Your wedding theme or style determines the look of your invitations. Through your invitations, your wedding guests get a first peek into your unique wedding celebration. The invitations offer hints on what to expect on your special day.

The main purpose of a wedding invitation is to send a specific set of information to your guests. Crafting the invitation doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some tips on wedding invitation etiquette:

Names on Wedding Invitations
Spell out the full names of your guests, and include the proper titles when addressing your invitations. Let your guests know whether they can bring along their children, or a date. When inviting partners, try to find out their name. Avoid using the words ‘and guest’ after a guest’s name if possible.

Wedding Invitation Wording
Who’s hosting – The full names of the hosts, usually the couple’s parents, are listed at the top of the invitation.

Bride and groom’s names – In Singapore and in the rest of Asia, usually the groom’s name comes first.

The invitation – Invite your guest to the wedding. Request them to attend and share in the celebrations.

Date and venue – Include here the day, date, month, and year, also the time and venues of the ceremony and reception or dinner. Give the full address details. A map insert would be helpful. If it’s a formal wedding, the date and year should be completely spelled out. If it’s a more casual affair, it is acceptable to use abbreviations and numbers.

The reception – Simply state “Reception to follow” at the bottom of the invitation if the ceremony and reception will be held at the same venue. Include the reception location if it’s a different location from the ceremony. This may also be placed as a separate insert.

RSVP – Ask your guests to RSVP their attendance by a certain date, and include your contact details, which can be an email address or a phone number.

Dress Code – If a specific attire is desired, spell it out in small print at the bottom of invitations so that guests arrive appropriately dressed.

Sending Out the Invitations
Ideally, you should send out invitations eight weeks before your wedding date. Earlier than that if it’s a destination wedding. This should give guests enough time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if needed. Deliver invitations and invite your family and closest friends in person.

Responding to the Wedding Invite
When you receive a wedding invitation, RSVP at once even if you can’t make it. Call the couple directly and tell them you won’t be able to make it. Remember to express your congratulations! For a formal invitation, use the enclosed RSVP card.

Take note of the dress code. See whether the invitation is extended to a plus one; otherwise do not bring a guest. If you accept the invitation to the ceremony itself, be on time.

Whether you’ve decided on a traditional or modern theme for your special occasion, wedding invitation etiquette should not be set aside. Following traditional wedding etiquette establishes goodwill, ensures that you don’t offend people on your guest list, and builds anticipation for your wedding day.

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(image via Nineteen Design Studio)