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Saturday, September 5, 2015

7 Dos and Don’ts For an Adults-Only Wedding

Ivy Jacobson, Guest Author

Simply put, your wedding guest list is ultimately up to you. If you want a child-free celebration, do it. That said, there are a few sticky scenarios that tend to come up when kids aren’t welcome at the wedding. Our advice? Tread lightly and follow these tips.

Adults-only wedding invitation wording

WED-NoKidsDO properly address the invitation

To make it clear from the start that your wedding is adults-only, address your invitations to exactly who is invited – or some guests with children might assume their whole family is invited. You can also go the extra mile and write in their exact names on the response card (just like you addressed them on the outer envelope), and then all they’ll have to do is check “will attend” or “will not attend.” That way, it will be clear that “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” are the guests invited.

DON’T print “adults-only” on the invitation

Even if you want to go one step further to specify that your wedding is adults-only by writing it on the invitation, that’s an easy way to hurt feelings. Having a child-free wedding can be a very sensitive issue to some — especially with family members and close friends with multiple children. For a more tactful approach, have family members, wedding party members and friends spread the word to other guests so they have lots of time to secure a babysitter.

DO feel free to put a note onto your wedding website

Your wedding website is a place to put catchall information about your wedding, like your registries, transportation options, dress code and other pertinent items. This is an appropriate place to also mention that your wedding ceremony and reception are adults-only and provide any babysitting options in the area.

Children in the wedding party

DO have a flower girl and ring bearer (if you want!)

It’s fine to have as many flower girls, ring bearers, junior bridesmaids and junior groomsmen as you want – they’re part of the wedding party, after all. But if you don’t want them at the reception and just at the ceremony, remember they’re kids and they’ll feel like they’re missing out. In that case, it’s good to come up with a plan or treat for them instead, like throwing them a small pizza party and hiring a babysitter and a magician or face painter to entertain them.

WED-NoKids3DON’T make it an “adults-mostly” reception

And while you can have children in your wedding party and still have an adults-only reception, you have to be mindful not to bend the rules for other people with children. If you let some guests bring their families and not others, it might look like you hand-selected which children were and weren’t invited – and that could lead to a pretty uncomfortable situation. Inviting children just to the ceremony isn’t a good solution either, since they might see other kids going to the party when they have to go home or to a babysitter.

Dealing with hurt feelings

DO call any guests who assume their children are invited

This is the hard part. If you do hear from family members who are questioning why your younger cousins, nieces and nephews aren’t allowed to come, that’s normal. To clear up the sensitive issue, call them and explain that you can’t invite everyone you’d like to due to “budget constraints.” Even if it’s not true, it’s always the best excuse to ward off any further questions or protests.

DON’T back down

It might be an uncomfortable chat, but don’t back down. You and your partner get to decide who’s invited to the wedding, period. It’s completely fair to want an adults-only wedding. But if you have a truly angry guest on your hands, it’s a kind gesture to look into hiring a babysitter to watch a few children during the evening at the hotel. They can have a party of their own with kid-friendly food and fun activities.

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Copyright 2015 – Ivy Jacobson. This article by Ivy Jacobson originally appeared on TheKnot.com.

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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!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Need Some Wedding Invitation Inspiration?

Filed under: Invitations,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am

Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of very creative wedding invitations. If you want your invitation to stand out, take a little time and research the Internet for some creative ways to get your guests attention. Weddings invitations offer you an opportunity to set up the tone and theme of your wedding day, in addition it also offers some important information about your wedding. Wedding invitations are expensive so be sure to shop around.

WEDInvitationInspirationRemember to budget for your invitations. Postage and mailing are important factors to consider first, last, and throughout the entire process. Most invitations weigh more than an ounce, so be sure to check the size and weight before you buy stamps. Envelopes of “odd sizes” require additional postage. The Post Office has a handy calculator on their website: http://PostCalc.usps.gov/.

Have at least two other people read the invitation proofs from the designer or printer. Make sure you’ve got all the details: names, date, time, location, and RSVP info correct before you sign off for the printing and be sure to order an additional 25 invitation just in case.

Remember to take one complete invitation to the post office prior to mailing to make sure it will have adequate postage. Have it weighed, purchase some of those pretty wedding stamps, and be sure your invites will not be returned to you.

a34f9dd49cdd3616df3ad1b32eeec89cThis important tip is from the Knot.com ~ Your save-the-dates should go out six to eight months before the wedding. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks — or longer, depending on how fancy you go — to print them. While your save-the-dates don’t have to match your invites, ordering everything from one stationer can save you money and make the invitation process easier on you. So start scouting stationers 9 to 11 months before the wedding. Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they’re ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you’re having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).

