About Our Stationery

Celebrating 46 years of beautiful stationery in 2018.

Paper & Stuff has everything you will need to create stand-out wedding stationery.

Whether you’d like a traditional styled invitation, tiny thank you tags for the reception, vintage chic lace and ribbons to decorate mason jars, or some of our new modern digital stationery options – we are sure to have something for you.

Select from our wide range of papers, discover beautiful ribbons and accessories. Be inspired by our gorgeous stationery samples, and remember our display samples are just the tip of the iceberg! There are always more tucked away. Fall in love with a buckle, ribbon or simply a colour.

We can help create your invitation to suit you, and then theme the rest of the stationery to match. We work with you to make everything as easy as possible.

We believe in good old-fashioned service. Touch the papers. See the colours are right. Hear our helpful advice. We are here to help you.

Stationery packages are offered in three convenient options that will help meet your budget, see our three options…

We love weddings, so come and talk to us.
Simply make an appointment by phoning 02 4977 3200 or contact us by email. 

We offer appointments during our shop hours Monday to Friday, and also after-hour appointments.

Our after-hour appointments are aimed to suit those who work full-time or those who are travelling from a distance to visit us. They can be either on a weekday night or on a Sunday. Please remember to book ahead for the Sunday appointments as they are very popular.

About-our-stationery


About Our Wedding Invitations

We have been collecting beautiful materials for years, you will find we have everything you need to create stunning invitations.

Whether you want an invitation that is classic with lace and pearls, or a simple invitation on a budget. Rustic, vintage, retro, modern, we have you covered. Your invitation may be as modest or as embellished as you like. 

From a single piece of gorgeous card printed in traditional styling. Monogrammed with a wax seal. A invitation that opens and shuts, or one of our all-in-one invitations. You can add a belly-band, a pocket or pouch with insert cards, or even a wrap. The sky is the limit. Select from a wide range of papers, beautiful ribbons, lace, twines, raffia, hessian, meshes, delightful accessories… Be inspired.

If you have a particular theme… it will be fun to create.

We listen to you, then help you to create an invitation to suit your wedding day.

Once your wedding invitation style and colours are chosen, we do the quote while you are at the appointment. The exact quantity of invitations you need. No minimums.

We offer helpful advice at this stage to help you achieve your budget by talking about our three stationery options on offer: Do-It-Yourself, Wedding-In-A-Bag or Custom-Made.

We love weddings, so come and talk to us.
Simply make an appointment by phoning 02 4977 3200 or contact us via email. 

We offer appointments during our shop hours Monday to Friday, and also after-hour appointments.

Our after-hour appointments are aimed to suit those who work full-time or those who are travelling from a distance to visit us. They can be either on a weekday night or on a Sunday. Please remember to book ahead for the Sunday appointments as they are very popular.

 

Here are some samples to show some of our work.

Invitations


Cards to go with Invitations

Many couples decide to purchase these cards to go with their invitations. They can be made into whatever size you would prefer. We are happy to help out.


RSVP Cards
You may choose to include a RSVP card to make it easy for guests to let you know if they are able to make it to your big day.

If you are needing to know additional information, like special dietary requirements, or what song gets them up on the dance floor, or if they want to catch the complimentary bus, then you will need to include this card.

One of the ways that we offer the rsvp is as a double sided postcard, so all they do is fill it in, add a stamp and post it.


Gift Suggestion Cards

Many couples choose to include a gift suggestion card with their invitation stationery.

Gift suggestions come in many forms now, from the wishing well, birdcage, honeymoon travel, gift cards from department stores of your choice, bridal registry, home deposit, or simply asking your guests to pay for their own meal at the reception.

It is really up to you to decide what you'd like to do.

Look under wording suggestions for possible wordings, if you like you can combine a few, or write your own.


Accommodation Cards
With many weddings being away-from-home,
 guests are often unfamiliar with the wedding location and facilities. It is a nice touch to do a bit of the leg work for your guests and supply them with accommodation information.

Many accommodation venues will offer discounts for weddings.

One of our recent accommodation cards offered four alternate venues, catering to all different budgets. The couple also suggested sight-seeing options whilst in the area.

Cards-to-go-with-Invitations


About Our Three Options

We offer wedding invitations and other stationery in three convenient options to help meet your budget.


Our 'Do-It-Yourself' Option

The most economical option for those on a strict budget. Just remember though, while you will save on money, it can be stressful if you have never done this before. If you are considering this option then please read our list of handy D-I-Y tips.

What do we for you in this option…
We help you choose the invitation style and materials you'd like. We then encourage you to purchase sample pieces of your materials to try out. First you need to test that your printer works with your chosen paper. If it does, you make a rough sample of the invitation. Then bring or post the invitation sample back to us, along with the quantity you want. We then calculate the quantities of materials that you need, and pull your order from the shelf, ordering in any additional materials required. Once everything has arrived and is packed, we phone or email to let you know.

