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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Today we are going to chat about wedding invitation etiquette which was one of the many topics we received from our followers. So first, we think it's important that there isn't really a right or wrong way to do things for YOUR wedding. But there are guidelines out there that you can start with if you have no idea where to even begin!

1) First off, what do you need to include in your wedding invitation?

  • Who's hosting.

  • Bride and Groom's maiden names.

  • The actual invitation - "We request your presence at our wedding..."

  • Date, location, and time.

  • Reception to follow (address if it's a different location).

2) When addressing the outside of the envelope go with your overall theme; are you a traditional bride or are you going the more casual route? Either way, below is a list of overall etiquette for addressing your envelope in different situations; IE: unmarried, different last names, Dr, etc.

3) Wording the inside of your invitation based on who is hosting the wedding. Again, this does depend on how formal you are going but either way here are some tips that people typically use.

  • If parents are married: "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith"

  • If parents are separated: "Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Doe."

  • If parents are deceased: "Mr. John Smith and the late Mrs. Jane Smith."

  • If parents are remarried: Mother of the bride is written first then followed by Father of the bride.

  • If couple is hosting wedding on their own: "Together with our families, (insert bride and groom's name) invite you to celebrate..."

We hope this helps with some of the questions we received about the etiquette of addressing wedding invites!

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