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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

When it comes to creating and sending your wedding invitations, there’s a lot more to it than just sticking a card in the mail! Here are some do’s and don’ts to make your wedding invitations everything you want (and NEED) them to be!


1. When should we send out our wedding invitations?

Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding, that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time. Save-the-Dates should be sent out six to eight months before the big day.


2. When should we make the deadline for RSVPs?

Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date. That gives enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) to finalize your seating chart. Be prepared guests might RSVP the week of the wedding!


3. Where do we include information about our wedding website?

Your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date. If you’d like (or if you don’t have save-the-dates), you can include the web address in the formal invitations with an insert (a small card) that informs guests they can find more details online.


4. Can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates?

To put it politely, no. Including your registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is still considered impolite, because it can come off as though you’re asking for gifts. Put your registry info directly on your wedding website, this allows you to include links from all of the places you are registered. You can also tell your wedding party, parents and close friends where you’re registered, and let them fill guests in.


5. Where do you put the return address on wedding invitations?

The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope. Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address and should include postage.


Special Thanks to: Photography by Southwest Creative Co., Calligraphy by Letters and Such, Location at Legacy Pecans