Wednesday, October 31

Wedding Guest List Etiquette and More

Wedding rules can vary from generation to generation, but some wedding rules for wedding invitation etiquette and bridal shower invitation etiquette never change.

First, uniquely elegant wedding invitations, custom-designed especially for you, will convey to your friends and family how wonderful that day will be. They also express to the invitees the general tone of the wedding whether it is formal, intimate, whimsical, spectacular, or low-key. One of the most important points of wedding invitation etiquette, however, is that your invitations communicate the details about the day's proceedings.
Next, wedding rules typically state that you should be clear in both language and meaning about times, locations, attire, activities, directions or anything else that may or may not be involved in your special day.

Finally, be sure to send out invitations well enough in advance of your bridal shower or wedding for your pending guests to plan accordingly.

The Guest List
Invitations should be decided once you have the guest list. Once the guest list and the budget are determined, you may have to make some adjustments to one or both to accommodate everyone.

Divide the Guest List
It might help to split the guest list; half for the bride's side and half for the groom's, or a third each between the bride's parents, the groom's parents, and the couple.

Try to Include Everyone
For a count of how many wedding invitations to send, you should make sure to include every couple, single guests, parents, and the person performing the ceremony.

Children Guests
If you're not sure about whether or not a child of an invited couple should receive his or her own invitation, a good rule of thumb is that any young guest over 16 years old should receive his or her own invitation.

Wedding Invitations and Children
When you've made the decision about whether you're going to invite children to your wedding or not. The first suggestion is to be specific with regards to the wedding invitations and children. If you choose not to invite children, address the envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Guest. If you want to have children, invite The Guest Family.If you're not inviting children and the guests RSVP with the children included, call them and politely and diplomatically discuss the situation with them. In fact, if you're going to have an adults-only reception, it may be a good idea to telephone all of the guests with children beforehand to ensure they understand. This is also a good way for you to gauge how many people will be inconvenienced by not bringing their children.Try to be understanding--your decision to not include children at your wedding can cause stress. On the other hand, your guests have to similarly understand that you're not trying to be discriminatory, but you are planning YOUR special day, and you want it to be perfect.The question for you must answer for yourself is: will it be more perfect with children or without?

Guests of Guests
Be clear about whether or not your guests can bring guests of their own, or you might be faced with the awkward situation of having them ask you.

Order Extra Wedding Invitations
Allow for errors, and expect that you will think of someone you had left outinitially. Ordering an extra 20% more invitations will cover for those possible unforeseen errors. In addition, try to account for mistakes by you, your bridal party or the calligrapher who will be addressing the invitations by ordering several extra envelopes.

Backup Wedding Guest List
Do not forget to have back-up lists ready. Some guests may decline, and it's a good idea to have a second list ready to fill those empty spots as they become available.

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