We complied a cohesive list of every paper product you need for your big day — from engagement-party invitations to thank-you notes!

When it comes to wedding planning, choosing your stationery might seem like one of the easier tasks to check off your list. But it can be a surprisingly complicated bridal to-do with so many moving parts — from the engagement-party invites and RSVP cards to ceremony programs and thank-you cards. Also, you may be wondering what's the difference between escort cards and place cards? And do you really need them? To help you sort through all the different types of wedding papers and the proper etiquette behind them, we crafted a comprehensive list of all the paper pieces you might hear about before the big day, what you actually need, and why.

But remember, we're covering all of the big pieces here, and many of them are optional, while others aren't. For example, your save-the-date, invitations, and thank-you cards are required. And while you're not responsible for sending out your bridal shower or bachelorette-party invites, it's important that you keep them in mind while sorting through all of the papery.

If you feel unclear about all things wedding stationery then this handy guide is for you. Click through to learn about each piece of wedding paper before you start choosing your bridal invites and more! We promise it's not as confusing as it initially may seem.

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