Do not include a registry card with your invitations; this is considered a tacky and an impolite gesture. Buy your thank you cards at the same time as your invitations. The reasons for this are simple – your parents will pay for them now (maybe!). 😉 They are more expensive to buy later.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sorry! You Can’t Come to My Wedding!

Let begin here. Adult people should know that invitations are addressed “only” to those who are invited. If the invitation says “Ms. Sally Jones,” only Sally is invited. If the invitation says “Ms. Sally Jones and Guest,” then Sally may bring a guest of her choosing. That’s the rule! Emily Post and many others have made this clear for years.

It really is wrong for an invitee to add an uninvited plus-one. That is beyond rude and is manner-less. If you ignore the problem, your continuing resentment may bubble to the surface when you see these outlaw relatives on your wedding day. It’s entirely up to you whether you say nothing or speak up, but speaking up is the right thing to do.

WEDnotInvitedWhat do you do when an uninvited guest RSVPs for the wedding you didn’t invite them to attend?

Of the many Wedding Planners I spoke with, most feel that you have every right to call those guests and simply tell them that you’re sorry if there was any confusion, but they were not invited with a guest. I would hope they would understand, but if you get some push back, stand your ground, be firm. Some people are just clueless. If space or expense are an issue you will need to tell them you’re sorry but there can be no exceptions. You have the right to graciously not accept the uninvited.

It’s important to make sure your rule (no invitation means you are not invited or no plus one or adult reception) is communicated clearly to your guests, so that no one is left wondering who is invited and who is not. On the invitation itself, the wording on the inner and outer envelopes spell out your intention. Some will put on the bottom of the invitation, “Adults Only Ceremony and Reception,” however most agree that this is improper etiquette and you should assign this task to someone in the bridal party to pass the news. For the plus 1 issue, only address the invitation to who you want to invite and on the RSVP card, consider putting, “One seat has been reserved for you” instead of how many will be attending.

Here are two suggestions from Jordan McBride. You could say:

1. “We’ve always imagined our wedding as a very small gathering of loved ones. As one of my oldest friends, I really hope you can respect that. We’re looking forward to getting to know your new boyfriend when we return from our honeymoon!”

2. “We just received your RSVP in the mail and we’re thrilled you’re coming to our wedding! Unfortunately, our budget/venue won’t accommodate children, so you’ll have to leave them home for the evening. May I help you find a sitter?”

Ariel Meadow Stallings from OffbeatBride.com says, “How you want to approach your response can depend on which angle you want to take. Whatever you do, don’t get into the specifics of how many people you’re inviting or how you’re choosing guests. Keep it vague and loving.”

Blame the budget ~ “Due to tight limitations on our budget, we’ve had to be pretty brutal in chopping down our guestlist. I’m so sad that you won’t be there with us on the day, but we look forward to catching up afterwards!” Read more responses at www.OffBeatBride.com.

What about non-responses to your wedding invitations? It is never safe to assume a guest is attending or not. People seem to have forgotten the importance of RSVPs, so the best thing to do is call or ask a friend to call and ask whether the invitee/s is/are attending or not. This precludes the awkwardness of having invited guests who haven’t responded show up and being unprepared. See more at: http://www.EtiquetteDaily.com/

Emily Post says, “Here is the last word is about RSVP – French for “Repondez s’il vous plait” or, in plain English, “Please reply.” These little letters are the not-so-secret code that you should call or write your host within a day or two of receiving an invitation to let them know if you can attend or not. All invitations have some sort of a reply mechanism – an enclosed card, a phone number, an e-mail address or a mailing address. A prompt reply is a basic courtesy.

If you feel you’ve done everything you can and you are still stressing out, assign this task to your maid or matron of honor. If you feel she may not be someone who can handle this gracefully, pass the crisis on to your wedding planner. That’s why you hired the wedding planner.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Your Wedding Should Start at the Time on Your Invitations

Filed under: Invitations,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Always put a real start time on your invitations.

If you’re planning to walk down the aisle at 7 p.m., the time on your invitations should be 7 p.m. I often hear brides or grooms say that their side of the family is always late so they listed the time on the invitations at 6:30 p.m. so they would be there by 7 p.m.

Woah!! Wait a minute! What about the people who show up on time at 6:30 p.m.?

StartONtimeIt’s very rude to keep the guests who arrived at 6:30 p.m. waiting until 7 p.m. just because you want to make sure your side of the family doesn’t miss your grand entrance. Very rude. If someone is historically late… ask them to come early to help out with something before the ceremony begins.

