The MoBster Diaries

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: Getting Down To Business

If the holidays brought a proposal and something sparkly for your finger, congratulations! Now, it's time to get organized. Break out a brand new calendar and start planning ahead, because you have a lot to do.

I can't help with everything, but I can give you a few tips that might make things a little easier. Feel free to check out my experiences as Mother of the Bride leading up to daughter Kate's October 2008 wedding (earlier MoBster Diaries posts). That's as far as I can go with wedding tips. Except . . .

Except for planning your announcements, invitations, and thank you notes. As someone who offers a handwriting/addressing service,  let me encourage you to pencil in your plan for ordering all of your wedding stationery and giving yourself firm mailing deadlines as soon as you can.

Things to think about:
  • Nothing can happen until you have finalized your guest list. Need help getting organized? Here are my suggestions. 
  • Are you having an Engagement Party? You'll need to order invitations, address them, and get them in the mail as soon as possible.
  • What about save-the-dates? There are so many clever, wonderful ways to let your guests know to circle your date on their calendars now. What suits the couple's personality? Whimsical? Formal? Easy-going? The sooner you let your guests know - especially if travel is involved for them - the more likely it is that they'll turn up for the big event. 
  • Wedding invitations are complex things. Or not. Start looking at all the options now - even if your wedding is a year off - so that you'll have plenty of time for printing and delivery when the time comes to place your order. 
  • And all those thank you notes. Yes, you'll need to thank everyone who gives you a gift. Keep good records. Make sure you have everyone's correct address. Perhaps keep a spreadsheet so that you don't thank someone for the wrong gift. Check out my tips here.
  • Remember to include postage in your budget. It mounts up, truly.
And start thinking now about how all of these announcements, invitations, and notes will get written. Let me encourage you to hand-address them, rather than run them through the computer or printer. This is big, important, personal stuff. It deserves a personal touch. Find a friend, calligrapher, or a hand-addressing service to help out. Feel free to contact us at Elegant Scribbles for a free estimate so that you can include this in your budget, if you choose to go the hand-addressing service route.

Enjoy this exciting time. It can be stressful, but if you get down to business and get your plan in the works now, it can be lots of fun. Happy 2013!

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