There can feel like a number of rules that are either spoken or unspoken with wedding cards.
For couples who are on this exciting adventure together, it can be stressful to know how to design the perfect invitation.
Rather than being caught up in the do’s and do not’s of the process, it is important to take stock and understand some of the basics of the project.
Time to discuss the right etiquette for crafting wedding cards in 2020.
Staying True to a Theme
There are no hard and fast rules or right and wrong answers when it comes to designing wedding cards – but couples should stay true to a theme. This is beneficial on a number of counts, helping to make executive creative decisions easy, offering clarity for the recipient and making for a superior end product. Of all the considerations, the actual design of the project is the fun part and will open a myriad of different opportunities. From modern to traditional styles, floral arrangements, seasonal styles for summer, spring, winter or autumn to holiday themed to culturally-inspired presentations to destination wedding themes,– the aim of the game is to stay consistent with the font, the colour scheme and the phrasing. It is a deviation from this framework where mistakes are commonly made.
Including All Essential Ceremony Details
What might appear like a fundamental error that could not even be contemplated with wedding cards does indeed occur. There are thousands upon thousands of examples of invitations that are left incomplete with essential ceremony details. To comply with etiquette in this domain, it is important to take stock of the key details that have to be written down within the card itself:
- Date and time of event
- Location of the event
- Name of the couple
- Dress code
- How to RSVP
Sometimes there will be more explicit details, with some ceremonies specifying no children at the venue. If this is going to be the policy, best not to be vague or ambiguous about the subject and write it in purely black and white terms.
Separating Reception Information From The Invitation
It might sound like a lot of additional work when crafting wedding cards, but in many cases the reception details are an entirely different domain to the actual invitation. They will have their own contact information, prices, packages and policies that are isolated from the event. Especially for those who will be traveling from afar and need to make unique arrangements, it is worthwhile including all of these details on a separate card to avoid clutter on one item.
Addressing Recipients Correctly
Couples can make mistakes when crafting their wedding cards as early as the envelope stage, already committing a faux pas at the earliest possible opportunity. These examples have less to do with the titles of ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ but for other couples who are either engaged, together or have even recently been separated. Check and double check if they have taken on a new surname or if there is a hyphenated name.
The Right Amount of Notice
In an ideal world, wedding cards will be sent out to the guests 6-9 months out from the event itself. This will be sufficient for a notice period for men and women who will likely need to make arrangements for travel, accommodation and providing their family and/or employer with enough details ahead of time. There can be some instances where there is almost too much notice given over a year away, creating a scenario where some recipients forget to add the event onto their new calendar for the following year. Any time shorter than 6 months and some couples could see a drop off in RSVPs, seeing many guests already committed to other ventures.