Printing for a wedding party
Congratulations to the future wedding couple! You are at the right address if you want to get the prints for your upcoming wedding party as easily as possible. MEB prints and helps you design and print all the products you need. At the bottom of the page you will find links to our wedding printing related blog posts.
Table of contents:
Most common products
Before the wedding
When you set the time and place of the wedding reception, it's time to focus on the communication. Etiquette says that the invitation to the upcoming party should be sent as a letter. If there is still plenty of time before the wedding, and the details are not yet clear enough, you can give heads up to the guests of what is to come by first sending a printed so-called Save The Date card.
Save The Date -card
The Save The Date card could be translated into Finnish as a Save The Date Card and Don't Reserve Something Else To Do card. The card doesn't have to contain much other content, i.e. it's enough to tell what date (and year) it is and what to expect then. This is not an actual invitation yet. With the Save The Date card, however, you can already get your guests in the mood for the wedding and, if necessary, buy more time to plan the actual wedding invitations. MEB you can get the printed cards even on the same day if you are really in a hurry.
The wedding invitation is usually sent to the guests at the latest a few months before the celebration. The recipient of the invitation is expected to sign up so that other wedding arrangements can be clarified, mainly in terms head count for the catering. Here is a checklist of things that should be mentioned in the wedding invitation:
- The subject of the invitation, i.e. the welcome to the wedding party
- Names of the wedding couple
- Date and time
- The location of the ceremony and celebration
- Registration instructions (diet, deadline)
- Other instructions
Extra details card?
Do you have any additional instructions for those arriving at the wedding party? These can be, for example, more detailed instructions on the location of the wedding party, the dress code or the participation of guests in program numbers. Often there is so much content that it makes sense to separate the additional information into its own card, which is sent as an attachment with the wedding invitation.
Envelopes and/or Address labels
Wedding invitations and Save The Date cards are sent by post and remain intact when they are sent in an envelope.
You can go as far as you want with envelopes, but MEB offers a suitable solution for every wedding couple.
The envelopes are available in plain white, but our selection also includes more special qualities. This way it is possible to match the tone of the envelope to the tone of the cards.
If the party is big and there are a lot of guests, the marking of the addresses on the envelopes and the time it takes must also be taken into account. MEB makes this easier, as we can either print addresses directly on the surface of the envelopes (at the same time, other decorative printing is also possible) or on address labels, which can also be attached to envelopes purchased elsewhere. We only need a list (e.g. an Excel table) of the recipients and we will take care of the rest.
Prints for the wedding party
Make your wedding party look and feel like you. First, think about what kind of general atmosphere you are looking for. This is influenced by the location, servings and program, and the guests' own contribution in lifting the spirits should not be forgotten. You make the party guests feel safe when you communicate to them clearly during the different stages of the party. No one wants to have to guess where to go or what will happen next.
Will we arrive at the party venue with our own cars? Nowadays, GPS and map applications on phones work well, but if they are not enough for navigation, there should be signs in strategic places along the way. You should also take into account the signs outside and inside the party venue, so that nobody's valuable time is spent getting lost or getting directions. If the bestman is not around to welcome the guests, you can use a nice sign to welcome the guests to the party and guide them further inside.
MEB prints all possible signs that are needed. Printed signs can be made to withstand all weathers or fit different hanging methods. When planning signs, you should take into account how the sign is attached to a suitable place and under what conditions it will be in. The size of signs and texts should also be considered.
The seating arrangement or the table map is often the first thing guests come across when they arrive at the party space. The table map also gives the guests a subtle hint that they should take their seats so that the celebration can begin to go according to plan.
Often, the place of celebration has some kind of stand on which the table map can be placed at a suitable height and viewing angle. If necessary, it is also possible to attach it to the wall, but the seating map must still be in a visible place. The stand works with either a poster frame (the table map is printed as a poster inside) or a printed sign (e.g. a 5mm thick kapa board keeps the posture without a separate frame). The table map is most commonly made in A3, A2 or A1 size, but this is affected by the amount of text and the viewing distance.
Depending on the party space and the wedding couple's plans, the seating order can be marked either as a list or, if the space and table layout is more complex, as a visual map or floor plan. It may be easiest to just list the names of the guests per table and then mark the exact seats on the place cards. Also remember to mark the tables large enough so that guests can find the table that belongs to them.
It is up to the wedding couple to decide whether they want to determine the exact seats or let the guests choose their own seats at the table. In general, pre-assigned seating is recommended so that guests do not have to make difficult decisions themselves. The most popular way to mark a place is a small place card, where the guest's name is placed on the right side of the table.
