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Picking and planning wedding invitations

Depending on the season, function or style of your wedding, you may want to consider different options when choosing an invitation. A wedding announcement not only informs your guests of the time, date and place of your wedding, it also sets the tone for the event. Of course, there are some details to consider before deciding on a particular option and giving your calligrapher the go-ahead to get to work. Here are three points to keep in mind.

1. Overestimate a bit. When ordering invitations, you always want to get at least 20 more than your guest list. You're bound to make mistakes on the cards, such as misprinted addresses, and you may even add on to your guest list in the months going into the wedding.

2. Keep your budget in mind. Many invitations may cost upwards of $20 per item, and although they may looks fancy, it's not all that fun when looking at a bill of $3,000 for 150 pieces of paper and envelopes. If you want affordable, classy and engaging invitations, search for options between $1 and $2 each.

3. Every letter counts. Even if you've read the draft of your invitation 50 times, create a sample of the final product before you print out all the cards. The last things you want to do is find out you've spelled the groom's middle name incorrectly and have 75 of his family members scowl at you - don't expect as big a gift from them if that's the case.

Now that you have the basics down, it's time to start sifting through invitations galore in order to choose the one that fits the theme of your upcoming marital shindig. If you're hosting a wedding during the winter, try using the Frosty Wind invitation. Combining a wintery feel with beautiful artistry, Sarah Hawkins Designs offers invitations in four unique colors. If the wedding is at night, you may want to choose the black version.

If you prefer elegance, style and professionalism, either Crown Monogram or Birch Woods are perfect choices. Crown Monogram looks more like a royal invitation than a wedding, and will surely impress your guests. Birch Woods has displays a natural element with a wood-grained background, designed by Owl Paper Goods.