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27 February 2014

Wedding Stationery Tips

One of the wedding costs that you may not have fully appreciated is the wedding stationery. Nowadays this doesn't just mean wedding invitations but can include Save the Date cards sent out prior to the official invitations, menu cards, seating cards and Thank You cards. Here are a few tips which should help to take some of the stress out of this process.

There are lots of possible suppliers waiting for your business - both local and on the internet. You may find it easier to deal with a local supplier but compare what is available from a few printers.

If sending out Save the Date cards, you may want to order them for delivery between 3 and 6 months before the wedding day, while you should aim to send out your invitations at least six weeks in advance.

Before sending out any cards, make sure you know what the cost of sending each one is. The weight of a good-quality card may mean that you need to pay more than the basic letter rate. There is no point in paying for fancy invitations which don't reach their destination.

Order your stationery early Ė it is easy to underestimate the time required to write and address invitations.

You will obviously need a detailed list of who you will be inviting - you won't know how many invitations you need without this information.

Make it clear on the invitation who is actually invited. If not inviting children just leave their names off the invitation, rather than stating "no children".

Ensure that you have your guests' details spelt correctly and that you have their current addresses - just common sense really.

Make a note of relationships as you assemble your guest list. This will be helpful when you greet guests that you donít know personally, arrange your seating plan for the reception, and write your thank-you notes.

Order extra invitations as mistakes can happen when writing them out and you want them to look perfect. This may seem a waste if you don't need them, but you can keep them as a memento for you and your family.

If you get your supplier to deliver invitation envelopes before the cards, you can get on with the time-consuming business of addressing them. The envelopes will take longer to write than the invitations. If you have a label printer you could save the address info. and print labels for the invitations and thank-yous.

Ideally you will have a system for recording all replies and gifts. Make it clear on the invitations where replies are to be sent, and ensure that someone is keeping track of responses and gift deliveries.

Ensure that everything printed in your invitations, including the church and reception addresses, is correct.

It will give a better impression if all your wedding stationery is of the same design.

There are some beautiful designs available - don't spoil them by mixing typefaces. Just choose one style for all your stationery.

I hope this advice has helped and that you are happy with your stationery.
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