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Don’t Forget These Day-Of Wedding Essentials + Finishing Touches

More things to check off the to-do list? Yup. We know finalizing all the last-minute details before your wedding day arrives can be overwhelming, but they’re absolutely worth all the effort to have everything lined up for the big day! Don’t forget to chat with your vendors and place your orders for these fun touches in plenty of time. These wedding essentials can add so much personality to help tell your story!


Wedding Day Essentials + Finishing Touches - Place Cards by Lauren Taylor and Co.

Calligraphy: Lauren Taylor and Co.

Place Cards

Place cards go hand-in-hand with your seating chart, denoting exactly where at the table each guest should sit and welcoming that person to their seat. A hand-calligraphed place card adds a touch of class! Here are some of our favorite Houston calligraphers and paper goods providers:


day-of wedding essentials

Calligraphy: Bering’s | Photo: Josh + Dana Fernandez

Escort Cards

What’s the difference between place cards and escort cards? While place cards are found on the tables, escort cards are another kind of seating chart where guests find their name and pick up their own place card from the wall (to then escort them to their table). We love both options!


Wedding Essentials - Programs by Jo's Paper Kitchen

Program: Jo’s Paper Kitchen

Programs + Order of Events Signage

Whether you choose to have individual programs printed, or a large order of events sign with all the details for guests to read as they enter, ceremony and reception programs are a wonderful way to share all sorts of details. Keep it simple with just the order of events, add pizazz with an illustration or make it fun with a thank you note or even fun facts about your bridal party!


hand-lettered wedding menu by Steele Magnolia Calligraphy

Menu: Steele Magnolia Calligraphy | Photo: Rivers Light Photography


If you’re having a seated dinner, hand-lettered or calligraphed menus are the perfect touch for your place settings. Your menus can even couple as place cards like the one pictured above! If you’re having a dinner buffet, you can also list the options available on a menu placed at each chair so guests can know what to expect.


live painting in Houston, Texas - Brushed Script

Painting: Brushed Script | Photo: Erika Geier Photography

Live Painting

Live paintings have become a favorite among couples in recent weddings. Having a live artist paint your wedding day portrait not only serves as a unique keepsake for you, but it’s an amazing form of entertainment for your guests as well! Many live artists like Brushed Script also offer miniature wedding paintings as keepsakes for your guests.


day-of wedding essentials

Calligraphy: Bering’s | Photo: Josh + Dana Fernandez

Koozies or Personalized Cocktail Napkins

To have and to hold and to keep your drink cold! Koozies put the fun in functionality, and your guests will appreciate both! An opportunity to carry on your wedding theme, emblem or monogram, koozies are one place where really anything goes, even if your event is more formal.


Custom Wedding Signage by Wilkins Writing

Calligraphy + Signage: Wilkins Writing

Other Day-Of Wedding Essentials, Finishing Touches, and Custom Signage

Signage and stationery (more than just the invitation – anything involving words on display!) are often-overlooked but oh-so-important wedding day essentials and contribute to the overall hospitality your guests feel as part of your big day. It’s the little things that make an impression, kind of like these signature cocktail signs! Overwhelmed by the options and not sure exactly what you’ll need? Reach out to a professional Houston invitation designer to assist and make the details of your dreams come true. Cheers!

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Other Local Vendors: Jo's Paper Kitchen, Lauren Taylor and Co., Brushed Script, Steele Magnolia Calligraphy, Wilkins Writing