What you do in this option…
You take the sample pieces of your materials home and test that the card and paper selected works with your printer. Because if they won't work with your printer, that's a big problem. If they do work – that's great! Make a rough sample of your invitation, bring or post the sample back to us, along with the quantity you want. Once we have rung you to say all the materials have arrived, you come and pick it up. You then set up the rest of the artwork on your computer and print, cut and assemble your invites, completely… doing-it-yourself!


Our 'Wedding-in-a-Bag' Option

This is our most popular option at Paper & Stuff,
as we do the things people hate – artwork, printing and cutting.
And once we have taught you, you handle the assembly.

Here's how the Wedding-in-a-Bag option works…
We help you with invitation selection and also talk about any other items of stationery you may require for your big day.

When you are happy with your chosen design, we quote it for you.

If you decide to book us, we ask you to pay a deposit, once you have paid the deposit, we collect all the invite materials required.

You email us the wording you'd like to use for your invitation. Or if you get stuck at this stage, we can help you with wording to get started. We then create an artwork proof to email back to you for checking.

After any corrections that you require are done and artwork is approved, you email us the list of guest names for each invitation and personalised artwork is set-up, printed, cut and any other production work done.

Everything is then packed and double-checked ready for pickup. We then email you to say it is ready, and we make an pickup appointment.

When you pick it up, we teach you how to assemble the first invitation, provide all our helpful tips and tricks, and then you do the rest and save on the assembly fee.

You can tell your friends you made them, and we won’t tell!


Our 'Custom-Made' Option

With this option we do everything for you.
When we have helped you through the design and selection,
we take care of the rest.
Your stationery will be completed ready for pick-up
and you don't have to lift a finger.

This is the easiest option for you,
however it is the more costly of the three options. 

Our-Three-Options


Before the Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement.
It is an exciting time.
Here are some of the items that we can help you with to celebrate.

Engagement Invitations
One of the many things to consider is… will we have an engagement party?

If you are having a three month engagement as John and I did, then just planning the wedding will keep you on your toes! If your engagement is longer, you may decide to throw a party and we'd be delighted to help out.

Engagement-Invites

Save-the-Date Cards
A Save-the-Date card is good for any of the following reasons. Your wedding is a long time away. Your wedding is going to be overseas. The wedding is on a long weekend, close to Easter, or it's the week before or after Christmas.

But you may choose not to send out Save-the-Dates if your wedding is local, your family and friends don't need to travel far, or the wedding is small. Simply send your wedding invitations out in a timely fashion.

Save-the-Date-Invites

Will you be my Bridesmaid?
So who are you going to ask? One of my brides told me that she got so excited when he popped the question, that after a few celebratory drinks, she texted her girlfriends "Am getting hitched, will you be my bridesmaid?" Eighteen said "Yes". Which made for quite an interesting time, but that is another story. Once you have chosen who to ask, we can help out with a card that makes it official.


Other Before the Wedding Stationery
• Bridal Shower Invites
• Bridal Shower Games
• Hens Party Invites
• Wedding Invitations, see our 'Invitations' section


For the Ceremony

Whether you are having your ceremony in a cathedral with a bishop, or on a sandy beach with a celebrant, you may choose to add the following stationery items for your day.

All ceremony artwork and printing will be created using fonts and styling consistent with your wedding invitations. This way they will match the 'look' of your wedding day.

Order of Service Programs
Order of Service Programs are really helpful for a church wedding, especially if your guests need to know what words to sing, when to participate in responsive readings, or when to stand or sit. A program is also a nice keepsake. They also give you something to read if the bride is really, really, really late…

Order-of-Service

Petal Cones
Paper petal cones can be filled with petals, rice or confetti – but first, make sure you ask the venue what you are allowed to use. Petal cones can be personalised with your monogram, names and date, or anything your heart desires.

Signage
We can make any signage that you will need for your ceremony. From a large greeting sign that says "Welcome to the Wedding of Samantha and Matthew", to "Pick a Seat, Not a Side" to a tiny sign in the ladies toilets that says "Have a Headache, Have an Aspirin". Whatever you like. Simply purchase the frame that you wish to use. Email us through the frame inside measurement, frame colour, and what wording you'd like, and we can quote it for you.

Parasols and Fans
Perfect accessories for perfect photo opportunities. These also make excellent bridesmaid gifts.
You can also add pearls or rhinestones to 'bling' them up. Just remember though our parasols are sun-shades not rain brollies.

Parasols-and-Fans

 


For the Reception

Wedding receptions today are held in all sorts of settings – formal restaurants, art galleries, clubs, pubs, cafés, community halls and even the old barn in Pop's yard. Every venue has different stationery needs. Every style of reception has different stationery needs too. For instance a cocktail reception or buffet smorgasbord does not require menus, whereas a formal seated reception in a vineyard where matching wines accompanying the food would benefit from a menu.

