Invitations are the first hint your guests will have about the nature of your event, and they set the mood for your wedding. When picking out styles of invitations it is important to remember the invitation may be the only clue your guest will have when deciding how to dress, what to bring, and what to expect.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What special arrangements need to be made for my out of town guests? Should I mail their invitations earlier then local guests?
The best thing to do is send your out of town guests a "save the date card," This card contains information about the wedding and any special accommodations that have been reserved for them. This card should be mailed as soon as possible, up to one year before the wedding so that your guests have time to plan and make flight reservations if necessary.
May some guests be invited to the reception but not the wedding?
Yes, this is perfectly acceptable.
Is it mandatory to send a thank you to someone I thanked in person or on the phone?
Yes, social etiquette says that you should always mail out a thank you note, regardless of if there was already a verbal thank you.
When should thank you notes be mailed out?
A written thank you note should be sent out as soon as possible after receiving the gift. This is normally within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt.
Tips For Proofing
You should have a friend, coworker or family member look at your invitation draft before you give the final okay to print. You will have looked at it so many times you may not notice an error. Check the date and corresponding day as well as all of the spelling.
Tips for Mailing
Make sure you count the addresses and not the guests when budgeting for your invitations.
Tips for Envelope Addressing - Outer Envelope
Always spell out the full name and address without using abbreviations. The only acceptable abbreviations are Mr., Mrs., Ms., and Jr.. Junior is always preceeded by a comma.
Tips for Envelope Addressing - Inner Envelope
Traditionally, an inner and outer envelope are used or wedding invitations. However, with today's less formal behaviors and more environmentally conscious choices, a single envelope is being seen more frequently. If you decide to follow the traditonal method, the conventions for adressing the inner envelope vary from those listed above.
Single recipient, traditional:
Ms. Consantine Simmons
Single recipient, intimate wedding:
Married couple, formal:
Dr. and Mrs. Thomson
Married couple, informal:
Aaron and Shannon
Married couple with different names or unmarried couple living together, formal:
Lt. Andrews and Ms. Michaels
Leo and Jenny
A family, formal:
Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller
Hannah and Ari
A family, informal:
Dave, Rebecca, Hannah and Ari
Additional options for families with children:
Mr. and Mrs. Robbins
Ari and Ian Robbins
Mr. and Mrs. Robbins and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Robbins
Ari and Ian
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