Wedding Invitation Etiquette – The Dos and Donts

Wedding Invitation Etiquette - The Dos and Don'ts

Your special day is fast approaching and you are getting everything ready for your wedding. One of the most important decisions to make is the wedding invitations as it’s the first impression that your guest will have about your special day. Your guest are probably wondering –  What will their design be? Will they be formal or more informal? So, after you decide what your invitations will look like, there are a few things to consider about wedding invitation etiquette. Below are a few helpful tips to ensure you are following proper etiquette related to your wedding invitations.

Give your guests time to respond. It is not unusual for wedding invitations to be mailed six to eight weeks in advance. This may seem like a long time, but it allows your guests to make proper arrangements to attend. If your wedding is on a Friday, letting your guests know well in advance will give them the notice they need to request a day or half a day off from work. If your wedding takes place over a holiday weekend, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day, sending the invitations out even earlier is a good idea. Since many people usually have some type of plans, whether it’s a barbecue or picnic, over holidays, giving them advance notice will allow them to attend your special day before they commit to other engagements.

Always include a stamp on the reply card. Your guests should not have to pay the postage on your wedding reply cards. It is a small expense to absorb and your guests will appreciate the gesture. Also include the return address on the back of the envelope where you want the reply cards sent. This will ensure all cards are returned back to you without the risk of them getting lost in the mail.

Including a map or direction card with the wedding invitation is a nice gesture, especially for those guests who are not familiar with the location and those who are coming from out of town. Many venues offer direction cards complimentary and you can simply place them inside the invitation. If your venue does not offer direction cards, you can easily create it yourself on the computer and print it out. It should include the name, address and phone number of the venue, along with general directions. This simple gesture will help your guests tremendously and ensure they arrive at your wedding on time and stress free.

Following these guidelines will not only allow you to provide your guests with proper etiquette, but you will also feel a little less stressed that everything is done smoothly. Enjoy your big day!