Give Your Family and Friends Enough Notice:
Once you set your wedding date, try to send out your save the dates six to eight months ahead of time so your loved ones can mark their calendars and plan to celebrate with you. If possible, also include hotel information, and anything else that will make their planning process easier. Your invitations should follow giving guests another eight to twelve weeks to make final preparations. A personal wedding website is also a great way to keep guests up to date on all of the moving parts with your celebration.
Be Thoughtful With Your Wedding Itinerary:
If your ceremony and reception are in different locations, allow guests enough time on your itinerary to travel between each location. Work closely with your planner to make sure the gaps aren’t too large though, to ensure that your guests don’t get restless from waiting. Your planner will outline times that will make the day go smoothly. If there has to be a significant gap between the ceremony and reception, you should come up with an optional activity for guests. “In the past we have coordinated mini town scavenger hunts or arranged for free drinks at a near-by bar for guests,” says Benson. “Both were a huge hit.”
Don’t Ask For Monetary Gifts:
Of course we can all appreciate having some cold hard cash, but blatantly asking for it as a wedding gift is never appropriate. The real gift from each of your guests is their attendance on your big day. Keep in mind that anything additional that you receive is an added bonus.
Write Out Thank You Cards:
Although the thought of hand writing 100 cards can seem daunting, it is always the right thing to do. Guests will appreciate opening a card that you took the time to tailor to them. It will also be another keepsake from your wedding that they can treasure. If you have a little writer’s block, try being specific about what the gift was you received and what you plan to use it for in the future.
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Expert Wedding Consultant Candice Benson MBC™ is available for interviews to discuss the important wedding etiquette.
Candice has earned the designation of Master Bridal Consultant from the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). She is currently 1 of 59 in the world to hold the title. Candice also serves as New Jersey State Coordinator of the ABC.