There's a lot that goes into planning a wedding and this includes picking out and sending wedding invitations. Since this is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life, you'll want to take the time to do it right. A few dos and don'ts will help you complete this task and mark it off on your wedding planning checklist. 

Do Give Plenty of Notice

Schedules tend to fill up quickly in this fast-paced world, which is why it is so important to give your guests plenty of notice as to the date, time, and place of your wedding. Plan to send your invitations out at least two months ahead of time. Should something hold you up, you can always send out "Save the date" cards, which will let your guests know to reserve that date for your special day. Then follow up with your wedding invitation as soon as it is available. 

Don't Forget Your Out-of-Town Guests

You'll need to create an insert for any out-of-town guests that will be attending your wedding. This should include nearby hotel information and directions to your wedding venue. If you have a large group of traveling guests, you may even be able to negotiate a special room rate at the hotel. 

Do Stick With Your Color Scheme

Whether you're picking out traditional invitations, or a style that is more contemporary, it is best to stick with the color scheme of your wedding. This helps tie everything all together. You can then focus on making the card unique by choosing a fancy font, or adding a ribbon around each invitation. 

Don't Use Address Labels

Address labels are convenient when paying bills and mailing out yearly birthday well wishes. They are tacky when it comes to weddings. Instead, opt to address each invitation with love and care by writing out the full name of each guest and both the recipient's address, as well as your own by hand. If you plan on inviting a large number of guests, you can recruit help. Ask a sibling or a few close friends if they could come over one evening and address invitations with you. Have some pizza and wine and make it a fun evening. 

Most couples opt to include a small RSVP card and a return envelope. If you go this route, make sure you include a postage stamp on the RSVP card. Following this tip and the others listed above will ensure you're wedding planning continues to run smoothly.   

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