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Questions about proper wedding invitation etiquette?

When creating your wedding invitations, it is so important that all the information is relayed to your guests correctly and is easy to read. Weddings can be confusing and stressful from many different perspectives. Even in a modern wedding, there are still a large number of etiquette rules that can definitely heighten one’s level of anxiety; especially when it comes to the creation of your invitations.

Seeing as your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests will see of your big day, as well as the fact that they provide all of information about your wedding and reception, it's important to make sure everything is worded correctly.

Are you aware of proper wedding invitation etiquette? If you are not fully certain of the things you should (or shouldn’t) include, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • The timeline. Your invitations should be sent out approximately 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. In general, this should leave guests plenty of time to make all the arrangements necessary. The deadline for the RSVPs should be set at 2-3 weeks before the wedding date too – this will leave you with enough time to make a final headcount and send it to your vendors. Without your knowledge of the amount of guests that will be attending, you won’t be able to provide a final menu count, or create your seating arrangements, table cards, etc which can stall your planning when in reality, weeks before the wedding you want to be able to relax!

  • The registry details. This is something you may have heard before but it is really important to emphasize it: Do not write anything about your wedding registry on the invitations! Your registry information should go on a separate insert or a wedding website. As for the website, you should share it with guests on the Save the Dates – and if you don’t have any, you should have a small insert created especially for this and sent with the invitations. This way, your invitations only include the important information, which makes them look much more elegant rather than a registry listed on it which can be pressuring for your guests.

  • The guests. If you want to make sure guests understand no plus-ones are allowed or if no children are allowed, remember to address the invitations as clearly as possible. Instead of “and Guest”, write down the actual names of the people who are invited – this way, there will be no confusion as to who is and isn’t invited at the wedding. Also, this allows you the opportunity to state if you will be allowing plus-ones or additional guests. It is very important that this information is relayed in a way that is not confusing to your guests.

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