Beware of the ‘pitfalls’.
The Internet can seduce you into a quick fix, and what might initially seem to be a bargain, turns out to be inferior, not especially the design you wanted, printed on limp cards, with perhaps the odd spelling error, with no ‘come-back’, as you will be told that this is something you ‘signed off’.
Firstly consider your wedding invitations. These should be sent to each guest or family at least 6 - 8 weeks before the wedding to allow plenty of time for replies to arrive and the number of guests to be finalised. It is helpful to order a few extra copies for any additional guests or alterations to your original guest list. Whether you are having a church or civil wedding your invitations can be as formal or as informal as you like.
These can be sent to guests you wish to invite to the evening reception or party who may not be going to the wedding ceremony itself.
These can be sent out with your invitations to encourage your guests to reply promptly. They can also be printed with menu choices for guests to complete which can often help with catering arrangements. Self addressed envelopes are a good idea to ensure a prompt return.
Maps and Information Sheets
These include location details of the wedding ceremony, reception and local accommodation and special arrangements, eg details relating to the wedding present list.
Order of Service
If you are getting married in a church or another religious establishment you will need an Order of Service to provide guests with a programme of the ceremony. It is recommended that you allow one copy per guest with a few extra for the clergy, choir and unexpected members of the congregation. Check the details for the service, including hymns and music with your minister or priest before ordering and order approximately 3-4 weeks before your wedding.
Blessing of the Marriage
For weddings that have not taken place in a church or religious establishment but are to be blessed formally, you may choose to have your Order of Service created with a specific Blessing wording.
Order of the Day
If you are having a civil ceremony you may like to provide an Order of the Day for your guests. As well as details of the civil ceremony you can also include timings for photographs and the reception/party if applicable.
Place Cards, Table Plans and Table Names
Providing place cards is the easiest way of seating your guests quickly. Your cards can even be individually named for each guest. Table plans can be produced only a few days before the wedding once final numbers have been confirmed. Table names such as local villages near the place of the reception are currently popular.
Continue the theme of your wedding with an attractive co-ordinated menu, the finishing touch for your wedding tables.
Tags for your Favours
These can be printed with a special message together with names of the Bride and Groom and the date of the wedding.
Thank You Cards
These are a good way to thank family and friends for their wedding gifts and for sharing your special day.
Change of Address Cards
You may need some 'change of address' cards if you are moving to a new home.
When placing an order
Always ensure that your order is either typed or written clearly in block capitals and that names, times, places and dates are correct. Any amendments should be made at the proofing stage.
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