Place cards
Place cards add a personal touch for any seated reception. They can be as simple as a folded piece of card with the guest name on one side, layered with embellishments, or a combined name card, thank you and menu that sits on a guests plate. Many choose to just have first names on their place cards.

Placecards

Menus
For seated receptions a table menu can be a good idea, especially if you are holding your reception at a winery and you are a bit of a foodie. You can choose to do one menu per guest, or one or two menus per table, or even just include the menu printed onto the seating chart at the front door of the reception. If you are doing table menus and the tables are long or round it can be good to do two menus per table, so that everyone can see one. A menu could also be combined with the place card and thank you as one per guest.

Menus

Table Numbers
Table numbers come in all forms and styles. A table number can be a larger version of a place card, or a single card that is clipped into a photo frame or holder, or it can be added into the tables floral arrangement. Table numbers styles vary widely from just a number, to numbers with a picture of the couple at each age… 'See here we both are when we were One', 'Two', etc

Table-Numbers

Bonbonnierre Boxes
Bonbonniere gifts are a small token gift given as a gesture, to thank guests who may have travelled a long way to attend the wedding. One old favourite for a wedding bonbonniere was five sugar coated almonds which were traditionally given to represent health, wealth, long life, fertility and happiness. We have many styles of boxes available to hold your bonbonnierre gift to your guest. Today, we have seen many different types of wedding favour from boiled sweets to succulents.

Bonbonnierre

Thank You Tags
If you are making your own wedding favours or need a tag to hang off a small jar of local honey, chutney or jam, a bottle opener or stubby cooler, or whatever you are making… we can make tags for you in any style and colour you'd like.

Thank-You-Tags

Personalised Wine or Beer Labels
If you are wanting to give half bottles of wine or bottles of kraft beer as your thank you, remember to first check with the reception venue to see if this is allowed. If it is, then we can design and print personalised wine or beer labels for you. One of our couples went one step further and sent out a bottle of wine in a wooden crate to their invitees with their wedding invitation printed on a label on the bottle back, and their photo, names and date printed on a label on the bottle front. The delivery was the tricky thing, as they were all hand delivered!

Thank You Stickers
If you are making your own wedding favours and need a sticker for a jar lid or front… we can make them for you, just phone or email to chat about it.

Fingerprint Signing Board
A fingerprint signing tree is a nice way to preserve a memory of your wedding day. Each leaf is an inked fingerprint of the people who have attended your day. If you are interested in getting one, please just phone or email us.

Signage
We can make any signage that you would like for your reception. From a large seating chart that says "Welcome to the Reception of…" and lists the tables with the guest on each table, to a small sign that says "Dancing Shoes". Whatever you like. Email us your signage idea. Or simply purchase the frames. Email us through frame inside measurements, frame colour, and what wording you'd like, and we can quote it for you.

All reception artwork and printing will be created using fonts and styling consistent with your wedding invitations and ceremony stationery. Again matching the 'look' of your wedding day.

 

Other ceremony items we can help with
• Wedding Chocolates
• Drink Coasters
• Personalised Guest Signing Books 


After the Wedding

Thank You's
Many couples choose to send out Thank You's after their wedding day. Traditionally this was the way it was done. I think my Mum was the only person I knew who wrote her Thank You's while on her honeymoon. But knowing Mum I can believe it!

A really nice Thank You to send someone is a piece of notepaper with a hand-written note, simply saying 'Thank You' wrapped around a few photos of you from the day, tied up with a ribbon or string. If you like this idea we can make you some small notepaper with your monogram, names, address and contact detail on it.

Some couple choose not too, instead adding their Thank You's onto their reception place cards, seating chart and bonbonnierre gift instead. This way they consider the Thank You is all done and dusted on the day.

Sometimes though you get a gift from people who weren't invited to the wedding, and if you do, definitely make an effort and send them a Thank You. It is only polite.

Other Big Life Events Stationery
Paper & Stuff can help you with stationery for other large events that happen in life, both the happy and the sad, though we much prefer the happy – and who doesn't.
• Baby Shower Invites
• Birth Announcement Cards
• Birthday Invitations
• Anniversary Invitations
• Funeral Programs
• Sincere Thanks Cards

Other Fun Stuff
• Card making Supplies
• Scrapbooking Supplies
• Kid's Craft and Project Supplies


When to Post

This is a suggestion of timing in an ‘ideal world’, we understand though that life does not always comply. Our timing example works backward from your wedding day, so here we go…

Wedding Day

RSVP Date
Either four or six weeks before your wedding day. Ask your reception venue or caterer when they require the final numbers (it is usually two or four weeks before your wedding) and then make the RSVP date either two or four weeks before their final numbers date. This way you have time to make any reception stationery if you are making it all yourself. It is also good to allow extra time to chase guests who may have overlooked returning their RSVP.