Most guests know better than to show up right at the invitation time anyway, so if you put 6:30 for a 7 o’clock ceremony, some of your guests could be waiting around for as long as a half hour or more before the ceremony begins. It’s never a good idea to give guests a fake start time on the wedding invitations because you could end up with guests who arrive early sitting waiting for the ceremony to begin for put to an hour beforehand.

I perform wedding ceremonies in the Greater Phoenix area (The Valley of the Sun) so is is especially important for the ceremony to begin on time as most of my ceremonies are outdoors at major resorts and sometimes it can get rather warm (and sometimes… hot!).

You would be wise to not be too strict about beginning the ceremony at the “exact minute” listed on the invitations. If guests are still trickling in at that moment, give them a few extra minutes to get settled and take their seats. Anything past a 10-minute late start – in my opinion – is too late. I’ve also heard wedding coordinators at venues tell the brides and grooms to expect to start 15 to 20 minutes late. Not good.

Just as it’s rude to post a false start on your invitations it’s equally rude for guests to arrive late at a wedding. Guests should respect your schedule and know that the wedding starts at the time on the invitation. It is your guest’s responsibility to be on time to your wedding not your responsibility to make sure everyone is there at the start. I’ve received several invitations that list the time for the ceremony as: “7 p.m. Sharp!” to emphasize that the wedding will begin on time. Never feel trapped into waiting for people who may never show up.

Have your ushers tell guests to please seat as close to the front as possible for the benefit of the photos. You might want to cord off the last several rows for late-comers.

Conclusion: You should always start the wedding ceremony at the time indicated on the invitation. It all comes down to manners. Whatever you do, never put a fake time on your invitation.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

What to Include (Etiquette Wise) With Your Wedding Invitations

Filed under: Etiquette,Invitations,Save the Date Cards,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

First, you may want to send “Save-the-Date” cards. They are announcements that inform your guests of your future wedding in order for them to plan ahead for your wedding day. They are essential if any of your guests are traveling to your wedding, your wedding takes place on or around a holiday, you are planning a destination wedding, or your wedding will take place in a seasonally busy or tourist locale, where the flights and hotels perhaps book up early. They are generally sent at least 4-6 months prior to your wedding.

If you are planning a destination wedding, for example for an Arizona it is strongly recommended that you send them 12 months in advance if not longer. Because wedding guests want to dress appropriately for a destination wedding, it is important to include the dress code within the invitation as well. Read: “Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!.”

Second, select a wedding invitation that reflects you both as a couple, and reflects the theme, tone and style of your wedding. You should send your wedding invitations 6 to 8 weeks in advance of the wedding date.

What can you include in your wedding invitation packages without stomping on wedding invitation etiquette? What is acceptable and what is not? Today many more things have become acceptable that were taboo not that long ago.

weddingresponsecardWith constantly evolving traditions and modern twists to the wedding, there are plenty of variations to wedding invitations. All of the information within them serves as the first form of communication between you and your guests. If you are having a traditional first-time wedding with all the bells and whistles, then you may want to add a little more than the basic information. If it’s going to be a more informal wedding or a second wedding with a not-so-traditional format, you may just want to list the basics.

Wedding Response Cards – Response cards, otherwise known as RSVP cards, helps ensure that your guest will respond to you if they are planning to attend. On these cards, guests tell whether or not they will be attending and how many will be attending. Include a response date and a stamped return envelope with your address pre-printed on the front.

Reception Card – Some modern couples hold the wedding ceremony and the reception in different places. While the wedding response card contains details about the ceremony event, the reception card specifies the address of the location, time, etc.

Directions and Maps – Be sure to include directions (with complete address and ZIP code) or a map with your invitation, especially if you are having out-of-town guests or planning a destination wedding. No photocopies, please. They should be printed in the same style as your invitations. If you are writing directions (e.g. from the airport, etc.) or developing a map, make sure you check and double check your facts before having them printed. A link to MapQuest or GoogleMaps might be helpful.

weddingmapHotel Accommodation Cards – A list of local hotels/guesthouses/Bed and Breakfasts for people needing to stay over. If the hotel is providing a special rate for guests at your wedding, make sure to mention it. Accommodation information cards are a good idea if you’re hosting your wedding at a vacation destination or if you have many out of town guests. They can include detailed travel information for your guests., including nearby airports, hotel options, area attractions and activities, rental car agencies, taxis, etc. If you have blocked a number of suites in a particular hotel you would provide this information on the accommodation card.

Web Sites – Some couples have websites where guests go to find information about the wedding. A simple card that provides the web address can be included within the invitations. Your wedding website can provide miscellaneous information that proper etiquette does not permit to be included in your wedding invitation. You can also provide details about the rehearsal dinner (for those in the wedding party), ceremony and reception and provide directions, hotel accommodations and rental car information.

