WEDDING NOTES - Your Invitations and Paper Needs
If you are planning to celebrate your wedding over a holiday weekend, or your invitation list will include a number of out-of-town guests, Save-the-Date cards should be an important part of your plans. Generally, they are sent out as early as six months prior to the wedding. Because they will give guests a sneak preview of the degree of formality and tone of the wedding, try to select cards that are consistent with the invitations you will send later.
Formal wording and paper styles should be used for invitations to formal and church weddings. Traditional fonts would be appropriate. If your wedding is expected to be less formal and held in a hotel or reception facility, you may use a somewhat more informal style with your wedding papers. Individuality can be expressed by choosing unique sizes and textures of papers. You may also choose to add color, overlays and/or ribbons.
Know that announcements are nice to send to those who live far away or who are unlikely to be able to attend wedding. They are addressed, stamped and ready to be mailed immediately after the ceremony. Usually the bride's mother (or trusted associate) is responsible for mailing them.
Unless the wedding is a totally informal and intimate event, plan to include a printed reply card with a self-stamped, preaddressed envelope.
Optional enclosures you may wish to choose are cards for dinner preferences, or if the wedding is planned as a weekend event, guest may be give the option to choose activities they may wish to attend.
Plan to mail your invitations ten to twelve weeks prior to the event.