Your wedding invitation is your wedding day first impression … make it count! While there are ALL kinds of rules around invitation etiquette that you should follow (consult the go-to etiquette genius Emily Post for an extensive list), these are the six biggest invitation faux pas (IMO)… 

  1. Do not include your registry. While wedding invitations are certainly an unspoken request for gifts, leave it to being unspoken. Instead spread the word via word of mouth and your website, a place for practical guest information. 
  2. The plus one dilemma. Deciding on who gets a plus one can be a struggle but if your friend has a serious significant other they need to be included on your wedding invitation. Period.
  3. Using an address label. For save the dates which are much more casual, this is fine. But wedding invitations are special and formal (I mean c’mon, it’s a wedding!). Use a calligrapher to really up the ante (or learn how to calligrapher yourself!), handwrite it or have the address printed directly on the envelope. Every piece of the puzzle does matter.
  4. Not including a RSVP card (and postage!). While most everything has moved to online, wedding RSVPs are one of those things that should still be done the old fashioned way. Why? Your grandma may not understand how to log on and RSVP to your wedding. More importantly? It leads to a lower response rate which results in many accounted guests on wedding day.
  5. Forgetting to weigh your invitation (and RSVP card). It’s not just the weight that can affect the amount of postage needed – size, shape and weight are all contributors to how much postage you need to get the invitation where you need it to go (and the RSVP card back to you).
  6. Kids or no kids? Invitations are the perfect place to express whether kids are invited to your Charlotte wedding. Make sure to make this clear in how you address the invitation so parents aren’t confused.

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