Wedding Invitation Etiquette
~Send With Class~
Following wedding invitation etiquette will show your guests
how important they are when it comes to sharing your wedding day. A few
simple steps will keep this aspect of your wedding as simple as it can
Proper wedding etiquette is essential when you are planning
your big day. When you are making your guest list, you will need to
keep a few things in mind: your budget, where you are having your
wedding/reception, and how formal you would like your wedding.
Your budget is a key factor with wedding invitation etiquette.
Including your closest friends and family is vital to a wonderful day.
The cost of the invitations is a small part of the budget requirements
for the wedding. Tailor you guest list to the amount your budget will
allow for the entire wedding event.
Also to think about with your guest list is the location of
the wedding. You will need to take into consideration how many people
can fit into the location where you will be married and have your
Last of all, how formal do you want your wedding to be? With
more formal weddings, children are generally not included. If your
wedding is a semi-formal affair, and you would like, then children are
After all of that...your guest list is created. You have your
closest family and friends and sometimes your not-so-closest friends of
your parents. It is time to begin the wedding invitation journey.
Good wedding invitation etiquette begins with the look and feel of your
invitation. This is when your guests will understand how formal your
wedding is. Use colors that complement the colors you have chosen for
your wedding. Your best bet is to use a dark colors for the font on a
When selecting a font, be sure that it is classy and easy to read. We
received a wedding invitation with a font that was very difficult to
read. The numbers were confusing and the letters were all askew. I had
to call the mother to clarify the address and time
About 2 months before the wedding you will want to order your
invitations. If you are making your own invitations, start as soon as
you can. The creating and assembling of invitations takes time, as you
want them to be perfect.
When you are placing your order ask for a proof. This will allow you to
see if the spelling is correct, the font is legible and how it all
looks. You will want to order around 25 extra invitations, as there are
usually surprise guests who pop up. Also, order extra envelopes. This
takes away the pressure of addressing everyone perfectly by giving you
some error cushion.
Be sure to have a list of what you need included with the
invitation: rsvp cards, directions/maps, reception information.
Including the rsvp cards will help your guests with their wedding rsvp
Believe it or not, there is a wedding invitation assembly etiquette.
This will determine how your invitation looks when it comes out of the
envelope. It is not fun to have the invitation and all of the includes
explode all over when your guest opens the envelope.
- Place the invitation face up with the tissue on top.
- Set the RSVP card face down under the card envelope on top
of the invitation.
- The directions, reception information and lodging
information are placed face-up on top of the pile.
- The invitation and all includes slide into the envelope
facing the back.
- The inner envelope is placed in the outer envelope with the
flap of the inner envelope facing the back of the outer envelope.
- If you have a folded wedding invitation, the fold is placed
at the bottom of the envelope.
Good wedding invitation etiquette is used when you send your
invitations out on time. The rule of thumb is that you want to send
them out 4-6 weeks before the wedding. However, if you are having a
destination wedding, you will want to send them 6-8 weeks before so
that your guests have time to make travel arrangements.
Sharing your wedding day with those you love is so important. It adds
to the happiness of the day. Your invitations will set the tone and
bring you all together to celebrate your wedding.