A big part of your wedding is the etiquette that goes along with many aspects of the process. From your Save The Dates, to invitations, to thank you cards, it’s important to know how to be formal and proper when sending out vital information that will resonate with your guests. Your wedding is an event they are attending, and just as you would expect from any other event, requires a certain level of consideration for the individual you are inviting. It may be your big day, but each person attending is also investing a large amount of time, money, and emotional value in your wedding.
A big etiquette factor to maintain while coordinating your big day is all about wording. You have selected each guests to invite based on a connection you have with them. You want to share this huge, romantic moment in your lives as you embark on a new life together with your true love. Consider the envelope just as important as what goes in it.
If you are inviting an entire family, you can say The Andersons to include everyone in the household. If you are inviting a couple, you may need to poke around and do some research on how they should be addressed. Are they married? Do they share a last name? Are you inviting roommate that have no romantic correlation? What is their profession: are they a doctor or lawyer? The contents of the envelope should reflect the same titles.
Now, save that list, because you’ll need it again for thank you cards. You should send thank you cards within two weeks of receiving gifts prior to the wedding day. Any gifts given the day of buy you three months to get the thank you cards out. Review your list but also make sure nothing has changed. Perhaps two people who originally were invited together have since split up, and you definitely do not want to make the faux pas of ignoring this after they invested time and money for your nuptials.
The basis of etiquette start by acknowledging each guest you are inviting individually and respecting their prestige and family. Maintaining this etiquette will not only show you off to be the amazing host and planner you are, but show your guests they are as important to you are you are to them, and everyone will enjoy your wedding day.