Do you worry about forgetting to put something crucial on your wedding invitations? Have you thought about what to NOT include on wedding invitations? It’s just as important!
Don’t make a major faux pas! And that’s why we’re here to help!
In this blog post, we’ll tell you exactly what to NEVER put on wedding invitations so you don’t make a major mistake.
Let’s get to it!
What to Not Include on Wedding Invites
Here are the three major things to NOT put on your wedding invites.
1. Reception Information
One common thing that couples shouldn’t include on invitations — but often do — is reception information.
The invitation card itself should not include reception details. Instead, it should read, “Reception to follow”, “Celebration to follow”, or something similar.
I personally like the verbiage “dinner and dancing to follow”. :)
For the reception details, you’ll print those on an enclosure card (rather than the invitation card itself).
Then, you’ll include specific reception details on a separate enclosure card.
You can get enclosure cards (or browse ideas to get inspiration on how to word yours) here at Minted. They have a great variety.
2. No Kids
Although you may be adamant about having no kids at your wedding, you don’t need to spell it out for guests. The proper way to inform guests of an adults-only wedding is through these two ways:
Adult Only Reception
The words, “Adult only reception”, are not necessary but may be included on an enclosure card with your wedding invitations. This makes it absolutely clear that the event is for adults only, no children included.
Proper Addressing of Invitations
If your invitations are properly addressed, you won’t need an enclosure card as described above. This is because proper addressing notifies guests as to whom is actually invited to the wedding.
The names on the outer and inner envelopes will let guests know if children are included simply by omitting ‘and family’ or the child(ren)’s names on the envelope itself.
If an invitation reads, “Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo DiCaprio and Family”, this includes kids.
If the invitation instead reads, “Mr. and Mrs. DiCaprio” and the inner envelope is addressed, “Leonardo and Abigail” without the mention of family or children, it makes it clear the wedding is for adults only.
If you’d like, you may include a line that mentions your adult-only reception on your wedding website. Refrain from the wording “no kids”, as it isn’t as polite as, “adults only”. :)
3. Mention of Gifts in Any Way
Some couples put the following on invitations (but shouldn’t): “no boxed gifts, please“. Yikes! Don’t ever make mention of anything about gifts, or request that guests don’t bring ‘boxed gifts’, which is code for saying you’d like cold hard cash. ;)
Most guests will bring you a gift, but there is no need to mention it or dictate what they bring.
And lastly, this ties in with the request above: never include registry information on your wedding invitations.
Guests will almost always bring a gift, so there is no need to mention it (and doing so is considered tacky and inappropriate).
You can, of course, include a link to your registry on your wedding website. The registry information is also included — and it is appropriate to do so! — on bridal shower invitations.
There you have it: what NOT to include on wedding invitations. Do you have anything to add, or questions for the above?
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This is a post in collaboration with Minted.