There are a couple of Hunter Valley venues who ask for final numbers at the eight week mark, so if you are having your wedding at either of these venues your RSVP date will need to be either ten or twelve weeks.

When to Post
Within Australia – Post eight weeks before RSVP date.
Overseas – Post a minimum of twelve weeks before RSVP date.
Don't be tempted to post less than eight weeks for within Australia. We had a bride last year whose invites took two weeks to get from Newcastle to Dubbo. So to reduce your stress, allow eight weeks.  

Stationery Pick-Up Dates from Paper & Stuff
Do-It-Yourself Invitations – as early as possible before your posting date. Give yourself plenty of time and avoid extra stress.
Wedding-In-A-Bag Invitations – four or six weeks before your posting date. This gives you the time you need to assemble. Assembly is not hard to do, but it is nice to have time up your sleeve when doing it. It avoids stress. It also means there is time to solve any issues you may find, like… opps I forgot to invite the cousins!
Custom-Made Invitation – one or two weeks before your posting date. This way you are ahead of schedule, and can breathe easy.

Start planning your wedding invitations around six months before your wedding.

If you are planning a destination wedding then you will need to get the invitations out earlier so your guests have ample time to plan. For help with timing for this type of wedding just ask when you come in for your appointment.

If however you have less than six months before the wedding… don’t panic, ring for an appointment and we will see what we can do.

For ceremony and reception timings, visit their sections...


Wording for Invitations

Here are some suggestions to consider for your wedding invitation wording.

If you feel adventurous, you could word your own invitations.

One of the most fun invitation wordings I can remember started with…
Woo Hoo! We're getting married and you're invited!

The below will give you guidelines for what should be included, and are always handy to use as a starting point even if you don't use the exact formats.

Whatever you do, plan to have fun, it's your day after all.

 

Casual Wording
Together with their families
Marjorie and Homer
have great pleasure inviting
(insert guest name)
to celebrate their love and marriage

Saturday 4th October 2021
The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield
at 4:00pm

 Celebrations will continue at
The Gilded Truffle
South Street, Springfield
at 6:30pm

 RSVP before 10th September, 2021
742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield SA 0400


Formal Wording

(guest name goes here)
Clancy and Jaqueline Bouvier
Request the honour of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter

Marjorie
to
Homer

Son of Abraham and Mona Simpson

Saturday 4th October 2021
The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield
at 4:00pm

and afterwards at
The Gilded Truffle, South Street, Springfield
at 6:30pm

 Dress: Black Tie

 Please reply by the 10th of September, 2021
742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield SA 0400



Hosted by Couple
(insert guest name)
Please come and join the celebrations as
Majorie and Homer
exchange wedding vows

on Saturday 4th October 2021
at The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield
at 4:00pm

Reception to follow
at The Gilded Truffle
South Street, Springfield
at 6:30pm

Dress: Smart Casual 

Please reply by the 10th September, 2021
742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield SA 0400
Phone (08) 8723 4477
Email marg4homer@gmail.com


Bride's Parents Separated
(insert guest name)
Mrs Jaqueline Bouvier
and Mr Clancy Bouvier
Request the honour of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter

Marjorie Juliet
to
Homer Jay Simpson

Saturday the fourth of October 2021
at four o’clock in the afternoon

The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield

and afterwards at
The Gilded Truffle, South St, Springfield
at half past six in the evening

 Dress: Black Tie

 Please reply by the tenth of September, 2021
742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield SA 0400
(08) 8723 4477


One Parent Re-married
(insert guest name)
Mrs Jaqueline Bouvier
 and Mr & Mrs Clancy Bouvier
Request the honour of your presence
At the marriage of

Marjorie Juliet Bouvier
to
Homer Jay Simpson

 Saturday the fourth of October 2021
The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield
at four o’clock

and afterwards at
The Gilded Truffle, South St, Springfield
at half past six

 Dress: Black Tie

 RSVP 10 September, 2021
742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield SA 0400
(08) 8723 4477


Hosted by both Parents

Clancy and Jaqueline Bouvier
together with
Abraham and Mona Simpson
request the pleasure of the company of

(insert guest name)

to celebrate the marriage of their children

Marjorie
&
Homer

Saturday 4th October 2021
The First Church of Springfield
Walnut Street, Springfield
at 4:00pm

immediately followed by canapés and drinks

 Reception to follow at
The Gilded Truffle
South Street, Springfield
at 6:30pm

 RSVP: 10th September, 2021
334 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield NSW 0400
Telephone (02) 8723 4477

 Dress: Elegant Cocktail


For wording ideas for gift suggestions go here.