Sending formal wedding invitations is one tradition that’s alive and thriving, despite the rise of the digital age and communications via mobile phones, e-mail and texting . Your wedding invitations should set the tone for your big day – and have your family and friends savoring fond memories for years to come.
Deciding on wedding invitation designs and templates can take weeks, but what information to include and a few proper etiquette rules have held true for decades.
Here are a few helpful hints on how to properly complete your wedding invitations:
- The essential information that needs to be included no matter the wedding invitation template are the full names of the bride and groom, the names of the hosts, and the date, day of the week, time and location of the ceremony.
- When addressing specific people on invitations make sure to say, “and guest” following the name on the invite if you are allowing a plus one. If not simply state the person’s name you want to invite.
- Include the dress code on the lower right-hand corner of the invitation. Use common dress code language like black-tie, cocktail or casual attire to let guests know how to dress.
- If you choose to create a specific website with details regarding your wedding, include the URL on a separate insert card inside your invitation.
- For all destination weddings, it is proper to send a “Save the Date” card six to eight months prior to the special day. This extra time allows guests to make travel plans. Invitations for traditional weddings can be sent out six to eight weeks prior to the ceremony, allowing guests to plan around their work schedules.
- The RSVP date should be two to three weeks before the wedding date, allowing you to finalize the head count for the caterer and set the seating chart.
- A return address should be placed on the back side of the envelope and is commonly sent to the hosts of the wedding.
- One thing that should never be included on wedding invitations is your registry information. This makes it seem like you are asking for gifts and is not proper wedding invitation etiquette. It is common for guests to bring gifts to a wedding, but they will find out where you are registered by asking the host or mutual friends.