Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

A wedding is an event that has a long history with dozens of traditions that stem from religion and culture.  There is a lot of things that go into a wedding that is thought to have a necessary and expected etiquette.

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In today's world the proper etiquette of many wedding traditions is a lot more flexible keep reading for some basic wedding invitation guidelines and ideas for you to consider when creating your big day invite.

Timing is Everything

Deciding on when to send out your invitations seems like it should be easy, but there's actually a lot to consider.  Generally your wedding invitations should be sent out 6 to 8 weeks before the Big Day. This is ideal for couples who are marrying in the town they currently reside in and/or where the majority of their guests are currently living.  This time frame also works well if you've sent out save-the-dates, which should be sent out 6 to 9 months before the wedding date.

If you are having a destination wedding or the majority of your guests are coming from out of town you might want to send out your invitations out earlier, aim for 8 to 10 weeks before your wedding date.

Do You Really Mean Plus One?

When using the term "plus one" or "plus guest" on your invitations be extremely careful if you're at all concerned about who your invited guest may bring. If you have a friend that is in a relationship but you're just not close to their significant other, your best option is to ask for their full name and use it on the invitation.  This will help prevent your friend from bringing someone you don't want joining your event should they break up. Also, don't feel pressured to allow all of your single guests the option of bringing a plus one, you're in no way obligated to, especially if they know a lot of the other invited guests.

Wedding Invitation Wording

As you hear a lot here, this is ultimately your decision. The most common concern when it comes to a wedding invitations wording is not offending any parents or a couples different views on how it should be worded. I've provided some examples of traditional wedding invitation wording below to give you ides and in what situations they're typically used.

 This style is typically used when the couple is paying for most of the wedding and the parents are assisting. It's also a great option if the couple is in a situation where they are estranged from any of the parents or if the Grooms parents (which is not traditional) is paying for the majority of the wedding. 

Below is a very traditional wedding invitation wording.  It can be used by most couples for all situations.

The wedding invitations wording below is what I like to call neutral.  It can be used by anyone in any situation. 

These are just a few styles, and there are so many infinite possibilities when it comes to how to word your wedding invitations. As always, remember that this is yours and your partners Big Day and it's meant to be about your love for each other and celebrating.  Don't let anything stress you out too much, Enjoy It! 

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