Don’t forget about your Wedding Stationery Flat Lay Photo. I repeat, Do Not Forget About Your Wedding Stationery Flat Lay Photo. This photo is most likely taken on your wedding day, with your wedding accessories, your wedding bouquet, and sometimes with your wedding venue’s carpet if it fits the aesthetic!
If you spent a pretty penny on a 4 piece custom designed wedding invitation, tied with organic silk ribbon, hand addressed with beautiful lettering, sealed with a wax seal, and mailed out with vintage postage stamps, why wouldn’t you want to beautifully capture all that goodness within your official and very professional wedding photos/videos.
The problem is, almost every bride forgets about it. Between getting last minute things done, and picking up Uncle Boy and Auntie Baby from the airport, the last thing on your mind is the wedding invitation that you sent out 2 months ago. I’m one of those brides who forgot! I not only forgot to bring my wedding stationery along, I also forgot to pack our marriage license! I can 100% relate, but I’m here to help you fam! I’m sharing reasons WHY you shouldn’t forget about this photo and HOW you can remember!
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER FORGET:
TIME - Before you even spend any money on your wedding stationery, you’re spending your time. You’re taking countless hours going back and forth deciding how you want your invitations to look, which stationery designer fits your style and budget, and taking the time to wrap your head around all the tiny details. I’m talking paper, paper weight, paper color, lettering style, embellishments, etc.
MONEY - You spent your hard working money on “just paper.” Which btw it’s totally not “just paper,” so get that idea out of your head. (Continue reading along to Reason #3 for an explanation of this.)
MONEY SHOT - Your Wedding Invitation is the one piece of your wedding that documents the entire day. It contains your names, your wedding venue, the time of your wedding, maybe a map from the church to the reception, cocktail hour, and some reply cards list down whether your guest ate steak, chicken, or fish. Not only that, but your wedding invitation will also include your wedding colors, maybe illustrations of your wedding flowers or the lace pattern on your wedding dress. Take all of this, and add in your wedding bands, cuff links, wedding shoes, the bouquet, your wedding day fragrance, and boom! One beautiful flat lay photo that speaks volumes!
But that’s not all…
VENDORS - I know you didn’t just hire the best professional wedding photographer and videographer, and not have them capture every inch of your wedding day?! They actually want to include this flat lay photo in their highlight reel. Photographers say it helps with their blog posts. Videographers say it creates great transitional shots to their video content. And there are a lot of other reasons why they too, want to capture this photo. But for you my friend, just like how your soon-to-be Mr. or Mrs. makes your life feel complete, that flat lay shot of your wedding stationery, will make your wedding day album feel complete!
HOW YOU CAN REMEMBER:
BE EXTRA - Have your Stationery Designer include extra. Before your wedding day, set these extras near the items you need to bring along with you. What I do for my clients, is that I separate the extras and include a note that says something along the lines of, “bring this to your photographer the day of your wedding.” Also note, that if you got hand addressed envelopes, your Stationery Designer will include at least two envelopes — one with a fake guest address, and one with a fake return address. That way there won’t be any need to crop out private information.
MAIL OUT - I know that the challenging part about this task is that you receive your invitations at least 2 months before your big day. If you don’t want to think about keeping the extras in a safe spot you’ll remember before then, have your Stationery Designer mail the extras out to your Photographer, Videographer, and/or Wedding Planner with a simple note so they know what to do with them.
RIGHT-HAND MAN - Let’s take it up a notch and have your Stationery Designer mail it out to a trust-worthy member of your wedding party. This can become one of their task. As I refine my process, I plan on creating simple instructions for your right-hand man, so they know exactly what to do with the wedding invitation and who to hand it off to.
After all is said and done, send those professional shots to your Stationery Designer. He/She will be extremely ecstatic because I guarantee you, with every wedding they designed an invitation for, they’ve probably received only less than a handful of professional photos taken by your wedding photographer. The photo I’m sharing in this post is the VERY first time one of my clients remembered! Lol!
I hope this helps! Now, lets get those wedding day flat lays in!