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Time for creating invitations

Make a list of your guests before ordering your announcements and invitations. Anticipate a few more invitations than the number of people that you wish to attend your wedding. In fact, the usual rate of response is about 55 percent to 80 percent, since not everyone will be able to accept your invitation.

Choose your stationer based on the quality of printing, the choice of styles, and the reputation of the business.

Don't hesitate to ask for quotes from several suppliers, and get informed about the methods of payment and deposits required. It's important to harmonize thank you cards, menus, invitations and announcements.

You can choose to include postage paid reply envelopes or even request an RSVP by email or telephone, which will eliminate the reply-cards by mail.

You can consult different catalogues on-line or in the store to select the style of announcement which pleases you most. It must convey the solemnity of the occasion and your personality, while taking the wedding colors into consideration.

It's easy to personalize your announcements and invitations. For a warmer tone, you can choose an antique-styled graphic, where ink is applied on stamped letters.

For a trendy style, go along with the fashions of the day. This year, pale prints, like pink or pale blue, on darker cardboard, like the particularly popular deep chocolate, are very fashionable. It's also possible to design your own announcement.

Choose from among the magnificent classic cardboards or even craft paper inlaid with real flowers, delicate vellum paper and textures, and write your personal message that includes essential information such as the date, times and addresses for the wedding and reception, directions, etc.

Professionals can advise you for a superb result.

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