I have been looking at different articles on wedding etiquette and compiled some of the key points in relation to your wedding stationery. I hope you find them helpful.
Save the date cards
These should be sent out 6-12months in advance
These are sent out 6 weeks prior to the wedding
Invitation wording should be written according to who’s hosting the wedding. Traditionally the Bride’s parents are the hosts but it may be you the couple, both sets of parents etc. Check how the hosts want their names to appear.
One invitation is sufficient for couples and/or families. However, you may wish to send a separate invitation for children over the age of 18.
Key information to be included on the invitation:
State if invitation extends to the ceremony, reception or evening party
If children are invited include their names
The name of the person the recipient should to reply to
Dress code (leave off if no dress code)
You may wish to include a map and directions or information on accommodation
Traditionally guests are asked to contact the bride’s mother for the gift list or you could include details on a separate piece of paper
Address the envelope to the female on the invitation (if applicable)
Thank You cards
These should be handwritten for the personal touch
The traditional seating arrangements for the top table are (from left to right): Chief Bridesmaid, Groom’s Father, Bride’s Mother, Groom, Bride, Bride’s Father, Groom’s Mother, Best Man
These are an important way of expressing your thanks to your guests who may have travelled a long way or given you expensive gifts.
You should allow one per guest
They do not need to be expensive
They do not replace gifts for the wedding party who may have contributed to planing and organising your wedding
This is a link for a more detailed article on all aspects of wedding etiquette: