Top 5 Rules of Wedding Etiquette
Call Family First
Your family knows you better than anyone (except maybe your husband to be). Make sure they feel included in your engagement by giving them a phone call first to break the news. If your fiancé is traditional, it’s likely that he would have already asked your father for his permission beforehand. They might have known the engagement was coming and it may surprise you to know that they counselled your now fiancé more than you would have expected. Don’t leave out any of the details, these are memories to keep for your entire life.
After family knows the details of your engagement, it’s time to perfect your ring selfie. Maybe give yourself a quick manicure and take a few photos OR click the link below for some engagement announcement ideas.
Send Paper Invites
Once you have carefully worked out your wedding budget with a wedding planner, it’s time to send out invitations. Everyone’s budget for stationary is different, but one thing should stay the same, always send a paper invitation to guests.
Couples with a medium or larger budget for stationary can look into hiring a local boutique stationary designer. With a local supplier, you are able to see samples of the product before placing your order. This allows you to make sure every detail is perfect whereas reviewing proofs online can cause you to miss smaller details. Couples with a more restrictive budget can look into online printing services like VistaPrint (http://www.vistaprint.ca/). Online printers have improved significantly over the past couple of years and I am consistently impressed with the quality and speed of the work. There are now choices for premade templates, paper thicknesses, gloss and custom finishing / cutting.
Do NOT add your registry in the Wedding Invites
This is one major faux paux that many couples make when sending out their invitations. Then how should guests find out about the registry you ask? Your registry can be linked on your wedding website, shower invitations or communicated in person.
Social media is a wonderful tool for letting guests know about your wedding. You want guests to share in the excitement of your big day, but ensure they are present by having an unplugged wedding ceremony.
Two ways to ensure guests are not on their phones during your ceremony are having a cute framed sign at the end of the aisle asking guests to please stay off of their phones or having the officiant explicitly remind guests to turn off their phones.
Phones off will make sure that guests do not become paparazzi, and get in the way of the photographer. A good wedding photographer is not cheap and having guests in their seats allows them to move around freely and capture every special moment.
Thank You Notes
A simple thank you card goes a long way to make guests feel special and appreciated for joining you on your wedding day. As tempting as it may be to type your thank you cards, it’s important to have them hand printed. This shows that you took extra care and love into thanking guests. It also allows you to personalize each letter. Make reference to something they did or gifted you. Common etiquette is to send thank you cards between one and three months following the big day.