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Weddings are a blissful time full of love, family and cheerful, lifelong memories. They also involve months of stressful planning and require a heavy dose of etiquette. Your wedding invitations and stationery should be fun and stress-free. It’s not only an important element of your wedding, but it also sets the tone for your affair. Here are a few of the most common etiquette mistakes, and tips on how to avoid them!
1. How do I word my wedding invitations?
Who is hosting your wedding and where you are getting married dictates the formality of your invitation wording. Be sure to write out names in full, including middle names and dates. Note that is there is no “and”: two thousand ten is the proper spelling of the date.
2. What am I supposed to include in my invitation suite?
- Outer envelope
- Inner envelope
- Wedding Invitation
- Response Card
- Reception Card
- Appropriate inserts (Directions Card, Maps, Hotel Accommodations)
Never, under any circumstances, include gift registry information.
It is in poor taste to suggest that wedding gifts are a requirement of your guests’ attendance.
4. How do I prevent my wedding guests from inviting other guests?
Choosing the incorrect wording for your response cards and outer envelopes is an invitation (no pun intended!) for your guests to invite more guests. Never include “and Family” on your outer envelope as it signals that “and family” is literally invited to your wedding! Instead, address your outer envelopes to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Smith and specify the exact guests invited on your inner envelope. For example:
Gregory and Melissa
Sam and Charles (children invited)
In addition, carefully word your response cards.
____ accepts ____ declines
This way, your guests are asked to check whether or not they will attend your wedding.
Since they are not asked to specify the number of guests attending, you are eliminating the possibility of any unwanted extras being added.
4. Our guest list is finalized. Who exactly gets an invitation?
Anyone over the age of 18 gets their own invitation. This means that cousin Joe, who is 18 years old, is sent a separate invitation even if he still lives at home.
5. How much postage am I supposed to use?
The size and shape of your finished invitation suite will affect the amount of postage required to mail your invitations. Take your finished invitation suite to the post office to have it weighed – a free service! – and purchase the necessary postage. Square envelopes will automatically incur additional postage fees because of their odd size, but even traditionally sized invitations may require extra postage because of their weight. Don’t forget postage for your response envelopes, too!
Blush Printables is a charming stationery studio, created out of my love for pretty patterns and passion for creating paper goods. We believe in quality, custom design that truly reflects the passion and vision of our clients.
Our couples are our #1 source of inspiration. The Blush Printables couple is loud, outgoing, quiet, shy and everything in between. But most of all, the Blush Printables client is genuine and thoughtful. She has a type-a personality, loves schedules and organization, has a Pinterest board filled with inspiration, and an iPhone to capture ideas on the fly. You’ll most likely find her in a coffee shop, sipping on her favorite latte, while browsing Pinterest. Most importantly, she has a clear vision of her wedding day stationery and knows that she wants it to set the tone for her wedding while reflecting their style, their personalities, and their love for each other.
Our design studio is based in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.
I was born and raised here in Pittsburgh. I had grand dreams of moving west and working at an advertising angency, but I fell in love and life got in the way. The truth is, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m in love with what I do, my husband, our home, and our beautiful baby girl.. and I couldn’t be more blessed.
My name is Jen. I’m a wife, a blogger, creative director for Blush Printables, and most recently, a mama to a gorgeous little girl named Chloe. I have very little free time, but I enjoy being busy. I graduated in May 2006 with a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University, and spent the first few years out of college designing print material for a local rape crisis clinic. It wasn’t until I began designing for our August 2008 wedding that I realized my true passion was in the wedding industry. From there, Blush Printables was born.
Today, I work full time in my home studio and care for our daughter, Chloe. We live in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb twenty minutes north of Pittsburgh. We have two rescue cats, Maya and Bailey.
Before The Wedding
Engagement Announcements/Party Invitations
Save the Date Cards
Bridal Shower Invitations
Bachelorette (Bachelor) Party Invitations
Bridesmaids’ / Groomsmen’s Day Invitations
Bride’s Thank You Cards / Personal Stationery
For the Wedding
Wedding Invitation Set
Optional Inner Envelope
Wedding Website Card
Weekend Events Insert
Travel Information Insert
Response Card (with envelope)
Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Party Invitations
Ceremonial Wedding Programs
After the Wedding
Thank You Cards