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You’ve picked a venue and set a date, now all you need to do is shout it from the mountain tops! Or sending out save-the-dates and invitations works, too. Here are some quick tips to make sure everything goes smoothly before the big day.
DO: Ask for guests’ names
Learn the name of cousin George’s longtime girlfriend or your bestie’s new beau. If you have someone who is bringing a “plus one,” try to get that person’s name for addressing the invitation. It shows that you care about knowing who they are and are happy they will be a part of your special day.
DON’T: Send more save-the-dates than invitations
Make absolutely sure everyone on your save-the-date list is someone you’d like at your wedding. If you’re not 100% certain, skip them and add them to the final invitation list later down the road.
DO: Use extra pieces
Include extra cards with your additional info on them; don’t put all of it on the invitation. That way the invitation itself is dedicated to you, your fiancé and your ceremony details. Separate cards for the RSVP, hotel accommodations and any other wedding events are the perfect way to keep your guests in the loop. Or, to save some money, include a small card with your wedding website for all the additional details.
DON’T: Misspell critical information
Check, check, check! Make sure that names, dates and venues are all spelled correctly. When working with an invitation proof, print out the proof and read over it on paper. If you only look at it on a screen you’re more likely to miss something.
And to end on a positive note-
DO: Add a pop of color or a personal touch
Are you and your fiancé nature lovers? Is your favorite color turquoise? Are you getting married at a venue that has special meaning? Find a way to tie that into your invitation so that your guests open it and say “that is so perfect for them!” Adding a photo to your save-the-date is another way to make it even more special and personal (and a great way to test out wedding photographers).