Here in New Jersey, it's summertime and you know what that means, wedding season is in full swing! This got us thinking about all the different types of wedding stationary that goes along with the planning of your big day. If you are sporting an engagement ring on your finger, you have probably been doing some research and realizing there is a lot out there.

 

Save the Date

 

 

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A save the date is generally an informal postcard sent to potential wedding guests letting them know when your wedding day will be. This is especially helpful for those planning on traveling long distances to attend. You can send these out as soon as you set a date. These can be casual, fun, and may even give a preview to the overall theme of your upcoming nuptials. Save the dates are also perfect for directing people to your wedding website, which are great for keeping wedding info updated for your guests.


Hot Tip: Make sure to put the city and state where the wedding will be held. That way they can start making plans to attend your event.

 


Wedding Invitations & RSVPs

 

 

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Wedding invitations and RSVPs are probably the most important pieces of wedding stationary you’ll need to get. They are typically sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, so your guests can make arrangements to attend. The deadline for RSVPs to be returned should be two to three weeks before the wedding. This will ensure that you have time to do a final head count and get the number to your vendors. It is also helpful if you put a stamp on the RSVPs. This will make it easier and quicker for your guests to respond.

 

Wedding invitations come in a variety of styles. There are of course traditional invites if you are looking for something formal, classic and elegant. However today, there are many choices available and you can really personalize your invites to reflect your style and set the overall theme for your wedding.

 

You can save a lot on invitations by choosing to purchase a wedding invitation template, which will typically only set you back about $25-$40. The great thing about these is that you can choose whatever type of paper you would like, then either print them yourself – or find a reputable printer to do them for you. Some printers will even address and mail them for an additional fee, which some brides and grooms find to be a huge timesaver.

 

Hot Tip: Do not include gift registry information with your wedding invites. This is considered impolite and like you are asking for gifts. Simply allow your close friends, family and attendants to spread the word.

 

 

Wedding Programs

 

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According to TheKnot.com here’s what should be included in your wedding program:

* The full names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and the city and state where the wedding is taking place

* The order of the wedding ceremony, including the musical selections (and the lyrics if they're especially meaningful to you), the composers, and the performers, as well as readings, the source or author, and the readers

* Wedding party bios with brief descriptions of each attendant's relationship to you

* The name of the officiant

* A thank-you note to both sets of parents; one to all the guests is another frequent addition

* For religious and secular ceremonies alike, it's important to keep guests in the know by briefly explaining traditions, rituals, and ethic customs

* If you wish to honor deceased loved ones, you can include a memorial on the back page with a photograph, a fond memory, poem, or quote


For more great information about wedding programs check out The Knots post DIY Wedding Program Basics


Hot Tip: Programs don’t have to be boring. They can be fun and unique, as well informative. Bridal Guide has some wonderful inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Thank You Cards

 

 

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Thank You cards are another very important piece of wedding stationary. This is your way of expressing your gratitude to your friends and family for being a huge part of your special day and also for their generosity. On average the typical wedding guest (if traveling) will spend about $500 to attend a wedding! If that doesn’t deserve a big, heartfelt thank you, I don’t know what does. Photo thank you cards are always a fun way to show your appreciation or choosing cards that match your wedding invites or the theme or your wedding are great too. Whatever you do make sure you hand write a special note to your guests. Pre-printed thank you notes are considered impersonal, so take the time to jot a personal note of thanks.

 

Hot Tip: Contrary to popular belief, you really do not have a year to send wedding thank you notes – they should be sent out within three months tops.