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Wedding invitations are your guests' first glimpse into your wedding day, so it is important to give the right impression. Our local resource guide can help you find the best local wedding stationers in your area to get paper products that will reflect your wedding style. Once you've found the right invitations, there are a few more things to keep in mind. First, you should wait to order your wedding invitations until your guest list is finalized (you don't want to end up with 50 cards and envelopes you will never use!). Your list should be complete about three to four months before the wedding, but you can start shopping around for your wedding stationer around six months before the big day. Of course, it's a good idea to order a few extra invites in case of mistakes (20 extra is a good rule of thumb). Remember, you can spend up to $50 on each invitation (for really high-end wedding invites), so make sure the cards you love fit into your budget. And don't automatically assume DIY-ing your invitations will save money -- creating your own wedding invitations can cost as much as or more than simply purchasing them, plus it can take a ton of time. Another bonus of purchasing your invites? You can get all of your wedding stationery -- return cards, escort cards, place cards, and so on -- in the same design, ensuring a cohesive look. One other cost to keep in mind? Shipping fees. Mailing bulky or awkwardly shaped envelopes can cost a lot more than you think, so have one of your invites weighed to make sure you are paying enough postage.

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