Have you decided on a venue? If you need a little motivation to generate a few ideas here is a wonderful website to get you started! Start by taking a Venue Quiz (only 9 short questions), then you will be matched with possible venues. You will receive your list via email/phone call/skype (depending on the method you select when you completed your quiz). Your search for a venue may be easier when you know what your wedding theme is, an estimated number of guests, your wedding budget, and how far you and your guests are willing to travel.
Have you made a decision on your wedding stationary (Save-the-Dates, Invitations, RSVP, Thank You Cards, and Programs)? Consider using Vista Print for all of your stationary (you can even request a free wedding sample kit to generate ideas on what type/style of wedding invitation you want), it may save you time and money. Your Save-the-Dates can be electronic (one that matches with your wedding website theme). However, if you want all of your stationary to match create 10-20 postcards on Vista Print (you can use these as your Save-the-Dates to mail off to folk that may not be computer savvy/have an email address). Once you have created and ordered your Save-the-Dates there will be sharing icons (email, facebook, etc) off to the right of your postcard that you just created, email the Save-the-Dates to your other guests that have email addresses. Once you have created your Save-the-Dates, it is now time to start creating your Wedding Invitation (or, at least a rough draft), Thank you cards (you can use post cards from Vista Print’s website to create your Thank You cards if the listed price of the Thank You cards are too high), and Wedding Program (you can use the rack cards to create your programs if the listed price of the matching programs are too high).
Creating my Wedding Invitations and Programs (I also used the matching Thank You cards, however, I did not have to create those) was one of my favorite Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects. If you want to be a little more creative with your stationary, you have time to spare, and you want to save more money, you may want to consider purchasing and then printing your stationary. I used the Wilton Wedding Invitation Kit Sweet Hearts Silver for my wedding (the Invitations, Programs, and Thank You cards, I purchased the Invitations and Thank You Cards from Wal-mart and the Programs from Joann Fabric and Craft Store). Regardless of which method you decide to use (hiring a vendor to provide your stationary, using Vista Print or Wedding Paper Diva, or purchasing your stationary and printing it) it may be a good idea to create a matching set (some folk may actually save all of the stationary as a keepsake/favor, this would also make for a wonderful keepsake to put in your photo ablumn/memory media).
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