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A Save the Date Card or Wedding Invitation is one of the first pieces of stationery that your guests will receive and most importantly it will convey the theme and style for your entire wedding day. The style and design will indicate to your guests what to expect on the day. A wedding invitation lets your guests know if the wedding is going to be a formal event, an intimate gathering of close family and friends, a casual and informal affair, or anything in between.

Before jumping head first into this process it is worth taking a step back to consider the appropriate etiquette for your wedding stationery which will in turn help the day’s events seamlessly follow on from one to another with no hiccups allowing you and your guests to relax and simply enjoy the day.

So here are a few of my suggestions on wedding stationery etiquette to start you off on the right path:

Do consider sending out Save the Date cards. These are particularly appropriate if you are having a destination wedding as it will give your guests the time to organise leave from work, flights and accommodation etc. You’d kick yourself if you thought that more of your lovely family and friends would have come to your wedding if only they were given more notice.

Simplicity Save the Date Card by mini Moko

Simplicity Wedding Collection

Do send an invitation to everyone that will be attending your wedding. You can’t leave people out, such as your family or close friends on the basis that it is obvious they will be coming.

Delightful Dahlia Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Delightful Dahlia Wedding Collection

Do always send your wedding invitations out at least one month prior to your wedding date. Even this is cutting it a little fine and you should ideally send them out at least 6-8 weeks before. This allows your guests to plan accordingly for the big event!

Classic Monogram Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Classic Monogram Wedding Collection

Do ensure that you wedding stationery communicates all the details about the day’s proceedings. Times, locations, directions and maps all help to save confusion on the day. If you are having a destination wedding it may well be helpful to include the location details of hotel accommodation in the local area as well as transport information if needed.

Regency Information Card by mini Moko

Regency Wedding Collection

Do write exactly who you are inviting, onto your wedding invitations. Rather than putting Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Family, it is wise to consider exactly who you are inviting from the family. For example, you may not wish to have very young children at your wedding and so it avoids writing ‘no children allowed’ which is a big no no! This way you are tactfully expressing who is invited and who is not. This allows the guests to make arrangements for babysitting of the younger family members if that is what you wish. Obviously if  ‘the more the merrier’,  put every family member’s name down.

Vintage Circus Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Vintage Circus Wedding Collection

Do proof read your wedding invitations before they get printed. Even get someone else to go over them as well with a fresh pair of eyes as you’ll be devastated if they come back with typos.

Embellish Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Embellish Wedding Collection

Do remember that your wedding day is all about fun and family. Make sure that your wedding invitations reflect the tone and style you have set for your wedding day in both design and the level of formality of wording.

Peonies Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Peonies Wedding Collection

Do always include return postage on your RSVP card. It is something that guests still expect and it is not the place to try and economise.

Regency RSVP Card Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Regency Wedding Collection

Do include first name and surnames on your place cards. This saves so much confusion for your guests when they arrive at the reception and they are trying to decide where they should be seated. Inevitably you will get duplication of first names and you don’t want these poor souls to be walking around wondering whether they have the right seat or not!

Starfish Place Card Wedding Invitation by mini Moko

Starfish Wedding Collection

Do always send out Thank You Cards to your guests no more than 6-8 weeks after your wedding day. These can be personalised with your guests’ names, however the wording inside should really be hand written and personal to sincerely show your appreciation.

Lovebirds Thank You Card by mini Moko

Lovebirds Wedding Collection

So as you can see there are a few things to consider when thinking about your wedding stationery. However, it’s not difficult and when done properly you’ll certainly reap the rewards. Good Luck!

Ms Polka Dot says: Ellen from mini Moko Designer Stationery has given us some well thought out advice for getting your wedding stationery just right. Just follow her advice and you won’t go wrong!

Ellen says: Our extensive wedding collections include a family of twelve products to choose from, ranging from Invitations and RSVP’s through to Place Settings and Guest Seating Charts. Within each collection, all stationery has been designed around a single, continuous theme ensuring your guests received the best impression of your wedding from the first moment they receive their Invitation through to receipt of a Thankyou Card at the end.

Furthermore, should you desire something truly unique for your event, we also offer a custom design service to make your day even more special.

Images from mini Moko Designer Stationery

Education is something I never tire of, I’m always reading, always learning- for me it’s vital to the success of my website. I’m always incredibly fascinated by wedding professionals I admire- learning how they got where they are, thoughts that have led them their and their infinite wisdom.

The 21st Century Bride is a conference kicking off in New Jersey on Monday the 28th of March. But this is a conference with a difference- not only can you attend in person. But the entire event will be live streamed, so you can access the amazing speakers, the knowledge, the wisdom without leaving the comfort of third floor Brisbane studio or your Sydney home (and ugg boots).

The 21st Century Bride will feature speakers like Anne Chertoff (Previous editor in chief of Aisledash, Anne has worked on numerous wedding titles like Modern Weddings & Martha Stewart Weddings) speaking on  “Blogging Best Practices”,  Alan Berg VP of Market Intelligence at The Knot speaking on Closing the Sale… The Missing Link” and “Components of a Successful Website”, Amy Wilkins Senior Vice President, Publisher, Martha Stewart Weddings on “Understanding the 21st Century Bride”  among many more.

The 21st Century Bride is a conference focusing on how to focus your business, your brand. It’s designed to be a conversation, not information overload, a fun event where you can learn while being in an environment where the speakers are talking with you- not just to you.

Polka Dot Bride readers can get a 15% discount off the registration using the code WPN2 just visit The 21st Century Bride website to register (registration for inline closes Monday morning on the day of the event.

We were so excited to share the transformation of our Prahran store, from a concrete prison to a bridesmaid boutique with you that we thought there wasn’t much more to celebrate at our Prahran premises. Yet being sane and dull is not part of the Ava Madison genetic make up and after many discussions with various people in our gorgeous industry we all decided an opening night was well over due and as a result we have some new pics to share 🙂

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It was a night full of lots of yummy food, gorgeous clients and the beautiful wedding industry professionals who all supported us in so many ways. Each VIP client received a goodie bag filled with cupcake samples by Splendid Servings, a mini wedding planning kit by A Lavish Affair, a gorgeous catalogue from Wedding List Co, a very stylish candy box compliments of A Lavish Affair and some chocolates for those sweet emergencies. We had such a ball chatting to clients and assisting them with choosing colours and dresses for their special day whilst we nibbled on a range of scrumptious sweets, and sipped champagne to the vocals of Peter Thornley, who serenaded guests with his smooth vocals.

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Best not to ramble on for too long, which I am prone to doing, and show you the amazing pictures taken by Hybrid Imaging who did a fab job of taking these pics and mingling at the same time, now that’s talent 🙂

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Kate Hill Flowers created a gorgeous arrangement of green and white to compliment our Ava Madison colours and spruce up the dessert table.

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The delectable candy arrangement compliments of A Lavish Affair with take home candy boxes.

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I am addicted to these cupcakes by Splendid Servings – never a dull moment when it comes to flavour and style.

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Wedding List Co donated a door prize of two Royal Doulton Champagne flutes valued at $150.

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Peter Thornley (phone: 0448 353155) hard at work.

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And lastly, we would love to thank Polka Dot Bride and the Polka Dot team for all of their support in promoting the evening.

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Ms Polka Dot says: Congratulations to Natalie and Michelle of Ava Madison on your successful VIP night. We were honoured to be just a small part of it!

Feel free to contact Natalie  (natalie@avamadison.com.au) at Ava Madison for more information on any of the above suppliers.

Photography by Hybrid Imaging