When you submit your guest list to me, if there are questions that you have about etiquette, I will be glad to help you...I am going to list a few....there is more where these came from so don't worry.
- No abbreviations; spell out states, streets, avenue, etc.
- It is acceptable to use a "bullet" then the apartment number or you can spell out Apartment ## on another line.
- Do not use "and Family" on the envelopes; Address the outer to
Mr.and Mrs. John Somebody, Junior; Inner envelope gets the NAMES of only the people you wish to invite.
Married Couple-woman w/title; Outer: Dr. Jane Jen Somebody
Mr. John Jim Somebody
Inner Envelope: Doctor Somebody
If both are Dr.'s: Outer: Doctor John Somebody
Doctor Jean Somebody
Inner: The Doctors Somebody
The Reverend ????; Brother ?????; The Right Reverend ??????; Sister??????;
The Honorable John and Mrs. Somebody;
US Senator: Senator Name and Mrs. Lastname
CHILDREN 16 AND OLDER OR CHILDREN 18 AND OVER
Children still living at home 18 and older should get their own invitation
(Some go with children 16 and older; this is a personal preference)
Children living at home (under 18) name's should go under the parents names on the inner envelope
If your reception is at the same location as the ceremony you don't have to have a reception card; it is acceptable to make reference on the invitation (i.e. Reception immediately following ceremony)
Now, I read that to mention attire is NOT used anymore....FALSE.
Some Bride's actually want people to know that this is a "Black Tie" affair
(Have you ever been getting ready for a wedding and wonder....am I over dressed, am I too casual?) In talking with Bride's I have discovered that a lot of them want Guests to know NOT to wear sneakers or flip flops!
*This note is from me and it's free to everyone who reads it...Ha Ha! This is the Wedding Day of the Bride and Groom. The key words here are BRIDE and GROOM!!!
*Another freebie is for the BRIDE (and GROOM) if you are asking multiple people for $$, you can EXPECT to hear WHAT THEY WANT...there is a honest way around having to hear this. If you do not know what it is, email me and I will share it with you. If I post it then it won't be a secret anymore!!
Don't put a name on the back flap of the outer envelope, the address of who is giving the invitations OR where the gifts are to be sent.
On the reply envelope the address of the person who is taking care of the guest list....It doesn't have to match the back flap of the outer envelope.
Don't stuff your envelopes before they are completed by the calligrapher!