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Wedding Stationery FAQ

How many invitations do I need to order? 
My rule of thumb is...
  • 1 for every household (not guest). Families or couples who live together can share invitations but single flatmates living together should get their own.

  • 2 or 3 to keep as mementos. Frame it, pop it in your wedding box, or include it in your photo album, the choice is yours!

  • 1 or 2 for photographs. Make sure you have a set handy on the day so your photographer can take some gorgeous shots including it (and don't forget to share them using #paperfoxstationery)

  • Between 5 and 10 extras. Just in case you lose some or decide on some last-minute guests.
What should I include on my invitations? 
  • Your names. Both first and last is more formal but just first names is fine too.

  • The date and time of the wedding.
  • The location of the wedding. Include the venue name, street address, city, and, if necessary, country.
    What should I include on my further details card?
    • Venue. While the main information about your venue will be on your invitation, the details card is a great place to include extra details such as directions. You can even include a map if you wish. And if your reception is in a different location to your ceremony, don't forget to include details about that too.

    • Transport. If there's no carpark at your venue, make sure you inform your guests of the closest parking options. Additionally, include information about public transport options, taxis (for safe partying), and whether or not you're providing transport such as a coach or minibus.
    • Timings. While you don't need to disclose the full schedule of the day, you can mention a few key timings. Also mention if you're hosting any extra events like a post-wedding brunch.

    • Accommodation. If you've got guests coming from out of town, they will appreciate your recommendations on where to stay. Suggesting a few options, such as AirBnbs and hotels, will ensure there is something for everyone's budget. Some hotels even offer a discounted rate when multiple rooms are booked so it could be worth ringing around a few local places to check this out.

    • Food and drink. If you need your guests to inform you of dietary requirements, mention this on the details card and RSVP card. It is also wise to note if you are offering a cash bar so guests can come prepared.

    • Information about your gift registry or wishing well. Make it short and sweet and let guests know that presents are not compulsory.

    • Dress code. Most of the time guests will know how to dress appropriately for your occasion, so just mention dress code if it's black tie (very formal), a beach wedding (informal), or you have a theme or colour you'd like everyone to dress to. 

    • Plus ones and children. The details card is a great place to tactfully mention that the event is for named invitees only.
    • RSVP deadline. Outline the RSVP date clearly on the details card. If you're including RSVP cards mention that you would like these filled in and returned, otherwise ensure you include the email address or phone number for responses.

    • Website. The use of wedding websites is becoming increasingly popular, with many guests choosing to keep their details cards simple and share the majority of their event information online. These sites can also be used for sharing photos and memories after the date. Provide the URL on the details card (keep it short and simple if possible).
    When should I send my save the date cards?
    Anywhere from 3 to 12 months before the big day is typical. Give more notice for a destination wedding or if you have guests travelling from overseas.
    When should I send my invitations?
    Anywhere from 1 to 4 months is the standard time, although more notice is advisable for destination weddings or if save the date cards were not sent. 
    When should I ask for RSVPs to be returned? 
    This can vary depending on the venue or caterer requirements but 2-4 weeks before the big day is usually enough.