Nov 28, 2007

Stationary Checklist

Chances are, you're going to put a lot of thought into your invitations. It's the first hint you're giving your guests about the atmosphere of your wedding. While you are ordering your invitations, keep in mind the other stationary you're going to need that it would be nice to have coordinated.

Save the Date cards- These are especially helpful to out of town guests who will have to make travel arrangements

Invitations- If you are having a very formal wedding, you'll want formal invitations. If you're having a low-key wedding on the beach, your invitations can be more casual as well.

Response cards- Make sure you have a response card included with each invitation, with spaces for guests' names, number of guests in their party, and their meal choice if they are being given an option. Stamp and address the return envelopes.

Directions- Make sure you provide easy-to-follow directions from the ceremony site to the reception site. You might also want to provide directions to the reception site from various directions if some of your guests have never been there.

Programs- You'll want to have plenty of programs for all your guests. Include your names, the dates, the readings and hymns, and any other pertinent information.

Thank you notes- It's nice to have your thank you notes printed on the same stationary as the invitations. You could have these monogrammed with both of your names or initials.

Appropriate envelopes- Make sure you have envelopes for all the announcements/invitations/thank yous that you'll be sending out, as well as the response cards.

Address labels- If you aren't having names printed by a calligrapher, have address labels for the envelopes. These are especially helpful for the response cards.

Stamps- The post office will have pretty stamps, often wedding-themed ones. Don't forget to put stamps on the response cards for your guests to send back to you.

Every single piece of stationary doesn't have to match exactly, but try to keep a uniform theme to them.


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Order of Processional

Following are the order of the processional and recessionals for a non-Jewish ceremony, and for the Jewish ceremony.

The "processional" is when the Bridal Party enters into the ceremony space, whether church or elsewhere.

The "recessional" is when the Bridal Party leaves the ceremony space.

This is the common processional for a Catholic (first to last) ceremony:

The Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen and Officiant usually proceed to the altar first.

Mother of the Groom/Father of the Groom

Mother of the Bride: Always escorted by someone (usually an usher)

Bridesmaids (However many of them) (Solo)

Maid/Matron of Honor (Solo)
If having a runner-pulled by the groomsmen/ushers

Flower girls and ring-bearers (together or separate)

Bride escorted by Father of the Bride/brother, etc.

When the ceremony is over, the Bride and Groom walk out first, then the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen paired up and finally the parents of each.

A Jewish processional goes as follows:
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen (however many)

Mother of the Groom - Groom - Father of the Groom (together)

Maid of Honor
If having a runner-pulled by the groomsmen/ushers

Flower girl and ring-bearer

Mother of the Bride - Bride - Father of the Bride (together)