When it comes to weddings, etiquette is always one of the most important factors. This is especially true when it comes to wedding invitations and stationery you send out. If you’re a stickler for all the important rules of wedding stationery etiquette, here are 5 rules you might want to consider:
Timing of Invitations
The first thing you want to consider is the timing of your stationery. It’s best to send out invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. You will want your RSVPs turned back two or three weeks before the wedding, so you ought to include a deadline on this piece of stationery. Also, don’t forget to put the proper postage on both your RSVP cards as well as your invitation envelopes.
Including information about your gift registry with your invitation is still considered a faux pas. However, there are still ways you can get the word out about your registry. This is something you will want to be included with any wedding shower invitations or on a wedding website. Your wedding party can also help spread the word about your registry information. This is especially true if you are setting up a honeymoon registry.
These days many couples are looking for ways to create the wedding experience of their dreams. This could mean anything from creating adult only weddings to seeking dress codes from guests. Naturally, these are both touchy situations since many of your guests might become offended with certain requests. Handling each guest and each situation individually is probably the best option. If you are having trouble getting your guests to RSVP or honor your requests, here is some advice that may help.
Wording of Invitations
Whether you are looking for something a bit more informal or a formal invitation, there are a few things you may want to add when it comes to the wording of your wedding invitation. For starters, most invitations include a line for the host. For many couples, this is the parents of the bride and the groom. However, for those who are hosting their own wedding, a different wording might be necessary. Naturally, you will also need to include the vital information regarding your wedding. Your guests will need to know where the wedding and reception will be as well as any individual information they might need to know before attending.
Thank you Notes
The etiquette doesn’t end with your wedding. You will also want to take care to thank those who shared your special day with you. Start soon after your wedding to make sure you get your notes out on time. First, make sure you are organized. Keep excellent records of your guests and the gifts you received. When you are ready to fill out your thank you notes, personalize each of them as much as possible. Personalized notes will mean the most to your guests and will allow you to express your gratitude appropriately. If you want to see some examples of great thank you notes, check out this post.
The truth is wedding etiquette is often tricky and challenging. Weddings are often stressful, and couples attempt to make them as stress-free as they possibly can. Unfortunately, this could lead to unintentional hurt feelings of family and friends. Luckily, these tips will help you make things simple and carefree for both your guests and for you. It’s easy to make mistakes along the way, but these tips (along with working with a stationery designer) will help you avoid them.