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Are you wondering how to put your registry on your wedding invitations? Can you include your registry on an invitation or is that considered a major etiquette blunder?
Today we’re tackling this question to show you exactly how to add your bridal registry to an invite while still following the traditional etiquette rules.
Registry on Wedding Invitation
According to proper etiquette, you should never put your registry information on your wedding invitations. It is considered a major faux pas and a request for gifts, so do not put wedding registry information anywhere on the invitation card itself.
Instead, there’s a better way… let’s discuss it.
How to Share Your Wedding Registry on Invitations
If you’d like to share your registry with wedding guests on the invitations, there is one acceptable way to do it: include a link to your wedding website on an enclosure card. If you have an invitation style with back-side printing (like they offer at Minted), you can choose to include the link on the back of the invitation vs. an enclosure card.
What are Invitation Enclosure Cards?
An invitation enclosure card is a small card that is included with your wedding invitations. It features any additional information that does not fit or is not appropriate to be printed on the invitation card itself. Enclosure cards are sometimes referred to as reception or directions cards since they usually pertain to information about the reception (what time cocktail hour begins, where it is located, etc.) or directions from the ceremony venue to the reception venue.
What Goes on an Enclosure Card?
Enclosure cards can include a lot of information — or very minimal, depending on what you’re using it for. You can get enclosure cards customized for your event in your selected colors and favorite designs from Minted here.
A reception card typically includes the following information:
• Venue: Where is the reception held? What is the address? “Reception to follow” at a different location is proper wording to use.
• Time: What time does cocktail hour or the reception begin? Is there a lot of time in-between the two events, or does the reception begin immediately after the ceremony?
• Wedding Website: Include the URL of your wedding website on your invitation enclosure cards. This will allow you to include registry information on wedding invitations without openly stating, “here’s our registry!” :)
• Food and Drinks: What can guests expect at your reception? If you’re planning a formal sit-down dinner, include what time cocktail hour begins, then what time to expect dinner to start. You can also let guests know if there will be something more casual, like a food truck, picnic, or bbq style reception.
• Attire: If there is a certain dress code such as black tie or black tie optional, include it on your enclosure card
• Entertainment: Is there a live band? Lawn games for guests during cocktail hour? A DJ? A large dance floor? It is optional but you can include this on your reception card.
If you’d like to include a separate enclosure card with guest accommodations, your wedding website link, and other info, you may. It keeps the reception card from being over-filled.
Here are a few examples:
See? It’s easy.
You won’t use any wording about the wedding registry; that is still a faux pas. Instead, you will simply add a link to your wedding website on the invitation enclosure card (or reverse side of the invite). If guests wish to visit the website, they will, and will see your wedding registry along with where to stay, what to do around town, wedding attire dress code, and more.
If You’re Using a Wedding Website RSVP
If you are already including a wedding website rsvp process, do not include another enclosure card with your website address on it; one card will suffice.
Do You Put Registry on Bridal Shower Invitations?
Yes — the bridal shower invites are an entirely different topic and it is acceptable to include your registry information on the invitation.
Hope it helps!