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When it comes to designing, drafting and sending out wedding invitations, it can sometimes be a chore.
Never fear, MHW has found some tips to make invitation drafting easier and bring back the fun for this important wedding activity.
There are many rules to addressing wedding invitations that we thought you should know. Here’s the complete list (thanks, Martha Stewart!), but here’s what we consider the highlights:
- Spell out all words (for example, street rather than St.) on the address and return address
- Put the return address on the back envelope flap
- The term “And Guest” (when used) does not need to appear on the envelope, only on the actual invitation
- Bring an entire completed invitation to have it weighed to the post office before mailing them all
In the 1950s, etiquette expert Emily Post advised brides to send their wedding guests a handwritten thank-you note within three months of saying “I do.” More than 60 years later, that’s still the rule of thumb. But since guest lists can number in the hundreds, it’s often recommended that brides tackle just a few notes a day to avoid being overwhelmed by, well…gratitude.
If you’re a bride looking to simplify the thank-you writing process, here’s another tip: try a personalized postcard. Since there’s no need to stuff or seal an envelope, it’s a one-and-done approach to letter writing. It’s also a modern way to show your guests that good manners never go out of style.
We know that wedding etiquette can at times be overwhelming so we’ve decided to start sharing our favorite tips from Emily Post and other authorities on etiquette with out MHW readers.
Today’s tip: When choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen you should give them 3-6 months notice. Since this is a very special honor, try to ask your bridesmaids in person. If an in person conversation isn’t possible call and as a last resort email your attendants to see if they will accept. Be sure to give details of location and dates so they can start clearing their calendars.