Wedding invitation etiquette comprises the proper processes to proclaim your wedding. Invitations are distributed to friends, family and additional acquaintances who you would like to attend. If performing a big church affair, invitations are sent to friends and family of both the bride and groom. If inviting individuals connected through business, it ought to be done out of closeness, not for connections. For smaller home weddings, the list can be narrowed down to family and dear friends. Consideration should be given to how many guests can comfortably fit into the gathering area.
Here are several general guidelines when it concerns wedding invitation etiquette:
*Invitations must communicate the mood of the event, be it traditional, contemporary, simple or informal.
*The invitations have to set out the particulars about the events of the day.
*You must be unambiguous in both the words and the connotation when it comes to time, location, clothing, directions or any additional information necessary for the big day.
*You will need to send out your invitations far enough in advance of the occasion to allow your guests to respond and make their plans appropriately.
*When inviting a guest to the ceremony, it is correct protocol to also invite them to the reception.
There are two kinds of wedding invitations, formal and informal. Formal wedding invitation etiquette, the conventional style, is most often employed when planning a large elaborate gathering or a huge church wedding. Informal etiquette can be for small family weddings where things will be more relaxed.
Formal wedding invitations typically have the following rules:
*Names are normally written out in full, including middle name
*All words are supposed to be spelled out, including the date, time and year. All street addresses must adhere to this rule as well.
*Instead of 3rd, or "the third", use III (Roman numerals)
*Formal invitations include two envelopes, the main one and the reply envelope
*Religious circumstances "request the honor of your presence" while non-religious gatherings "request the pleasure of your company"
*Hand written, email and telephone invitations are acceptable
*Less formal use of tone and words
*Uncomplicated statements of time, date, place, directions, along with who is to be wed.
Formal wedding invitations are the most common. On the other hand, informal invitations allow couples more opportunity for originality.