Gift request should not be indicated on your wedding invitation. Leave these “special request” for your bridal shower invitations. As for monetary gifts, you should never let your guest know that you would prefer “money-in lieu- of gifts” it is very impolite and may rub your guest the wrong way. Remember: “Wedding invitations should be a request for attendance, not gifts”-unknown.
Your wedding invitations should not be mailed out too early or too late. Make it your duty to get your wedding invitations sent out no later than eight weeks before the wedding, this will allow your guest enough time to respond. The last thing you need is response cards arriving in the mail days before your wedding as a result of them going out at the wrong time.
If there are other parties that are hosting your wedding be mindful to indicate that on your invitation. The last thing you want to do is offend anyone on this special occasion. So, if both sets of parents are hosting the event your invitation should reflect both parents' name.
Mr. and Mrs. John Doe together with Mr. and Mrs. Jane Doe request the honor of your presence at the marriage of Jane Smith to Bradley Johnson.........
Together with their families Jane Doe and John Smith request your presence at the celebration of their union....
Please stay tuned for "Wedding Invitation Etiquette-Part II" and more tips, information and inspiration.
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