Etiquette rules are guidelines to assist you, as a host, in showing respect for your guests. Invitation etiquette is steeped in tradition. With technological advances in printing, etiquette guidelines have changed. However, consideration for your guests should remain the primary concern.

Invitations convey what the event will be like, they may also reflect a couple’s style and personality. By thinking about which traditions are important to you, and what part of yourselves you would like to express, your guests receive the first glimpse of your wedding day.

Tissue Paper Years ago ink would transfer from the printed sheet. The tissue paper helped keep things neat. Advancements in printing make this step unnecessary, but most formal invitations still include them.

Double envelopes Double envelopes are used today primarily for formal invitations. The inner envelope is the place to list exactly who is invited, and by omission who isn’t (children, for example). It’s okay to use informal names here.


Addressing the envelope Hand write guest address and return address. The return address may also be printed directly onto the envelope. The return address is the location that gifts will be sent to in the event your guest is unable to attend. Today’s bride may also choose to have guests addresses printed.

Numbers Dates are generally spelled out, including the year. the twenty-first day of September, two thousand eighteen. Time is also spelled. two o’clock. Numerals are used in modern invitations.

Event Address Street names, cities and states are spelled out. 2121 East Oak Boulevard, Spanish Fork, Utah. Zip codes are omitted.

Registry No mention of registry or your desire for cash is included with the invitation. If you decide you want a registry included do not print directly on the invitation, add an insert. People have very strong opinions on this point. Parents should be consulted on this point unless you as a couple are hosting the event.



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