invitation to your wedding, they receive an impression of your preparation. The invitation conveys the style, tone, formality and details to your upcoming event. They also represent your personal sense of style. As always, it is important to remember when formatting them that consideration for your guests is a primary concern. By using proper etiquette you show respect for your guests and in turn can expect the same in prompt responses and gracious gifts. So what are the do's and don'ts?
- Do allow plenty of time. Plan enough time in your schedule to carefully address, assemble and mail your invitations.
- Do get organized. Develop a system for addressing and mailing your invitations. Prepare by gathering names and addresses of everyone on your guest list.
- Arrange each piece that goes into the invitation in a stack, in the order it will be picked up, assembled and inserted into the envelope.
- Do ask for help. Invite friends, family and bridal attendants to help assemble invitations.
- Do use the name of all guests when possible. It is much warmer and more welcoming to use the correct names of those who will accompany your guests on invitations instead of "and guest."
- Do use correct titles. It's flattering when invitations are addressed correctly. This means using appropriate titles and spelling names correctly.When in doubt ask before addressing.
- Don't forget to include any appropriate inserts. This would include maps, directions or hotel information for out of town guests.
- Don't include registry or gift information with your invitation. It is in poor taste to insert a list of places where the bride and groom are registered or a checklist of things they want and don't want.
- Don't use a standby guestlist. When possible invite your entire guest list at the same time rather than waiting to see how many people accept before sending out the second round of invitations. When the guest list is carefully planned and when you consider the likelihood that 10-20 percent of invited guests typically send regrets this approach is much more straight forward than using a stand by list.
- Don't address invitations with labels. Always address wedding invitations by hand, even when inviting hundreds of guests.
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Tips were taken from emilypost.com