January 7, 2010

Going to the Chapel...

Wedding season is officially here! If you're a bride-to-be, you may be uncertain how to begin the planning process. But one of the best ways to start is to simply start sharing the wonderful news about your nuptials! Below is a simple list of the major communication components that should accompany your big day.

What is the purpose of an engagement announcement? The engagement announcement is sent to the newspapers where the bride and groom live currently, as well as to the cities where their families are from. This announcement is a sure-fire way to spread the news of your betrothal.

Save the date cards are quite common these days and are a good way to reserve your wedding date on your guests' schedules well in advance. These cards can be sent out six to eight weeks before a wedding – but many brides will send them shortly after the wedding arrangements have been confirmed.

The invitation list should be carefully prepared. The best way to approach the invitation list is to begin with the absolute list – your families, attendants, significant others of the attendants, godparents, clergyman or clergywoman. Then move on to your “would like to invite” lists. The balance between how many invitations each family gets should be equal, and should always be determined in a peaceful manner.

Here are a few tips for your invitations:
  • Order invitations three months before the wedding (or earlier, particularly for destination weddings).
  • Be sure to order all the communication pieces you want to include at the same time: reply card, directions, map, etc. This will help to ensure that the cards, inks and other components match perfectly.
  • Include all necessary information in the text – and be sure to proof it carefully before it is engraved.

*Save the Date card and Invitation available at FineStationery.com.