The etiquette guidelines for wedding invitations, however, deserve special attention because missteps in this area are physical and permanent — forever printed in black and white.
Be sure to follow these three important wedding invitation etiquette tips:
Give yourself (and your guests) time. When it comes to wedding invitations, start early. Six to eight months ahead of time, send save-the-date cards to your guests. Two to three months before the ceremony, send out the formal invitations. To get everything done on schedule, note that your save-the-dates and invites will require a fair amount of lead time, which will vary depending on your order preferences. Take this into account when planning your timeline.
The invite is not the place for registry information. Tradition holds that gift registry information is not to be included on the wedding invitation. Break this etiquette rule, and the couple risks looking like the only interest is in receiving gifts. Instead, couples should list their registry information on their wedding website; including that web address on the invites is OK. Alternatively, couples can inform close friends and family of the registry information. Then, those family members and friends can spread the word to other guests.
Don’t forget to include postage on the reply envelope! When assembling and mailing out invites, some things can get lost in the shuffle. Often, the thing that gets overlooked is adding postage to reply cards. Make sure to add a stamp to your reply cards to save your guests trouble when responding.
Looking to order your wedding invitations? DirectBuy members should go to their local showroom to get started with the ordering process. DirectBuy non-members who are planning a wedding should schedule an Open House visit to find out all the ways DirectBuy can help to make your big day more beautiful.