Tips for Picking Memorable Wedding Invitations

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The more enclosures you have, the greater the chance that your beautiful invitation will be lost in the shuffle. We recommend keeping it simple; include the invitation and possibly a response card. (Response cards are, after all, modern inventions; in eras past, one knew to respond on one's own stationery.) Directions, maps, and hotel information are best for a later mailing, perhaps only to attendees after you have received responses. Registry details are best distributed by word-of-mouth, although they can usually be found rather easily on the internet.

Many couples are looking for ways to save money on their wedding. Are there any cost-saving tips you can share regarding wedding invitations?

There are certainly ways to keep costs down, even with engraving. If you are using the very best papers, the invitation will feel luxurious even if it does not have a bevel or complicated monogram. Another way to save is to use loose colored tissue on top of the invitation and forego envelope liners. Keep in mind that the invitation is an heirloom that, unlike cake and flowers, will be treasured for years, so using acid-free paper and crisp engraving is worth it.

What's the rule on monograms? Can you use your married initial on your wedding invitation or do you have to wait till after the ceremony to show it?

It is considered bad luck for the bride to use her married initial before the actual wedding ceremony takes place. She can, however, use it for anything after the nuptials, including on menus and place cards at the reception and on thank-you notes sent after the wedding. Monograms can make a beautiful embellishment on invitations, but you will want to restrict yourself to featuring the bride's maiden monogram only.

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Once your wedding's over, you'll probably have a stack of thank you notes to write. Get a jump on them with our art of the thank-you note guide.

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