To begin with, when and where is your wedding?
If you are having a summer wedding, or a wedding abroad, your guests need to know plenty of time in advance in order to save up, book holidays etc. Send out your save the date cards a year before the wedding, to ensure your friends and family can secure your special date in their calenders.
All your cards need to say is something simple like:
'Save the date
For the wedding of
Sarah and Peter
10th July 2012'
A popular trend is to create save the date fridge magnets, but most send small, one sided cards which people can pin to notice boards/walls ensuring they won't forget your special day!
What's the theme?
The theme and colours of your stationery should reflect the overall theme of your wedding - especially as your invitations will be one of the first impressions your guests receive of your wedding, so you want to make sure it's a lasting one.
Your invitations will be one of the first impressions your guests receive of your wedding; so make it a lasting one. They must tell your guests the vital information such as where, when and at what time.
Provide date, time and the addresses of both the church/registry office and the reception venue. You can also look to include dress code (where applicable), whether or not children are allowed, a poem if you aren't having a gift listů You can envisage included an information sheet with directions to your venues, local B&Bs you can recommend etc.
Make sure you send these at least 4 months before the wedding - not too early to give people too short a notice, and not too far away so people end up forgetting...
There is no right or wrong way to word your wedding invitations - Although there is a certain amount of wedding etiquette to follow, nothing is enforced, so it's best to do whatever you feel most comfortable with. You can opt for a more traditional wording, such as
Mr. & Mrs. request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Or a more informal one:
Please join us in celebrating the marriage of
The invitations can be written by the bride's parents, both sets of parents, or even the bride and groom themselves.
It's entirely up to you to select which wording suits the theme and feel of your wedding.
For the day
The rest of stationery can be bought closer to the wedding date and once you have a better idea of how many guests will be attending. You can find matching menus and place cards, remembering to give yourself plenty of time to hand write the name of each guest on individual place card (unless you get someone to do it for you!)
And don't forget ... After your wedding, there's still that last bit of wedding stationery you need to send off...your thank you cards! Choose your favourite photo from your special day, and upload it on to a small thank you card. Complete with a personal message from you and your partner, you can create gorgeous memorabilia from your wedding day.
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