A Few Wedding-Invitation Ground Rules


There are tons of considerations and logistics that go into picking, writing, addressing, and sending your wedding invitations, so we wanted to give a few preliminary pointers! If you just got engaged and therefore are only starting to think about your stationery, here are a couple of things to keep in mind from the get-go:

• Make sure that your supplier can deliver invitation envelopes to you as early as possible, so you can get a head start addressing them.

• Mistakes happen, so order at least a dozen extra invitations and envelopes or just the envelopes. Also order extras as keepsakes for yourself and your family.

• Since replies and gifts are normally sent to the return address on the envelop or with the RSVP, be sure that the person or people at that address — the bride, parents, or the couple — can keep track of responses and gift deliveries. Establish your system for recording all replies and gifts.

• For addressing, you need the full names and titles for all guests; be certain that spellings are correct. Make note of relationships ("Bob's mom's best friend," "Linda's fiancé") as you assemble your list; these details can be helpful when you greet guests whom you don't know personally, arrange table seating for the reception, and write your thank-you notes.

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