Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wedding Etiquette: Invitations
Hello, summer brides! Here are a few answers to the top questions I hear from brides:
Most of you Tahoe weddings are a destination event for your guests. Therefore, try to send invitations out 3 months in advance and / or save the date cards 6 months out. Ask them to RSVP 2 - 3 weeks in advance so you have plenty of time for seating charts and to get final headcounts to the caterer (usually 7 - 10 days in advance).
Creating a wedding website? The save the date cards or a small insert in the wedding invitation are appropriate spots for this information. The actual invitation itself should only contain the traditional information such as the parents, the bride and groom, the location and the time (spelled out, i.e. four o'clock in the afternoon, not 4 pm).
So your cousin is married and your friend from college just started dating someone. Do they both get to come with a plus one? No, only spouses and serious relationships should be invited (unless you have the budget for everyone to bring a guest, then go for it). When addressing the invitation to your friend, only include her name, "Miss Blank". When addressing the invitation to your cousin, it is "Mr. and Mrs. Blankety Blank" or "Mr. Blank and guest".