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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

There are a number of etiquette concerns when it comes to wedding invitations. While many questions do not have one specific right answer, there are some general guidelines you can follow. Here are some of them:

  • Invitations should generally be sent 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding, it might be a good idea to send the invitations a bit earlier so that guests can make travel, work and child care arrangements.
  • If inviting an entire family, address the invitation "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith," and include the first names of the children on the line below. Alternatively, if you are using an inner envelope you can include the children's names on that only, and not the outer one.
  • If you want adults only at your wedding, leave the children's names off the invitation. You could also include a note that the reception is for adults only, or that seats are reserved for the number of adults in the party.
  • You can specify a date to RSVP by. If you have received no response a week after that date, you can call and confirm over the phone.
  • If sending an RSVP card, be sure to include return postage.
  • Children over the age of 18 should get their own invitation, even if they still live at home.

These are just a few answers to the most common wedding invitation questions. In any situation, it pays to be mindful of your guests' needs and feelings. That is the best way to prevent hard feelings and uncomfortable situations.

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