We all know wedding etiquette questions left unanswered can lead to sticky and confusing situations. Should registry information be shared only by word of mouth? Do I have toinvite out-of-town guests to my rehearsal dinner? Am I obligated to allow everyone to have a “plus one?” How long do I have to send “thank you” notes? We’re back to discuss a few additional wedding etiquette rules you can break! To find out our other set of rules you can break, be sure to check out this post!
A gift registry is a simple, convenient way to inform wedding guests of the married-to-be couple’s wish list. Wedding Etiquette rules say that registry information should only be shared via word of mouth. It is becoming more traditional to provide a list of contacts when creating your registries on your wedding site, should you choose to have one. A few things to remember are that you should not list or include registry information on invitations and that you should not outright ask for monetary gifts! If cash is more important, many stores provide you with the option to exchange your gifts for cash. There are even sites online that will purchase your gift cards!
Who’s Invited To The Rehearsal Dinner
A rehearsal dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony tradition that is normally held after the wedding rehearsal and on the night before the wedding! The guest list typically involves the married-to-be couple and the wedding party. Wedding Etiquette rules say that out-of-town guests must be invited to the rehearsal dinner. Well, if you were having a destination wedding, all of your guests would be considered out-of-town. While many will want to see you, they will probably enjoy the opportunity to explore the new town they’re in. Instead of including everyone at your rehearsal dinner, try having a cocktail or happy hour to meet with everyone.
When it comes to “plus ones” it is important to check with the space at your venue. Although the Wedding Etiquette rule is that unattached guests over 18 should get a “plus one,” if you don’t have space at your venue for everyone to have a plus one, it is acceptable to not have a plus one. When it comes to invitations, be very specific! Be sure to include specific names or “____ of 5 are attending” to let them know exactly how many spaces each person or family gets.
Thank You Notes
After the big day, when is an appropriate time to send “thank you” notes? Wedding Etiquette rules say that you have six months to send “thank you” notes; but situations are different with everyone. The transition time after the wedding may affect people differently. Many may be moving in together for the first time after the wedding, starting new jobs, and trying to adjust to this new life situation. Most people will understand if you take up to a year writing your thank you notes. Just be sure to send them.
These were just a few more Wedding Etiquette rules that can be broken. Remember, it’s your big day, so do what you see fit in terms of the rehearsal dinner/”plus ones” and to always send your “thank you” notes because gratitude can go along way!
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