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6 Steps To Proper Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Wedding Invitation EtiquetteSending out invitations to your guests is crucial to your wedding day.  There are a lot of details that go into planning your wedding and it’s important that your guests get all the necessary information! Here we have complied a guide to invitation etiquette, in order to make the invitation process a breeze!

  1. When to mail our your invites. It’s normal for invitations to be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding day.  Especially, 8 weeks time if you have not set a specific date yet. You want to make sure that all the guests have plenty of time to plan around your wedding day.  Save-the-date cards are common, which can get sent out as early as 8 months before the wedding day.
  2. Location. Traditionally, the actual street address is not included.  A map card can be used giving directions to the specific location. Or you can name of the house/ place of worship with the city and state. Do not use commas at the end of lines, and be sure to spell out the state.
  3. Host line and formal request.  The bride’s parents might be the host, or the groom’s parents, or even the couple themselves; no matter who the host, always use their full name (first, middle and last.)  In terms of the request, your wording depends on the location of the ceremony. If the wedding is in a house of worship, it should read ‘Request the honor of your presence.’ For any other venue, ‘Request the pleasure of your company,’ or ‘Would be delighted by your presence.’
  4. RSVP. It is common for the invitation to include a paper, envelope and stamp to encourage the guest to respond in a timely manner. A RSVP line on the invitation itself or on a separate card is acceptable.
  5. Addressing. All wedding invitations should be addressed by hand.
  6. Extras. Do not include a bridal registry in your formal invitations. If there is a dress code, include this in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or reception card, such as ‘black-tie,’ ‘cocktail attire’ or ‘casual attire.’

We hope that these tips can help you send out the perfect invitations for your wedding day!


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