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Invitation Etiquette

When inviting your guests to your wedding there are key points to include as well as a  traditional way of addressing them. Your Wedding invitations can set the tone of the type of wedding you are going to have. To avoid miscommunications or unintentionally insulting guests, there is an invitation etiquette to follow. 

Your wedding invitations should include the particulars of the day that include date, time, address-both ceremony and reception and RSVP date. The invitation should have who is hosting the wedding as well as the full name of the bride and groom. It should also contain an indication of dress code and information on bridal registries or wishing wells. Any particulars or restrictions such as children should also be included. 

There is a certain way that the invitation should be addressed. The envelope should have the full title of your guest ie Mr John Smith. Nick names or even the relationship of the guest such as Uncle or Aunty should be avoided. No matter how close you are to that person, use their title. You would not send an invitation that says Grandma or Grandpa. To avoid any miscommunications, never use the term 'and family' on the invitation. If you are inviting children along as well as their parents include all their names. Not only is it more personal but you also avoid the ambiguity.

With couples starting out it has become more popular to request for money in the form of a wishing well instead of a tangible wedding gift. If that is your perference make sure that you politely state this request in a seperate poem or sentence away from the main body of the invitation. A seperate card or on the back of the invitation is appropriate. Any particulars pertaining to gifts should be stated in this seperate way.

To avoid phone calls, especially if your invited wedding guests have not been to the wedding reception of your choosing, include the dress code in the body of your wedding invitation. Sometimes what you may think is obvious is not obvious to others. Having a description such as formal wear, casual or cocktail will avoid any embarrassment.

The names of the parents of the bride and groom should be included on the invitation. In the case of parents that are seperated it is up to the bride or groom to ask if they prefer their names to appear together or seperately. 

Put the required  RSVP date in the body of the invitation. Make sure that you include a means for your wedding guests to respond. A RSVP card with a stamp attached should be included or alternately instructions on how and who to contact can be included in the main body of the invitation. If your wedding venue requires two weeks notification before the wedding on the number of guests, than give your RSVP deadline for your guests as three weeks before the wedding. This will give you extra time to follow up all the stragglers. There are always some  wedding guests that do not respond within the allotted timeframe.

Lastly, do not forget to mail out your wedding invitation with sufficient notice. Traditionally gusts should receive their wedding invite six weeks before the wedding date!

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