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While many people think only of the wedding invitation before they actually get engaged and start to look at wedding stationery, there are actually several different occasions for which you will want invitations and more. Here is a quick checklist for the essential stationery you will need once you have set the date for your wedding.
If you want to let the world know that you are officially engaged, then you need engagement announcement cards. These are often sent to close friends and family, but you could send one to everyone on your guest list if you already have one.
Save the Date
You can shop for or create your own affordable save the date cards. These let everyone on your guest list know when your big day will be so they can start making plans to be there. You should send a save the date card to everyone you want to be at your wedding or reception.
Bridal Shower and Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Invitation
While bridal showers and bachelor or bachelorette parties are usually managed by the maid of honor or best man, sometimes the bride or groom wishes to throw his or her own. In this case, you will need appropriate invitations for the event. Close friends and family are usually invited to these types of events, or you can restrict attendance to just bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Ceremony and Reception
Your main invitation should go to anyone you want at your ceremony or reception. Many invitations invite everyone and include an extra insert if the recipient is also invited to the ceremony. Other stationery you might consider includes:
• Rehearsal: Everyone in the wedding party should get an invitation to the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
• Name Cards: If you have arranged seating, name cards tell guests where they are to sit for the reception.
• Thank You Cards: These are vital to let everyone know you appreciated their presence and presents on your big day.
There is a lot of fun to be had with wedding stationery. Make sure you have the essential invitations and cards to get you from engagement to honeymoon.