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Spreading the Word

Choosing Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitation Wording
Wedding Invitation Etiquette


Keeping Your Sanity

Avoiding the Guilt Trap
Advice from the Bride
Top 10 Wedding Stress Busters



Setting the Mood

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A Guide to Wedding Flowers
Wedding Centerpiece Ideas


Shaping Up

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Oh, Behave!

Wedding Etiquette Tips
Bachelorette Party Ideas
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Eat, Drink and Be Married

Wedding Catering Options
A Guide to Wedding Cakes


'Tis Better to Give...

Wedding Favor Ideas
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Destination Weddings
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Beyond the Big Day

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Personalizing Your Wedding Invitations


Your wedding invitations should be a personal reflection of you as a couple. If you feel that elaborate, engraved invitations aren't exactly "you," feel free to experiment with different types of paper, fonts, colors and designs. Of course, if you've been dreaming of a white wedding ever since you were a child, you may want to go with a more traditional design. If money is no object, you may choose the most gorgeous, custom designed and professionally printed wedding invitations available to communicate the importance of your big day.


Another important point to consider when choosing wedding invitations is price. Invitations can be a huge expense, but they don't have to be. Think about it: As beautiful and personalized your wedding invitations are, they will most likely be eventually discarded by many of the recipients. Why invest an exorbitant amount of money when you may be able to find discount wedding invitations that suits your needs just as well? It all comes down to personal taste and budget.


You have several options for printing your wedding invitations. The most expensive, formal and elegant option is to choose an engraved invitation, wherein the wording is etched onto a steel plate, and then transferred onto cotton paper, leaving the lettering slightly raised. Less expensive is thermography, which uses special ink to produce a similar, raised quality in the lettering. Another popular option is lithography, a less expensive and faster printing option. If you are on a strict budget, it may make sense to reproduce your own wedding invitations on a laser printer.


Wedding invitation wording can get tricky when either of your parents have gotten remarried, or if the two of you are throwing the wedding and reception yourselves. In order to cut down on the confusion, check out our examples of wedding invitation wording for each type of situation.


Tips for personalizing your wedding invitations

Everyone loves baby pictures. Include photos of each of you as a baby, either printed on an insert or as a background for your wedding invitation wording.


If you plan to have a great deal of out-of-town guests at your wedding, include all of the necessary information in your invitation, either as an insert or printed on the inside. Helpful info includes directions from the airport and hotel reservation phone numbers.


Send electronic save-the-date announcements ahead of time so that you can get a rough guest count relatively early. You may find that several people won't be able to attend, in which case you can invite some of the people who didn't make the first cut. 


Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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