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October 2, 2019

Head Over heels for wedding stationery

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today… to talk wedding stationery designs!

Search the app for graphic packs that suit this style. Check out ‘ArtisticBackgrounds’,  ‘Watercolour Gold Touches’, and ‘Abstract 4 in 1’ for ideas.


3. Modern classic

This is a minimalist kinda deal. We’ve been seeing this sort of trend for quite some time now in everything from interiors to web design, and there’s a reason it’s so popular. Done well, it cuts through the noise and is just super easy on the eye. Keep it simple, and keep everyone happy!


Think: light, clean and sleek. Botanical or floral touches for subtle detailing.

Classic fonts with a contemporary edge are the heroes here. Some great one are: ‘Isabel’, ‘Santis’, and ‘Playfair’.

Stationery checklist

This may look like a lot, but it’s a fairly condensed version of a wedding stationery list. Still, bear in mind that not all of it is 100% essential – it’s obvs up to you and your needs.


While all perfectly valid, among the various things that didn’t make the cut here are: engagement invites, bridal shower and bachelor/bachelorette party invites, accommodation cards, reception cards, bridesmaid proposal cards, and rehearsal dinner invitations.


Planning on guests turning up? You should probs at least tick the first two or three boxes on this list!

Timeline

When to design, print and send out your stationery? That’s the question. The answer is, there’s no need to do it all at once. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.(Thanksfor the analogy, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and apologies to all elephants!) Here’s a rough guide, assuming you’re planning well ahead…


6-9 months out

So, someone took Beyoncé’s advice, there’s a ring on it, and you’re happily engaged. Sweet. Now’s the time to design, print and send out your save-the-date and RSVP cards. Six months is fine, but even earlier is better if your wedding has a unique destination or is set around a public holiday.


4-5 months out

Your official guest list should be taking shape. Ideally, you will know how many people are attending before printing your wedding invitations.


2-3 months out

Release the hounds! That is, your wedding invites– send ‘em out into the world. (Okay,bad analogy. Doves – release the beautiful white doves.) If you have a wedding registry set up for gift options, it’s a good time to send out these cards, too. If you’ve got a dedicated wedding website, though, that’s probably the best place for gift-buying info.


4-6 weeks out

You’ve chosen what you’re wearing, right? Okay, just checking – back to stationery. Now’s a good time to print out your programs, menu cards, place namesand table numbers.


2-3 months later

World’s best honeymoon to a tropical island done, and sadly back to reality? It’s time then to send out some gratitude with thank you cards, while the memory of your special day is still fresh in your guests’ minds.

Printing

Printed collateral isn’t essential for everything on the list, of course. Might be worth considering going the digital stationery route as much as possible. Not just to save your costs, but the trees, too!


But here are are our guidelines:


Save yourdesigns as PDFs:

  • Go to Projects > Settings > Export Options
  • Toggle Show “SaveAs” Menu ON
  • Tap Export > Save As > PDF in any project


Printing from Over

Printing does have some limitations. That said, here are a few tips:


  1. Get the right print resolution by multiplying your desired size in mm by 12 OR your desired size in inches by 300.


For example, to get an A4 size in pixels:

  • Millimeters: 210 × 297 x 12 = 2520px x 3564px
  • Inches: 8.27 × 11.69 x 300 = 2481px x 3507px


  1. The biggest size a project can be in Over is 8127px, sowe don’t advise printing anything larger than A3 (everythingon our wedding checklist is less than this, so you’re good!)


  1. Lo-res images or graphics won’tprint well. Make sure images you’re bringing into the app are as high quality as the print you expect to see. The good news is that our fonts and shapes will always look pixel perfect.


Our recommended sizes:

Invites, menus, programs

A5 size: 1748 pixels x 2480 pixels(lanscapeor portrait)


Save the date, RSVP, thank you cards

A7 size: 874 px x 1240 pixels(landscapeor portrait)


Place name cards and table numbers

Place cards are traditionally folded and fold down to business card size.

(Business card size: 1050 pixels x 600 pixels)

We recommend: 1050 px wide x 1200 px high


So there you have it. With Over, it’s super easy to choose a unified theme and create elegant wedding stationery elements. And the money you save on a professional design service is surely much better spent on your honeymoon!