- Never list or mention a deceased parent (or other close relative) on your wedding invitations. Your wedding is supposed to be a day of joy, and you do not want to bring your guests down by mentioning someone who has passed on. You can honor that person during your ceremony by lighting a candle in remembrance, have a special reading dedicated to that person, have a special table set up with that person’s photo, etc.
- Never put a gift registry or ask for monetary gifts on your wedding invitation. This information can go on your shower invitations, wedding web site, or have members of your family and bridal party spread the word by mouth. If you have a wedding web site, you can enclose a card with your invitation mentioning your site. When they get to your site, your gift registry information or your preference for monetary gifts can be listed.
- Do not put the dress code for your wedding on the invitation. Your guests will know the formality of your wedding by how you word your invitations. If you feel you must indicate the dress code, put this information on a separate card and include it with the invitation.
- If your reception is being held in a different location than the ceremony, avoid putting this information on the wedding invitation. Purchase a reception card.
- If you are having a lot of out-of-town guests, be courteous and include map cards and accommodation cards.
- Once you have written you wedding invitation wording, be sure to proofread it several times to make sure everything is correct. Consider having someone else, like your fiancé, maid of honor, mother, or future mother-in-law, look at it to make sure you have not missed anything. There is nothing more heartbreaking than finding out after the invitations have been printed that you have misspelled the groom’s middle name or put the wrong address for the church.
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