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Invitation Etiquette

Etiquette for Social Invitations:
  • Social Invitations should include the Date (including the day of the week), Time and Location and are recommended in that order.
  • According to etiquette, shower invitations should not have registration information. However, for convenience, it has become acceptable.
  • As a courtesy, a name should accompany the RSVP (it’s nice to have a name when calling to RSVP ) or you can use “Regrets only” and also consider a date to reply by. The word “please” is not necessary, as it is included in RSVP.
  • Special occasion invitations (Christening, Baptism, Confirmation, Bar Mitzvah etc.) should be sent 4 weeks before the RSVP date.
  • For an adorable, personal touch, visit www.stamps.com and have your child’s picture put on a stamp.
  • When the guest of honor does not want to receive gifts, a nice way of saying that on an invitation is “Your presence is gift enough” or plainly “No gifts please”. Please know that your guests may be uncomfortable and still bring you a gift.
  • Theme parties usually require some extra planning on the guest’s part (dressing up, extra items to bring etc.) be sure to include that information on your invitation.
  • If you are having a shower, we suggest including the word “shower” on your invitation so that it is clear to guests, rather than stating it as a celebration or party.

Etiquette for Wedding Invitations:
  • You are a fiancée if you are a woman and a fiancé if you are a man.
  • For a personal touch, visit www.stamps.com and have a picture of the Bride & Groom or the Anniversary couple put on the stamp.
  • A good guideline to follow is to avoid abbreviations, such as street addresses, cities or states.
  • Zip codes are not typically included on a wedding invitation or reception card.
  • Date, time and year should be spelled out.
  • If your wedding is before noon, it is considered morning. If it is between noon and 5:59 p.m., it is considered afternoon. Evening hours begin after 6:00 p.m.
  • When sending a Reply Set with an invitation, as a courtesy to your guest, we recommend two things 1) Printing a return address on the front of the Reply Envelope and 2) Providing the envelope already stamped.
  • The bride or the bride’s family typically takes the replies for the wedding.
  • On wedding invitations, “the honour of your presence” is reserved for ceremonies held on sanctified grounds (i.e., church, temple etc.) It is recommend to use, “the pleasure of your company” when the wedding takes place outside of religious grounds.

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