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Sunday, April 23, 2006

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How far are you in your wedding planning? Have you found yourself completely caught up in this wedding "stuff" yet?
If so, you are not alone. Wedding planning is so easy to get consumed by. It is one of the only times in your life when
you get to plan a big party for yourself - you get to throw the celebration of your dreams! And it is so easy to get carried
away trying to make the day perfect.

So why when we want the day to be perfect, do we stress out about all sorts of things that happen before the day even
occurs? For example, the wedding invitations. How many of you have spent hours upon hours searching for the perfect
wedding invitations? - only to find out when you found the perfect ones that they were too expensive? Well, I have a few
tips for you to think about before you even go out looking.

First of all, for those of you who are still making your guest list, consider this - the less people you invite, the less your
cost will be. Seems logical right? But, not only will your food and beverage costs be significantly lower, but the number
of invitations needed will be smaller. This is often easier said than done, but just remember as your guest list starts to get
up there that each addition can equal a significant amount of money.

Second, especially if you are having a large wedding you may want to consider choosing an invitation with postcards as
the reply card. Why? Well, less paper equals less cost to you, but also a postcard can be sent (currently) for 21 cents,
whereas an envelope requires a 34 cent stamp. For every 100 guests you invite that is a savings of $13.00. Okay, so
that may not seem like a lot, but I am of the opinion that every little bit counts. Not to mention, the less paper in the
original invitation that you send, the less the weight will be and the less the cost to send the invitations. Most wedding
invitations take 2 stamps to send - if you can reduce that to one stamp, you will save another $34.00 per 100 guests
invited. If you are inviting 300 guests that is a total savings of $141!

Speaking of postage, I highly recommend that you take an example of one of your invitations - with an address, stamp,
and everything inside and all ready - to the post office and have them weigh it. They can tell you the exact price that it will
be to send your invitations and you will not have to deal with returned invitations or even over-paying for them.

Third, if you are having a smaller wedding, I would consider making your own invitations. Ordering invitations
becomes more cost-effective the more you order, so if you do not need to order a lot, you will essentially be
paying more per invitation. There are many computer programs out there that will help you make your invitations,
but if you know your way around a computer, you could probably do this yourself. Most office supply stores will
also sell stationary kits that would be perfect for weddings. These kits often contain cards that are printer-ready and
easy to fold. They will also have matching envelopes and many will even have response cards for you to print on also.