Friday, January 3, 2014

Wedding Invitations - The Questions That Everyone Asks

When people make wedding invitations, they inevitably ask some of the following questions. Don't worry. Just read up, and you'll have all the answers in no time.

1. Should you have two cards, one for your reception, and one for your wedding?

No, you should not. Adding another card actually creates more clutter, which creates more confusion. Your intent was probably to make things simpler, but, counter-intuitively, it's clearer to have both pieces of information on the wedding invitations. Whether the reception is at the same place as the wedding or at a different place, it's appropriate to include an addendum at the end of the wedding invitation, almost a p.s., that gives either an indication that they are to stay at the same location for the reception, or an indication that specifies when and where the reception is, with a small bite-size map underneath.

2. Should I include information about attire and clothing in the wedding invitations?

Yes, if you think it matters. In times past, it was considered poor etiquette to specify what someone has to wear. However, nowadays, it is perfectly commonplace to include details about desired clothing accessories like black ties, bowties, dresses, or male formal wear like tuxedos and suits. You can bar certain clothing too, if you want. It used to be a formal restriction to not mention it, but nowadays it's very popular to mandate the clothing. People like creating an environment that's to their liking. Other people understand that.

3. Should I hire a calligrapher to handwrite my invitations?

No! Personalized wedding invitations from the best designers are the new wave everyone is riding. These graphic artists create the illusion of elegance and posh culture with their designs for cards. The only requirement is that you address the cards in your handwriting or it generally looks odd, tacky, artificial, inhuman, inappropriate, impersonal, and barren. So, don't overspend. Just handwrite where you need to.

4. How do I know where to put the return address?

Put the return address on the back flap.

5. In what sequence should I address a doctor?

Address the doctor first and then his or her spouse. Do not pay attention to gender in sequence; if one of the parties is a doctor he or she goes first.

Hopefully, armed with your new know-how, you will be able to succeed in your new wedding invitations.

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