There are many details to attend to when it comes to planning your wedding.  Today we are addressing common mistakes to avoid related to wedding invitation etiquette.

  • Choosing a design that doesn’t match your wedding – Make sure your invitations properly reflect the tone of your wedding celebration.  Your invites will not only provide your guests with all the important details but will also be a first glimpse of your wedding style.  If you’re going to get married in a church with a traditional reception to follow, a more traditional invitation design will showcase that style.   If you are having a more relaxed, casual wedding, your invitations should feature a more laid back design.
  • Misspellings, typos, incorrect date information – ALWAYS proofread and spell check your invitations several times.  Even if all the wording looks correct on the invite, it is always a great idea to have another set of eyes read it over as well.  Your eyes may be so trained to see the information and may miss the tiniest of misspellings or mistakes.  You will want to make sure to double check all the things listed below so they’re absolutely correct before being printed on your invitations…
    • * All names are spelled correctly
    • * The month, day and year are all correct.
    • * No letters are transposed in words such as ‘teh’ instead of ‘the’.
    • * Names & addresses for the ceremony and reception locations are accurate.
  • Forgetting postage stamps on response cards – When including response cards or postcards so guests can reply, proper wedding invitation etiquette is to place a stamp on the envelope or postcard to make it easy for return mailing.
  • Not including a return address on mailing envelope – If, for any reason, any of your invitations are not able to be delivered, you will want to have them returned so you can take the appropriate steps to successfully resend them.
  • Mailing with not enough postage – This will result in a delayed delivery to your wedding guests since the invitations will be returned to you for more postage.  To avoid this happening, take a fully assembled and ready-to-mail invitation to your local post office so they can weigh and measure it to determine the correct amount of postage required.

Now that you know these common mistakes to avoid, you are better prepared for your invitation planning.  It can all start by shopping our online selection of wedding invitations for your perfect style and design.

Wedding Invitation Etiquette Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden Invitation

In formal wedding invitation wording, there are certain etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to spelling and abbreviations.  Although, there are now modern twists to some of these traditional rules with some of today’s trendy invitation designs.

Here we will review formal etiquette standards for spelling and abbreviations along with some related modern-day variations…

  • Non-professional titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are acceptable abbreviations.
    • You will also notice some examples of wording that list the first names of the couple’s parents without using these titles so it’s your preference.
  • Professional titles such as Doctor should be spelled out completely.
  • Symbols are not typically used.  So, for example, the word ‘and’ should be spelled out.
    • Some of today’s wedding invitations use the ampersand symbol (&) as part of their contemporary look as in this Botanical Garden design.
Wedding Invitation Wording | Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation

  • Your wedding date (month, day and year) should be written in words instead of numbers.
    • Trendy wedding invitation designs may include the date of your wedding printed as we normally write it using numbers for the day and year.

This Swirled Decadence invitation actually highlights the numeric date in a larger lettering style.

Wedding Invitation Wording | Swirled Decadence

Swirled Decadence Invitation

This Elegant Swirls invitation emphasizes the date in all numbers at the top and again within the wedding invitation wording.

Invitation Wording | Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

  • Times should appear in words and without the abbreviations of a.m. or p.m.  Instead, use the phrase ‘in the afternoon’ or ‘in the evening’ to be specific.
Contemporary Ikat Wedding Invitation

Contemporary Ikat Invitation

  • Names of states and words such as ‘Street’, ‘Boulevard’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Trail’, etc. should be written in their entirety.

As a reference, here is the Avante-Gard invitation that features traditional, formal wording etiquette.

Avante Gard Invitation

Avante Gard Invitation

As you can see by these few examples, our selection of modern wedding invitations offers a lot of variation in how some of your wedding details are listed as part of the design.  In fact, traditional etiquette may even be combined with some contemporary elements.