Have you ever been faced with how you're going address all your wedding invitations? And its not just the invitations, it is the save the date, invitation, rsvp cards, bridal shower, thank you cards, and the list goes on and on. So was the wonderful client I am working with. The thought of addressing all those envelopes were daunting but it does not have to be. I came up with a game plan I'd love to share with you.

If your guest list is over 25, you need to create a guest list using either a word processor or a spreadsheet. I recommend a spreadsheet and I'll show you why later. Using our example of 5 sets of envelopes and labels (save the date, invitation, rsvp cards, bridal shower and thank you cards) multiplied by 25 guests, that is 125 envelopes. You wouldn't dream of not sending Thank You cards after your wedding, right? Good. Just checking!  And before you breathe a sigh of relief, don't forget your reply address. So, using our example add 125 reply addresses, that's a whooping 250 addresses.

What’s a bride and groom to do? Option 1: Hire a calligrapher to pen beautiful swirls and turn your envelopes into an elegant work of art. Option 2: Hire a small business to perform the task. Write a check and you are done. Or, Option 3: The topic of our blog, do it yourself.

If you're working on a budget as most events often do, roll up your sleeves, and create something you would be proud of.  It takes some initial work but it pays dividend in the end. What started as a guest list can turn into your baby-announcement, we-have-moved, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New-Year, just because-party-invitation list. Not to talk about family-reunions, backyard-barbecue, Super-bowl, March-madness, fill in your favorite sport championship here and you get the idea guest list.

I consider the list one of your first set of joint assets as a couple. Who knew? A guest list? Done right, you’d be amazed at the power of a great list. I mean, this is a list of folks who actually want to hear from you and not trash it. Ask corporate America what a good list means, but I digress, back to issue at hand, addressing your wedding envelopes.

To gain control of the of addressing task as a do it yourself (diy) project, how about you create an address list, whip up a mail merge, print on label and voila! You’re the proud owner of a list of addresses that can be peeled and affixed to your envelopes once it’s ready.

Huh? An address list? A mail merge? In the midst of planning a wedding? It’s not as complicated as you think, I’m here to hold your hand.

Mastering the art of addressing your wedding invitation is part of a series, so check back on Tuesday as I give you a simple, 3 day, step by step process of becoming a master at creating address lists and labels. We will focus specifically on creating the 'labels' for the address list and have a take home assignment. It is simple and fun. If you have an immediate need and cannot wait for the entire series, send me an email, let’s see how we can take care of your address list.

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