• Finalize your guest list. Double check that all the addresses and names of your wedding guests are correct. Remember to send invitations to your ceremony officiant, parents, grandparents, and wedding party.
  • Shop around. You can find great invitations at your local stationery store, jeweler, print shop, or specialty bridal store. Ask for samples.
  • Choose the right invitation. The design style, paper stock and wording will all send a message to your guests about your wedding. The store consultant will help you find something that fits your wedding style.
  • Don't forget the enclosures. You may need to order reception cards, response cards and maps or printed directions to the ceremony and reception sites in addition to the invitations.
  • Order more invitations than you need. You may have to send out some last minute invitations, and you will certainly want a few for momentos.
  • Get your envelopes early. You can pre-address them so they are ready to stuff when your invitations arrive.
  • Weigh one finished invitation at the post office before you buy stamps so you can be sure you have the correct postage on your invitations. (Note: "Love" stamps add a sweet touch.)
  • Mail your invitations four to six weeks before the wedding date, even to in-town guests.
  • Keep track of the responses. You may want to create a master list of guests that will include their addresses, responses and information about the gifts you receive. This will help you later when you write thank-you notes.

Announcements Wedding announcements may not be something you need. However, if you have business associates or distant relatives who were not invited to the big event and would like to inform them of your marriage, this is the right way to let them know.

  • Order announcements when you choose your invitations. They should both be in the same style.
  • Mail them out the day of the wedding or soon after. Announcements are never mailed before the wedding takes place.

Thank-You Notes Thank-you notes are a necessity for every bride. You should mail personal notes to every guest who sends you a gift, and every wedding professional who gives you good service. Like announcements, the "thank you" notes should be similar in design to the invitation, but they may have your married name or monogram on the front.

Gifts-Register NowWhere should you begin to get registered? Try these tips:

  • Select items in a wide price range so that all guests can find something on the list that fits their budget.
  • Register at more than one store to give your guests more options. You should choose one national chain, especially if you'll be inviting out-of-town guests.
  • Keep all the information on your registries handy for anyone who asks. Your registry information should not be included in your wedding invitation.
  • Determine where you would like to have gifts sent. Choose a location where someone will be available to receive the packages. If you're planning a wedding from out of town, make sure you'll be able to move your gifts to your new home easily.
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