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Wedding Invitations stationery program tips

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Your Wedding invitations reflect your theme and style.

Wedding Invitations stationery program tips to help you shop.

Save the Date notice starts your wedding invitations.

 

Tips for selecting wedding invitations.
Wedding Invitations stationery program tips.
If you are buying stationery at a gift or stationery shop you’ll be looking for wedding invitations that reflect your theme and style. Your list will also include reception cards. RSVP cards. Programs and thank-you notes.

Accessories include place-cards. Place-card holders. Candles. Guest Favors. Napkins. Toasting glasses. Cake knives. Albums. Guestbook and a fancy pen for signing.

So focus on the ambiance you want your invitation to create when your wedding guests open their envelopes.

You’ll be choosing paper stock, ink color and the style of font type.

Take a look at the  invitations you and your family have received in the past. This will give you a starting point for what you might not want.

If you find some wording you like keep it in your binder.

There are many ways to handle wedding invitations.

You can select from order books at gift and stationery stores. And you can pickup single invitations or packages from the racks or online.

Or you can order invitations from printers. Direct mailing house catalogs. Websites. Or you can create your own on a computer with a software package that includes calligraphy. Then have them printed at a copy shop.

On the other hand you can write them out yourself on special stationery.

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Some wedding invitation packages come complete with wedding albums and all kinds of necessary items.

The formality of your wedding is set by the overall style of your invitation.

Formal invitations are usually engraved or thermographed on the front side of a single or folded sheet. The paper is heavy white or creamed color.

They are very plain but some may have a raised border or panel.

They use a legible classic type style either in serif elaborate curls or sans serif without curls in black ink.

The greater the variation from this basic model. The more informal the invitation becomes.

Prepare a draft of the wording you want on your wedding invitations. So that when you are shopping you can compare the price that each person has quoted you.

Formal invitations have a traditional style. However your family situation or personal wishes may alter the way you want your wording done.

When you are selecting your wedding invitations it is a good time to order all your stationery requirements. This way everything will have the same look.

To reorder wedding invitations it takes time and added expense. Therefore order fifteen percent more as a cushion.
Ask for your envelopes in advance so that you can start to address them.

Theme your Wedding Invitations stationery and program all the same.

Wordings for wedding invitations.
Gift and stationery shops will provide several samples of wordings that you can choose from.

Make sure you also choose the font typeface you want them to use.

The traditional wording is formal and provides very little room for innovation.

Contemporary wording can be as innovative as your family situations, customs or wedding theme permits.
Wedding Invitations stationery and programs.

Traditional dos & don’ts for wedding invitations.

• Do use first, middle and last names. Do not use nicknames or initials.
• Spell out your words, and do not use the & symbol.
• You can spell honor and favor the English way honour and favour if you wish.
• Do write out the dates of the days, times and year. Do not use a string of numerals.
• And ask for a proof of your printed invitation. Make sure both families have checked it for corrections or to make any changes.

Do Not sign the final proof of your invitation until no more corrections or changes are needed.
Do Not handwrite anything on your invitations such as – no gifts, no smoking, no children or cash bar.
• If you can help it, Do Not invite people to your ceremony and not to the reception. It saves a lot of hard feelings down the road.

Traditional wedding invitations wording is all in italic example.

Mr. and Mrs. (Use first, middle and last name of father)
request the honour (or honor) of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Anne
to
Mr. Paul Christopher on Saturday, the ninth of October
two thousand and one
at two o’clock in the afternoon
(place)
(address)
(city/province)
(If everyone is invited to the reception add the following)

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followed by a reception at
(place, address)

R.S.V.P.
In today’s society the Bride’s parents could be divorced and her mother remarried. (Bride’s mother’s name then father’s name).
Or the Bridegroom’s parents are going to share the costs of the wedding. Traditionally the Bride’s family and Groom’s family.
If the Bride’s mother uses her professional name, show her professional name in a bracket under their married names.
Or if it is a double wedding in one family (the older child gets top billing).
And a step-parent (use their daughter/son or parent’s name daughter/son. Or a single parent (single parent’s name).

If you are sponsoring your own wedding (your names invite you to their/our wedding, etc.).

Or if your wording is going to include military or professional or clergy titles or degrees. Spell the title out rather than using an abbreviation.

Stationery that should match your wedding invitations.

You will need thank-you notes to send to the people who send you gifts. And to those who do special things for you while planning your wedding.
These notes should be handwritten. And specifically mention the gift or service. You can customize your stationery with your name, initials or logo.
After you are married both of you can sign the thank-you notes.

Place-cards
Formal weddings require place-cards. If a large wedding the tables need to be numbered.

A list is usually found at the entrance to the reception room.

These cards can be printed or hand written.

If you are having a theme wedding this is a great opportunity to create unique place-cards holders. They can also double as guests favors.

Guest Books can match your wedding invitations color.
Depending on the size of your wedding you might need more than one guest book for guests to sign.

Many of your guests will want to write little notes to you. You don’t want them to stand in line.

Make sure there are plenty of pens available.

Put picking up the guest books on your Maid of Honor’s list. If she is too busy she can assign it to one of your Bridesmaids.

Programs.
Occasionally print programs include the ceremony and reception schedules.

They usually are handed out by the ushers or whoever is at the entrance.

If you use an 8″ x 11″ paper folded in half to make four pages. Use page one to show your names, date and place of your wedding.

Use page two for the ceremony schedule. Listing by name your officiant, parents, wedding party and musical selections and performers.

Use page three for your reception. Listing the timetable and agenda from the time you start the First Dance. Also, list any special entertainment you are going to feature.

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Stationery shops, printers, and PC and Mac software packages make it easy to have simple programs of any size prepared. They are inexpensive and can be printed on paper to match your color scheme and/or invitations.

Photos of Wedding invitations courtesy www.whitneyenglish.com

More wedding invitations articles you may like to read.
William & Kate’s royal wedding invitation.
Wedding Styles.

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