Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Wedding Tips - Your wedding stationery

Today's tips are from Ginny Schumacher at Designs by Ginny

Today's bride has a lot of exciting choices when it comes to invitations. It can be very overwhelming.

My best suggestion to brides is to start with a budget. The biggest mistake I see couples make when setting their budget they don't take into account all the stationery needs and make this part of the budget too small.

Here are things to keep in mind when setting your budget:
  • Save the Date plus postage
  • Invitations plus postage for the reply and outer envelope 
  • Extra cards to send with invitations for a map, directions and accommodations 
  • Programs
  • Menu Cards
  • Place cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Welcome Booklet
  • Labels for favors, or water bottles and other gifts 
  • Thank You Cards

I mention postage because I think that is overlooked until the invitations need to be mailed and it can be sticker shock. The more layers to an invitation and the more weight the higher the cost of postage. If you have a bow or other embellishment and it creates bulk to the envelope that will also cost more. With the rising cost of postage this can add up.

A good start in picking out your invitations is to have a color in mind. Most use the colors that will be used in their wedding. Next decide if your wedding will have a theme or a particular look and choose an invitation that best reflects your special day.

I always encourage couples to make their invitations personal to them, after all it's their special day. The invitation sets the tone for the entire wedding so make sure it makes a great first impression!

Need more info?  Contact Ginny

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