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A beautiful wedding takes plenty of planning and many details are best settled well in advance of the big day. Venues, gowns and save the date cards can be finalized between 6 and 12 months prior to the event. Formal invitations should be sent around eight weeks prior to the ceremony and should include wedding response cards allowing guests to RSVP and choose menu items. Be sure to check with your caterer and have the final count to them on or before the deadline to ensure your guests enjoy plenty of amazing food on the big day.
With all the planning, deciding and preparing it can be difficult to remember each little detail that needs to be taken care of in advance, especially if you haven’t hired a wedding planner. Consider these commonly forgotten details to help your day go off without a glitch.
Lighting is an essential component of a successful wedding day. You want the right light for photos, which means knowing what time the sun will set and scheduling the photographer accordingly. Visiting your venue at the time of your wedding is a great way to get an idea for lighting, but keep in mind that the amount, angle and intensity of the sun will change over the calendar year. A quick visit to double check your lighting needs should be part of your one-month-prior checklist. If you have booked a live band, be sure to plan extra lighting for them if they are not providing their own.
If you are arranging transportation for some or all of your guests, be sure each car and driver know the location of their destination and have a printed schedule so they can run like clockwork. Arrange for one of the members of your wedding party or a family member to transport and store gifts until you return from your honeymoon and settle in to the task of writing thank you cards.
"I loved the invitations, rsvp's, and the info card! Plus working with the company is so easy and stress free! I had to change after submitting and was gotten back to the same day with no hassles! Beautiful design with mountains and good card stock paper!!"
"Our rsvp postcards came out beautiful! I love the idea of postcards for a return card and these were perfect. We took out the food option lines and asked for a song request, the designer who reviewed them for us put in a cute saying for the request. We also recieved a hand written card from him which was a nice personal touch."
"We decided that the postcard option would be a lot easier for people to RSVP instead of worrying about a separate card and envelope. The design team made it say exactly what we wanted, including pre-printing our address so that the guests didn't have to worry about it! We were also able to include a note that they can RSVP on our wedding website instead of mailing it back. The only downfall is what WPD warns about... that the paper is slightly different than the invitation, due to the fact that it's a postcard. However, no one in my wedding party noticed until I pointed it out!"
"This card beautifully compliments our invitation design and WPD was very helpful by making the adjustments we asked for-- we really pleased with the quality of the paper and the overall look of the product."
"What a wonderful alternative to traditional RSVP cards! We loved the idea of a simple postcard that was already addressed and stamped for people to pop in the mail! Disappointed that we could not pre-print our address on the back of the card, but used matching personalized return address labels and attached ourselves. The line for a person's name is very ambiguous and we are finding that people are not writing in their own names. Being a school teacher I wanted to add the word "Name" but there simply was not room. **Hint number your mailing list and write that number in the bottom right hand corner of the postcard so you can match the number to the nameless RSVP card you received! We wanted to break from tradition and use sassy RSVP wording and the designers were FANTASTIC to work with on spacing and creating lines. We are thrilled with this product!"