A Time-Saving Wedding Tip

Designing your wedding invitation can be a lot of fun, and many brides really enjoy choosing the pieces that go into their invitations. While you are ordering your wedding invitations, think about how many thank you notes and other stationary items you may need. It can be convenient (and often save you time and money) to take care of everything at once. Some things to think about ordering together include:

Wedding invitations. It goes without saying that your wedding invitation is the piece you will design first. Whatever style you choose will set the tone for your wedding. Choose a pattern that will work well in different pieces or has accent colors you can play off of in your other stationary.

Save the Date cards. These cards are usually sent out before anything else. When you are thinking about your wedding guest list, you will most likely have a group of people you know you’ll want to invite. Go ahead and get your Save the Date cards ordered (and get some extras just in case you want to send more out later).

Stamps. It can be easy to overlook stamps until you get ready to mail everything. Instead, order traditional or personalized stamps online ahead of time so you are ready when the stationery arrives!

Maps or directions. This may be maps to your wedding, reception, a hotel or all of the above. Provide the information your guests need to be able to get to and from your events and they will thank you for it.

RSVP cards. In you have RSVP cards, they should capture the number of people who will be attending from each household, and a food preference (if you are offering meal choices). Also, you’ll want to include a self-addressed and stamped envelope to make sure the RSVP cards are returned to you.

Table cards for your reception. If you have a formal dinner, table cards can help guests quickly find their table and seat.

Rehearsal dinner invitations. Your rehearsal dinner invitations can set the stage for this less formal get-together, and let people know if they are invited (or expected) to attend.

Name tags for your reception or rehearsal. If your friends and family have not met before, it is thoughtful to provide name tags either at the table or for guests to wear. One fun idea is to write a piece of trivia about each guest on their name tag as an icebreaker.

Thank you notes. You should order these early and get extras! You might be surprised how many people you know that will want to wish you and your fiancé well on your new adventure together!

Wedding announcements. Your wedding announcements should be completed, addressed and ready to mail before your wedding day so your Maid of Honor can send them out after the wedding reception.