Invitation Etiquette

  • If you don’t want children to attend your wedding do the following:  When addressing your invitations, leave the children’s names off it and also don’t mention them in the invitation.  Have friends and family pass the word around that you don’t want children there. State on the invitation, “Adult Reception.”
  • If someone hasn’t responded to your invitation, 1 week past the “Reply by” date, call him or her and confirm over the phone.
  • Children over the age of 16 get their own invitations.
  • Your officiant and their better half get an invitation
  • Send your parents and wedding party invitations, as a keepsake. They don’t have to reply.
  • You have to put return postage on your RSVP’s.
  • Write out names in full, including middle names. Omit a middle name if necessary, rather than using an initial.
  • Spell out all words, including the hour, the date and the year. Spell out all words in the address, including Street, Road and Avenue. The two exceptions to this rule in an address are Saint (St.) and Mount (Mt.)
  • Use Roman numerals in names, rather than “the third” or “3rd.”
  • For ceremonies taking place in a house of worship, use “request the honor of your presence.” Ceremonies taking place in a non-religious setting should say, “request the pleasure of your company.”

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