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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

A Quick Guide to Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Planning a wedding can be hectic but with this information about wedding invitation etiquette you can learn everything you need to know to get your wedding invitations out without hassles. The hardest things to figure out about wedding invitation etiquette are how to word the invitation and how to refer to the guest you are inviting.

Here are some of the things you will need to know before you and your fiancé start addressing your wedding invitations:

When you are going to invite guests who are couples--living together or married, you should include the name of the husband and wife or significant other on the invitation. If you don’t know the name, you should take the time to find out. Couples who are not married should have their names on one invitation in alphabetical order. If two people are simply roommates with no attachment to one another, it is best to send each one of them a separate invitation.

Wedding invitation etiquette requires that you spell out words you often abbreviate, such as dates and times, For instance, a date should be “the twenty-third of June” instead of June 23. A time designation should be “two o’clock in the afternoon,” not 2:00 pm. It is okay to abbreviate Mr. and Mrs. but if you have a doctor on the list, it is Doctor, not Dr. The envelope should not have any punctuation except for the periods after abbreviations and a comma between the state and zip code.

Wedding invitation etiquette specifies that you send out your invitations at least six weeks before the wedding. Don’t wait till the last minute to order the invitations as this just causes unnecessary stress. When you send out your wedding invitations to a single person, be sure to write “and guest” on the inside envelope and not on the outer.

If you intend to have a totally adult reception, the proper wedding invitation etiquette is not to say “no children” on the invitation itself. Instead, address the invitations so that there is no mention of children, such as sending it to Mr. and Mrs. Brown, but not to Mr. and Mrs. Brown and Family or to the Browns. If a young person is still living at home but is an adult over the age of eighteen, it is right to send him or her a separate invitation.

Other wedding invitation etiquette mandates that if it is just a wedding ceremony without a reception, you should not send an R.S.V.P. envelope. Also, don’t forget to invite the person performing the ceremony and his or her spouse, if they have one. If you have a wedding registry, it is not proper to advertise it by any means except word of mouth. It is totally inappropriate to mention it on the wedding invitations.




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