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Friday, March 13, 2015

The Wedding Invitation game

Filed under: Etiquette,Invitations,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Before sending your invitation proofs to be printed, review the following and avoid any possible mistakes.

Check, double check, and have someone else look over the wording on the invitation. This includes assuring that spelling of names and reception and ceremony locations are correct, as well as the date and time.

WEDInvitationGAMEForget the gifts. Avoid including any information regarding gift registries, or even the suggestion of a “No gifts, please.” The purpose of the invitation is to focus on inviting the individual, not implying that a gift is necessary. To spread information about registries, include the information on your wedding website or ask family members to spread the word.

Instead of writing “Adults Only,” or “No Children,” only write the names of the parents on the outer and inner envelope (if you are using one).

Information about attire is never added to the invitation to the ceremony unless the ceremony and reception invitations are combined. If the reception is more formal, say black tie, include that on the bottom right corner of the reception invitation.

Menu choices, such as chicken or vegetarian, may be listed on the reply card, but don’t reference alcohol services.

Plan ahead to hand-write or hire a calligrapher to address your invitations. Avoid stick-on labels, as they are far too impersonal for such an important and special event.

Before mailing, take your entire invitation package to the post office and have it weighed and the postage calculated. You can also order the stamps you like if your post office doesn’t have them in stock.

Finally, once everything is reviewed, pop your invitations in the mailbox and let the rest of the planning continue!

Copyright © 2015 – Anna Post. Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette. For more information on sharing engagement news, check out, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition or visit



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