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Etiquette ~ Save The Date

December 6th, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

The first contact with most of your wedding guests will be your Save-The-Date card. Here are a few commonly asked questions about them.

What should be on a Save-The-Date card?

When save-the-date cards were first created, they contained the basics (couple’s names, wedding date, and sometimes the location), but now more are choosing to include specific details that used to go in the invitation such as the wedding website, lodging options, and things to do in the area. But it’s really up to you. There are no hard and fast rules aside from the basics of the event. In the example below, a timeline is a fun way to answer all of the questions you’re likely to get from relatives and friends regarding your relationship.

Timeline Save the Date from Etsy.

Does it have to be a card?

No. You can be as creative as you want! Tie it into the theme of your wedding or have a cute photo taken with the date written on something during your engagement shoot. Magnets are also a common alternative, or you could even have the date printed on a bar of chocolate!

Love is Mine Save the Date by Flamboyant Designs featuring photography by Moodeous Photography.

When do you send them?

As a general rule, it’s best to start sharing the news between 6 and 8 months before the ceremony. This gives guests plenty of time to figure out their travel arrangements, save a bit of cash and ask for days off from work.

Custom Calligraphy. Etsy.

What is the best way to address the envelope?

Do you always call your fiancé’s best friend by his nickname? It’s time to find out his full name. By including the actual names of every guest on the envelope, you’re less likely to have any assumed invitees (like your third cousin’s new boyfriend), or general confusion (are children invited?).

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Introducing Good Manners

September 25th, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

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I’m happy to announce a new section that will be touched on weekly in our blog, the topic of manners!

We’ve all had a moment where someone did something, or didn’t do something, where we thought, “That was just rude!”

With all of the technology and ease of communication, one would think that a quick response to an RSVP would be easy, or having attendants from multiple locations could review a dress or two to decide on the perfect fit or color. But, alas, technology seems to make it more difficult. Should you even respond to a Facebook Invite for a bridal shower, when you expected a more formal invite to arrive in your mailbox?

Having multiple generations involved in wedding planning, can often time make it etiquette situations pop up as well. Each generation has areas in manners that they stuck to and were lax on. I remember my mother telling me that girls don’t call boys, but she was more lenient on wearing white after Labor Day. Would she have been okay with my wedding dress being more than just white? (Who knows, I never asked. LOL)

With all this technology and mingling of expectations, it’s no wonder that there are questions on etiquette. So, we’re open for business! Send in your questions to hello@doorcountybride.com, and once a week we’ll wade through the murky waters of wedding etiquette together.

Tell me what are your touchy points on etiquette. Or do you have a great tip on manners from your mother that you’d like to share?