Wedding Blog – Although a blog might be unusual, it’s an ongoing dialogue about your thoughts, feelings and ideas about your upcoming wedding. Invite comments and respond to guests. After the wedding you can post photos and video clips of your wedding.

properattireAn Attire Card – Guests sometimes wonder what to wear to a wedding. You can alert them by adding a line to the lower right corner of the invitation indicating “Black Tie,” “Casual,” or other information. If your wedding is outdoors you may want to ask them to wear “lawn-friendly shoes.” Guests coming from Minnesota to a November wedding in Arizona may want to know that the temperature will usually be between 70 and 80 degrees. Check out the Arizona temperatures. Click here.

Gift Registry – Even if the stores where you registered provides gift registry cards, DO NOT include the cards that contain information about your registry in your invitations. It’s impolite for you to start the conversation about gifts. According to traditional American etiquette, wedding gifts are purely optional. That’s why it’s uncouth to include any mention of gifts with your invitation – it comes across as if you are expecting a gift. Ask family, friends and the bridal party to spread the news when people ask; you can also put this information on your wedding website. Read: “Honeymoon Bridal Gift Registry.”

“Etiquette dictates that registry information should never be included in a wedding invitation, even though some stores provide printed cards for this purpose. Instead, rely on your family members and wedding party to spread the word. That said, it is generally acceptable for the hostess of a shower to include these details on that invitation (indeed, this is where you might put those information cards to use). And if people ask you directly where you’re registered, feel free to tell them. ~ Martha Stewart

Programs – Consider including a wedding ceremony program with your wedding invitation. It can both excite and comfort your guests to know about the schedule of events.

Reception Menu – Providing a menu for your guests before the reception might be great for those picky eaters, and get others drooling over the meal to come.

Your New Address Card – Since a change in marital status is often accompanied by a change of address, and sometimes a change of name, this small card is a way to let people know how to contact you after the wedding. Include the date you will return from your honeymoon, or your wedding date itself: “After August 31, 2011,” etc. Include your new address, cell phone, e-mail address, and website, if you wish to share them.

LovelandMDSpecial Postmarks for Wedding Invitations – Have cupid send your wedding invitations (or any other romantic card) to your friends and family that bears a postmark from Loveland, CO 80537. This city is one of several cities that have a special name whose postmark can embellish your wedding invitations with romance.

Miscellaneous Invitation Tips – Do not use abbreviations. Example: Spell out words such as Road, Street, and state names; Arizona (Not AZ). Four o’clock in the afternoon / Two Thousand Eleven. Tip: The “o” and “c” in “o’clock” are never capitalized. It is socially incorrect to mention “No Children Allowed.”

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Ceremony. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 460 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Postage Prices for Wedding Invitations

Filed under: Invitations,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently changed the price of stamps that affect many wedding invitations and save the date cards. If you have yet to mail your invitations you should be aware of these new rates. Here’s a list of sizes and prices that have changed on April 17th, 2011:

  • 1st class, 1 oz – $.44 – No change
  • 1st class, 2 oz – $0.64 (previously $0.61)
  • 1st class, 2 oz – odd size* – $0.84 (previously $0.81)
  • 1st class, 3 oz – $0.84 (previously $0.78)
  • 1st class, 3.5 oz – $1.04 (previously $0.95)
  • 1st class, 4 oz – $1.48 (previously $1.39)
  • Postcards, 1 oz – $.29 (previously $0.28)

First class 1 oz stamps will remain at $0.44. (See all 2011 postage rates)

*odd-size or non-machineable letters include envelopes with clasps or square envelopes.

Two New Wedding-Themed Stamps

On April 22nd, the post office will also release a new wedding-themed Forever® stamp featuring two white roses. While this is only a $0.44 stamp for one-ounce mail it does provide an additional wedding-themed stamp at face value (the rings stamp has been available since 2009) to the list of available choices. The old $0.61 wedding cake stamp is now a $0.64 stamp.

New Forver Stamp$0.44 Wedding Stamp$0.64 Wedding Stamp

Custom Wedding Postage

Custom Wedding PostageIf you want your wedding invitations to convey a more personal touch, custom postage stamps are a great way to add your personality to the outside of your invites. With over 150,000 design choices, custom stamps continue to grow in popularity among engaged couples. Best of all, custom postage stamps are available for all first-class rates so you can enjoy wedding-themed postage stamps regardless of the size or weight of your invitation.

For more information on custom postage stamps for your wedding visit WeddingStamps.US where you’ll find thousands of wedding stamps, rate information, and a weekly giveaway of $25 in custom postage.

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