Wedding Etiquette: Invitations and Thank-you Notes
Having a wedding will mostly be all about you and your special
love, yet you need to remember some etiquette rules that apply
to your guests. The better you treat your guests, the more
likely they are to enjoy your wedding and think of you in a
positive light. Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations should be mailed out six weeks prior to the
wedding day, unless friends or relatives need to fly in from out
of town. Then the invitation should be mailed eight to ten weeks
in advance to give your guests time to make travel and hotel
arrangements. Custom also has it that invitations need to be
mailed from the bride's home, even if guests are friends of the
groom. The envelope should have the full names of the family or
persons you are inviting, and the inside card should just have
first names. When you are inviting a single person, it is polite
to write "and Guest" next to their name.
Weddings invitation wording should reflect the formality of your
wedding. The more formal, the closer to tradition you want to
be. Invitations should tell your guests exactly what they need
to know. The wording you use is also important, although there
are many varieties to choose from. Consult a wedding invitation
magazine or guide before you order your invitations to know
which wording will suit you best.
For destination weddings, make sure you mail the "Save the Date"
cards well in advance so guests can begin making travel
plans. Thank-You Notes
It used to be that if you said thank you to someone in person
for his or her gift, a thank-you note was not required. But
these days, when couples are inviting more guests to the
wedding, and more people send gifts through mail, thank-you
notes are the only way to express your sincere appreciation.
When should you send out thank-you notes for your shower and
wedding? ASAP! The sooner, the better. Everyone appreciates a
thank-you note, especially if it comes soon after the event. For
the shower, notes should be sent out 10 to 14 days after the
Thank-you notes for weddings gifts received before the wedding
should go out two weeks after receiving the gift so a prolonged
period of time does not go between receiving the gift and
sending the note.
Proper wedding etiquette says that notes should be sent out two
weeks to a month after you return from the honeymoon. If time
starts racing and you've put notes on the back burner for too
long, send them anyway. People expect thank-you notes for their
gifts and they will still appreciate one even if it is late.
Handwritten notes are the only way to go. If a guest receives a
pre-printed thank-you note, he or she will feel unappreciated
and think you are not thankful for their time and effort to get
you something. No matter how short your handwritten note it, it
expresses your appreciation so much better, and your guest will
know you are truly thankful.
Along with sending notes for gifts, be sure to send thank-you
notes to friends and family who planned showers or parties for
you; they worked hard to celebrate for you.
If you receive more than one present from someone, write a
thank-you note for each gift. If someone gives you a gift for
your shower and then three weeks later for your wedding, it is
not polite to write one note for both gifts. Get the shower
thank-you note out before the wedding.
Colored ink is getting more popular these days, but for
thank-you notes, black or dark blue ink should still be used.
These colors are easier to read and they just look better.
These tips will help your guests appreciate your politeness and
the time you spend thinking of them. Some of you guests will
spend a good amount of money or time on you, and they want to
know you appreciated that.