Printing place cards is also recommended because MEB can print each guest name on the cards in a beautiful font, so you don't have to worry about your hand writing. All you have to do is send us a list of names and we can print the names onto the cards with ease. Place cards are usually folded into a triangle or "tent" or just plain flat cards.
Program and Menu cards
When the guest has taken their seat, they begin to explore their surroundings. Most of the time, at this point, you are interested in what happens next. There is always some kind of a card or leaflet on the table, which shows what will be served for food and entertainment.
The most common format is a printed card, with a program/schedule on the front and a menu on the other side. The card can be oblong (A65 standard size 99x210mm) and neatly arranged as part of the table setting on a plate or napkin. Each guest's own card printed allows different languages and diets to be taken into account, and the guest also gets a nice memory from the card.
The menu and program cards can also be shared by the table. Corresponding double-sided cards can be standing up, attached to some kind of clip, at suitable intervals along the table. Another common print product in tables is a 3-panel narrow table triangle, i.e. a card (usually A4 size), which is folded in two places so that the final result is three sides of the same width (A4 becomes 99x210mm panels when folded). With glue, the triangle stays in shape throughout the party. The third panel can be used, for example, to mark the table number or name.
If you want to give the guests something else to read in addition to the program and menu, the printed product can be more multi-page. For example, stories about the wedding couple, different activities (for adults or children), crafting instructions, descriptions of wedding guests or other interesting content can also be printed as a booklet.
Prints for entertainment
The wedding party often includes a program that activates the audience. Especially in the early evening, it can be good to seat the guests, for example, to quiz or enjoy speeches or other presentations. From MEB, you can get prints for all kinds of uses, so that your guests are left impressed by the props and prints.
Quizzes and other program numbers that require writing can be done with ease or with high quality. MEB has different and strong papers on which you can print stylish forms.
The star of the party is of course the wedding couple themselves and the guests are interested in the stories and memories related to them. Photos or photo books can be used to bring the best stories into visual form. In many parties, there is a table on which you can find some image related to the wedding couple, perhaps next to the guest book
Cardboard figures and photo frames
In recent years, various props and frames made for photos have become popular. From MEB, you can order realistic-sized cardboard versions of your own full-body photos, which, thanks to their background support, stand ready for selfies with guests. Frames mimicing the Instagram app are also trendy for photo spots. MEB can also print background walls and fabrics for the background of photos or other spaces.
It is common for the wedding couple to receive engraved champagne glasses or other glassware as a wedding gift. Of course, nothing prevents an object from being engraved by the wedding couple for the wedding party. MEB can engrave glass, wood, metal and almost any other surface.
Paper or plastic stickers can be used in different games, where the guests must form groups according to some criteria. Marking drinks or dishes with stickers can also be appropriate if you want to avoid the spread of germs.
Printing on textiles and clothes
Weddings usually have a traditional dress code, but for more special program numbers or purposes, you can print different clothes or accessories with your own texts and graphics.
After the wedding
A successful party will remain in the memories, but with different print products you can make it more tangible.
Thank you cards
Wedding etiquette ends with sending a thank you card to the guests. Usually a card has a short text of thanks and a picture of the wedding couple. If there is a gallery of photos taken at the wedding party online, there are usually instructions on how to browse it in the thank you card.
Photos and photo books
The wedding couple can print the best parts of the photos in their own albums. MEB also prints picture books, but there is usually more planning to do with them if there are a lot of pictures.
Ordering prints for weddings from MEB
MEB offers different options for purchasing print products for weddings. You can order through this online store, by email or in our store. We recommend the online store if you are using standard products and you also have the files already. As registered customers, you always get the cheapest price for a single product from the online store.
Graphic design of printed products
Printing requires a print-ready file. Creating a file requires an idea and sufficient technology. Depending on your creativity and available programs, here are the most common options:
Design the prints from scratch yourself
Prints can be designed with almost any program. We recommend using graphic design programs (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign, etc.) or publishing programs (Word, etc.). If you can save a pdf file from the program, it is probably sufficient. Canva is an excellent free tool.
Use premade templates
Stop struggling with an artistic vision and take advantage of ready-made templates designed by professionals
In the Canva program, you can find free and paid templates, which are also easy to edit within the program. There are also other sites on the web that have templates that can be modified.
MEB Design Service
Do you need help designing print products? You can leave the implementation on our shoulders. At a minimum, we need text content and possible images from you. If you have an indicative style in mind, all the better. Deciding on the font, illustrations and/or tone world will get you very far. In the MEB design service the cost is based on the elapsed time.
Are you interested in ordering more products? We will be happy to calculate you an offer that includes everything you need. So send us a message and we'll see how we can make wedding planning easier.
Wedding themed blog posts
We have written blog articles related to the topic and you can read them by clicking on the articles below