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Selecting Wedding Stationery

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, JET experts will help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.”  This week, wedding planner and bride-to-be Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, shares ideas for choosing wedding stationery.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Your wedding stationery, specifically the invitation, takes the charge of setting the tone for your wedding.  It is the first glimpse your guests will get and acts as a little teaser of what to expect on the big day.

Knowing where to start when it comes to selecting your suite is half the battle. Check out these handy tips that will take you from save-the-date cards to thank-you notes…

Save the date: Giving your guest a formal heads-up months in advance is a great idea, especially if your nuptials are taking place around a holiday or during peak travel times.  You can send your save-the-dates up to 6 months in advance of  your wedding.  This is options will be most helpful for guests needing to plan for time off and making travel arrangements from different states or countries.

Get personal: Visit a local stationery designer or even a graphic artist to help design something that showcases your wedding style. Now is the time to show off your personal style as a couple.

All in the details:  Add a pop of color to your tablescape with paper.  The use of menu cards, table numbers, and wedding signage is an inexpensive décor detail that also can be practical at the same time.

Editor-in-Chief:  Find a stationery designer that will proof your invitations and make edits for etiquette, spelling, and grammatical errors.  Your designer should do more than copy and paste what you provided.  For example, if you are paying for the invitations to be addressed and you send a list of addresses with state abbreviations, your stationery professional should correct that for you.

Oh, word!: Family relationships can be complicated and the standard wording of parents’ names can be difficult. If this is the case, don’t worry. There are templates you can look through for suggestions and ideas or you can get advice from your printer. Good designers and printers can offer solutions for the most appropriate wording in any situation.

Pack on the postage: Postage can add a couple hundred dollars to your stationery costs – easily. Consider the invitation size and shape. The shape of your suite is very important – interesting and unique shapes can equal an immediate upcharge. Check with your local post office for exact pricing and guidelines.

Perfect timing: To make sure your guests receive their invitations and are able to respond in sufficient time, mail them four to six weeks before the wedding. Invitations being mailed overseas should be mailed eight weeks in advance.

Mind your manners: Don’t forget to send thank-you cards. When it comes to giving thanks, it is both a tradition and common courtesy to thank those who gave gifts. Thank-you notes should specifically mention the gift; they can be brief, but should be very personal. You should try to finish them no later than a few weeks after the wedding, although traditional wedding etiquette says you have a year.

With all of the available options choosing the perfect stationery can be a challenge. Take your time and have fun with the process! When relaxed, you’ll create something beyond your dreams.