’s start with the necessities… menus, programs, escort cards (or a seating chart), hospitality bag cards and favor tags.

Romantic Wedding Menu with Hand Torn EdgesSee more of this dreamy styled shoot on Ruffled

Today, I’m talking about menus.

If you’re looking for a magazine-worthy tablescape, these are key! When creating menus with my clients, I love to start by discussing the centerpieces and linens. This allows us to create a cohesive look and a welcoming place setting for each guest.

Gold Wedding Menu, Formal with Confetti Details, Circle Shape

Of course, they’re practical too. First of all, receptions tend to be loud! We’ve all been to events where the server has to compete with the music and overall chatter of the room when listing the evening’s entrees, right? In the end, we all end up saying, “I’ll have the chicken” because we know there’s probably a chicken dish on that list we only half-heard. Personally, I’d rather have steak ?

Rustic wedding menu with greenery details and twine

A clear and well-written menu will help steer those with food allergies in the right direction.

Traditional Wedding Menu, Charcoal text, table setting with greenery and candles

We also love using them to assign seating. This piece of the puzzle certainly isn’t mandatory BUT it is hugely helpful in some situations…
1. Seating arrangements that involve extra large tables like farm tables.
2. Very formal and traditional events.
3. Small intimate receptions with only one or two tables eliminating the need for escort cards.
4. Here’s the obvious one for you… if you simply want to sit certain guests next to each other (and keep others away from each other).

Wanna see more?

Find some lovely tablescape inspiration here and here!

Make sure to check out my next post for more day-of stationery details.

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ps: Here are some photo credits in order from top to bottom… Angela Zion PhotographyJoseph Lin Photography, Ayenia NourKelsey Combe Photography ?SaveSave