Wedding Invitation Etiquette – 5 Things to remember

As you plan for your big day, one of the most important things to consider is wedding invitation etiquette. Here are five tips to help you navigate the world of wedding invitation etiquette, and create a great first impression.

Send invitations at least six to eight weeks before the wedding date

When ordering your invitations ensure you order extra in case of mistakes or any last-minute additions you might have. Choosing different styles for those guests that are invited to only the reception, and those invited to the ceremony and reception can really streamline the process. Whilst save-the-dates should be sent out six to eight months ahead of the ceremony, you should aim to send your invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding date.

Use proper grammar and punctuation throughout the invitation

The one place you should make sure your grammar and punctuation are perfect is on your invitations. Etiquette also suggests spelling out the date and time of the wedding, e.g. Sunday the fifteenth of August, two thousand and twenty-four at three o’clock in the afternoon. Finally, make sure to proofread your invitations multiple times to ensure there are no mistakes.

Include an RSVP card with a stamped envelope for guests to return

What should you include in your invitation suite? Add a map, and directions to both the ceremony and reception venues, along with any accommodation tips for your out-of-town guests. Make sure not to forget the self-addressed stamped envelope for guests to return the RSVP card.

Don’t use the bride’s married name

What NOT to include in your invitation suite? Avoid including registry information on the invitation itself; instead, this should be included on your wedding website or shared directly with guests who ask. Stick to a small number of fonts (and sizes) to stop your invitations from being too busy looking, and don’t be tempted to use the bride’s future married name, but her current name.

Express your appreciation

Be sure to thank guests for attending in your wedding program, and with a personal note sent out after the wedding. Correct etiquette would give you a timeline of sending thank you cards within two weeks after your wedding – especially for those guests that also gave you a wedding gift.

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