Not clear about wedding invitations etiquette?We think this article is gonna help.After all, your wedding invitation is the first thing your guests see in your life.Don’t you want to get off to a good start?
Inviting guests to your big day is not as simple as choosing your favorite stationery.From when to send your scheduled date card and how your design should be worded in an envelope and how to resolve an “unsuitable for children” event.Gosh, you have to have so many things into consideration.
And the wording of your invitation and the address on the envelope will give away the style of your wedding.Whether you choose a formal or informal or fun phrase to match your theme, make sure you are consistent on all elements of the invitation.Break down what you need to know before you lower your stationery set email.
For formally worded invitations:
- Use the British spelling of “honour” when requesting the honour of their presence.
- Use formal names (no nicknames) including middle names for the bride and groom.
- When wording your invitations, be sure to use full names and formal titles (only abbreviate Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Jr.).
- Also use the full spellings of addresses (First Street), dates (Saturday, the twentieth of February) and years (two thousand ten).
- Spell out abbreviations (e.g., Court, Street, Avenue and Road).
- Spell out all numbers except house numbers and apartment numbers.
- Spell out times. For example, 4:00 PM would be four o’clock in the afternoon.
- Use line breaks instead of commas.
For informally worded invitations:
- Have fun with your wording and tie it into your theme.
- Carry through the fun wording style on your reception and respond cards.
- Incorporate your favorite verse, quotation or poem into your wording.
- Feel free to omit formal titles or even Mr. and Mrs. from your wording.
Invitation mailing etiquette
- To avoid confusion, everyone invited should receive a printed invitation. For instance, avoid placing an invitation on the bulletin board at work; this opens you up to every single coworker and his or her spouse and perhaps children attending and could lead to an impossible situation when trying to arrive at an accurate guest count.
- Only one invitation should be mailed to a couple.
- Children under the age of 18 may be included on the invitation mailed to their parents; children older than 18 should receive their own invitations, even if they are living with their parents.
- Be sure to send an invitation to your parents, grandparents and bridal party members.
- Invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before the ceremony to allow guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and plans for your wedding.
- When addressing your invitation envelopes, use your most elegant penmanship for formal invitations and perhaps a colorful pen for informal invitations.
- For formal invitations, follow the same spelling rules for formally worded invitations, spelling out abbreviations and using numbers only for house numbers and zip codes.
- For informal invitations, you may address your envelopes as you would any other correspondence.