When it comes to your wedding invitations and their accompaniments, what to say and how to say it has left many couples in bewilderment. However, the process does not need to be stressful or complicated. Remember, each piece in your wedding invitation suite is designed to communicate a specific set of information to your guests. Using our experience and expertise we will gladly help answer any wedding invitation etiquette questions you may have. Below are a few simple rules of thumb that will get you heading in the right direction.
Once you have your venue and wedding date confirmed, start working on your wedding invitations as soon as possible. Angels Creations have a 3-4 month lead time. The earlier you can start, the better, this is the best way to prepare for any unforeseen complications and to allow yourself the time to address and mail the invitations. Preparing proofs generally takes 3 weeks to complete, and we recommend that you send out your invitations at least 3-4 months before the wedding.
The Wedding Invitation should have the names of the hosts at the top of the invitation and should include:
The phrase “request the honor of your presence” is typically reserved for a church or place of worship. You are welcome to spell it as either “honor” or “honour”. If the wedding ceremony and reception are being hosted in the same location, at the bottom of the invitation, you can simply state “Reception to follow” or “Dinner and dancing to follow”. For the wedding collection, try not to use abbreviations. Traditionally, middle names, street information and state names are spelled out. If you do choose to list the date or any other information in a more casual manner, be consistent across all pieces of the invitation suite.
We are asked by customers on a regular basis how to tactfully inform their guests that they would prefer their wedding day to be child free on their wedding invitations. This can be quite tricky as it could potentially offend some wedding guests if not worded in a polite and respectful manner.
Another popular dilemma is how to invite some children but not others. One very obvious solution would be to make sure you omit the child’s/children’s name/s from the invitation and envelope. The guest should then assume that the child is not invited. Unfortunately this is not specific enough for some people, which is where the etiquette comes in. We usually suggest a line or two of text at the very bottom of the invitation (or on a seperate insert), in a smaller sized text.
TIP: Try to avoid saying “No children”, it can come across as being a bit abrupt and rude. Here is a selection of our favourite and most popular phrases…..
You may wish to add on a specific reason in order to explain your decision in finer detail…
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