With all the stress that comes with planning a wedding the last thing that you as a Bride will want to worry about is invitation do’s and don’ts. So we have decided to answer some of your most common questions. Wedding invitations have come a long way, but one thing that remains the same is wedding invitation etiquette.
Many couples still choose to use formal wedding invitation wording. This of course depends on the look and feel of your wedding day.
Formal wording will read something like this:
Mr & Mrs Smith
Request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of their daughter
Saturday Tenth May Two Thousand Seventeen
Four o’clock In The Afternoon
Moon And Sixpence
Plot 23, Beyers Naude Extension
Reception To Follow.
This layout may change depending on who is hosting the wedding. If both couples’s parents will be hosting for example, both sets of names are included.
If your wedding style will be more casual it is completely acceptable to use less formal language and to be as creative as you like with your wedding invitation.
However some essentials always need to be mentioned
Who: Full names of the bride and groom and parents if necessary.
When: Time & date – goes without saying
Where: Venue and full address.
Attire: Make it very clear as to what the dress code will be on your big day.
Map: Include a map or at least detailed coordinates.
Accommodation: Include all details to allow your guest enough time to make necessary travel and overnight plans.
RSVP: Generally you will want to request RSVP’s at least 4 weeks before your wedding , this allows enough time to give your venue an accurate head count.
Website Link: This can be included on both you’re save-the-date and invitation.
In our opinion it is completely acceptable to include your wedding registry or bank details on your wedding invite. However back in the day this was completely unheard of.
There is no rule as to when you will need to send your invitations, but generally save-the-dates are sent at least 6-9 months in advance and wedding invitations about 2-3 months in advance. If you are planning a destination wedding it may be a good idea to give your guest more time to plan.
Lastly when addressing your invites to guests, be sure to use their full names and correct spelling.
Here are a few other things to take into consideration when sending your invites:
If you are having an adult’s only wedding it is a good idea to state this clearly on your invitations or even your website. If guest still sends an RSVP with children’s names, give them a call and explain to them that children are regrettably not invited.
It is also completely acceptable to invite solo guests, just make sure to address your invitation clearly. If it does not state “and guest” this should be a clear indication that a partner has not been invited.