wedding etiquette

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Today we are going to chat about wedding invitation etiquette which was one of the many topics we received from our followers. So first, we think it's important that there isn't really a right or wrong way to do things for YOUR wedding. But there are guidelines out there that you can start with if you have no idea where to even begin! 

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1) First off, what do you need to include in your wedding invitation?

  • Who's hosting.
  • Bride and Groom's maiden names.
  • The actual invitation - "We request your presence at our wedding..."
  • Date, location, and time.
  • Reception to follow (address if it's a different location).

2) When addressing the outside of the envelope go with your overall theme; are you a traditional bride or are you going the more casual route. Either way, below is a list of overall etiquette for addressing your envelope in different situations; IE: unmarried, different last names, Dr, etc.

Via: www.modwedding.com

Via: www.modwedding.com

3) Wording the inside of your invitation based on who is hosting the wedding. Again, this does depend on how formal you are going but either way here are some tips that people typically use.

  • If parents are married: "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith"
  • If parents are separated: "Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Doe."
  • If parents are deceased: "Mr. John Smith and the late Mrs. Jane Smith."
  • If parents are remarried: Mother of the bride is written first then followed by Father of the bride.
  • If couple is hosting wedding on their own: "Together with our families, (insert bride and groom's name) invite you to celebrate..."

We hope this helps with some of the questions we received about the etiquette of addressing wedding invites!

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Planning & Attending A Bridal Shower

One of the most fun parts of being a fiancé is being showered with love & gifts at your bridal shower.  It can be a lot of work to throw a bridal shower, so we wanted to spend some time sharing some of our favourite ideas for bridal showers.

I get asked a lot and I see brides asking a lot about etiquette of showers.  It's a bridal shower, must to shower the bride & groom with gifts, so it's totally okay to give out your registry information with the invitations.  In my opinion I wouldn't invite guests to the shower that were not also invited to the wedding, but others may feel like it's okay. 

A shower is a great way to introduce your bridesmaids to your guests.  Especially if they can't all make it to the shower.  You could tell how you met each girl or how long you've known them.  Or you could simply share why you chose them to be in your wedding party.   

A shower is a great way to introduce your bridesmaids to your guests.  Especially if they can't all make it to the shower.  You could tell how you met each girl or how long you've known them.  Or you could simply share why you chose them to be in your wedding party.

 

You can stick to a theme for the shower or just have a few decorations that are more typical of bridal shower.  This sign is a cute photo prop!!

You can stick to a theme for the shower or just have a few decorations that are more typical of bridal shower.  This sign is a cute photo prop!!

Some DIY décor ideas.  You don't have to go over the top with décor to make an impact.  Keep it simple and relaxed!

Some DIY décor ideas.  You don't have to go over the top with décor to make an impact.  Keep it simple and relaxed!

A couple of fun games to play with your guests! 

A couple of fun games to play with your guests! 

Don't forget you're planning a marriage, not just a wedding.  Get some advice from your shower guests because you never know when you just might need it.  It will be fun to read together with your spouse after a few years!

Don't forget you're planning a marriage, not just a wedding.  Get some advice from your shower guests because you never know when you just might need it.  It will be fun to read together with your spouse after a few years!

Remember you're the guest of honor so it's okay to dress up a bit!  it's a great day to schedule a hair & makeup trial or have some pampering done before your shower!

Remember you're the guest of honor so it's okay to dress up a bit!  it's a great day to schedule a hair & makeup trial or have some pampering done before your shower!

Don't forget to send out thank you cards after your shower!  Especially to the hosts.  Showers are a fun way to get together with those who matter to you and have fun together before the big day!  What's your best advice for others planning or attending showers?