3 Pieces of Stationery You Really Need
- What They’re For - Sent six to nine months before your wedding date, the save-the-dates give guests their first peek at your plans.
- Why You Don't Really Need Them - Marrying close to home? Guests don't need more than the two months' notice they'll get from the invites.
- Why You Might Want Them Anyway - If you're having a destination wedding, inviting lots of out-of-towners or getting married on a holiday weekend or during a busy travel time, a save-the-date will give guests the info they need early, like where you've reserved hotel rooms
- What They're For - They give guests the date, time and place of your wedding -- and solicit their RSVPs so you know who's coming.
- Why You Need Them - There's no getting around having wedding invitations. Even if you're only inviting a dozen guests, it still merits a printed card. Include response cards too; they make it easier to keep track of who's coming -- and who still needs to let you know. Resist the urge to email your invites; yes, it'll save trees and money, but your grandma won't get it.
- Tip - If you want to scale back -- and save on postage -- skip the unsealed envelope inside the main envelope, the reception card (unless your ceremony is in a different location) and that pointless piece of tissue paper.
- What They're For - This one's pretty obvious - thanking guests for attending your wedding and giving you gifts, of course!
- Why You Need Them - Another no-brainer: You must send a personal thank-you note for each and every gift you receive, whether they were wedding gifts, shower gifts or engagement gifts. Even if guests of yours "forgot" to bring a gift (and still haven't remembered a month later), show them that you're grateful that they helped you celebrate. These also let you play the part of gracious host, particularly if you had a large wedding and didn't find time to talk extensively with everyone who was there.