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Additional Etiquette for Wedding Invitations

Accommodations Cards

Accommodations cards come in handy with destination weddings or weddings with many out-of-town guests. Accommodations cards may include detailed travel information, hotel options or other travel-related information. If you have already chosen a hotel and reserved a block of rooms, this information can be provided on the accommodations card as well. Many hotels will offer discounted rates if multiple wedding guests book at the same hotel.

Directions Cards

In this day of in-dash GPS units and online map services you can embed in your wedding website, a paper map for a single location may seem unnecessary and wasteful. Typically listing the wedding location, city and state on your wedding invitation will suffice, however if you would like to give your guests more information to avoid any travel confusion, a directions card can be given with each wedding invitation.

Double Envelopes

Double envelopes are considered very traditional, as well as formal. The double envelope used to be used to protect your wedding invitation, when in transit. In the old days, the mail system was extremely unreliable, and often times mail would be destroyed when in-transit, and would thus arrive scuffed, dirty and bent. A bride would thus use an inner envelope to hold the invitation and reply set, etc. together, to which would then be put inside the larger, outer envelope. The inner envelope is not gummed/glued, as it is not meant to be broken by the guest. The outer envelope is gummed/glued. Single envelopes are now widely accepted in the wedding world. Some vendors do not offer double envelopes on certain items, especially those with pockets or embellishments.

GiftRequests

Believe it or not, though bringing a gift to a wedding is customary, it is not required. In fact, the celebration is more about sharing a special moment with family and friends instead of receiving gifts. The guests invited to your wedding however, love and care about you and will likely want to bring something to commemorate the event. Spreading the information about your gift registry through word of mouth is a good way for your guests to know where to shop for you without printing a line about it on your invitation, which is considered uncouth. It is a great idea to add this information to a wedding website that you and your fiancÚ may have started, or simply ask your wedding party to politely pass around your gift request information. Registry information should never be written on or with your wedding invitation or wedding ensemble.

Attire

Traditional wedding attire is a white, off-white or cream dress for the bride and a tuxedo for the groom. Dresses are usually picked out for the bridesmaids to match the color of the wedding and tuxedos for the groomsmen to match as well. Attire etiquette is ever changing, especially when it comes to formal and informal weddings. Informal weddings allow for suits, blazers, sundresses and bridesmaids dresses specifically picked out by the individual women. Since each choice is up to the bride and groom it is ultimately his or her choice as to the attire. Even for informal weddings, attire information should be left off the invitation. If your wedding is outside on a sloping lawn, your guests will know what to wear and they will choose attire that will be more comfortable to them while still respecting the integrity of the event.