Important Things to Remember
- Use abbreviations only for name titles such as Mr. and Mrs. All other words should be spelled out (i.e. Road, Streets, States, Avenue, etc.).
- Make sure you are using the correct titles and name spelling of your invited guests. To avoid potentially embarrassing or offensive mistakes, simply ask if you are not sure.
- “RSVP,” which is an abbreviation of the French répondezs’ilvousplaît, means “please respond.” Each of the following usages is correct: RSVP, R.S.V.P. and “The favour of a reply is requested.”
- The phrase “the honour of your presence” is used when the ceremony will take place in a house of worship. For other venues, “the pleasure of your company” is the traditional wording.
- Be consistent with spelling: honour/honor or favour/favor. It depends on which English dialect you are using (British English includes the “u” while American English omits it).
- Traditionally, it is advised not to mention anything about gifts anywhere in your invitations. However, since gift-giving is a known Filipino custom, this has become an acceptable practice.
- Don’t use the phrases “No Children” or “Adult Reception.” If children are not invited, simply omit their names from the addressed envelopes.
- Invite everyone on your entire guest list at the same time. Consider that not all of your invited guests will confirm their attendance. This approach is much more straightforward than using a standby guest list.
- Never use sticker labels on your wedding invitations! This is the fastest way to diminish the elegance of your invites.
- Don’t forget to include any appropriate inserts, such as maps, directions or hotel information for out-of-town guests.
- Don’t mix your beautiful wedding invitation with a homemade map or guest information card. Either have this professionally designed and printed, or don’t include one at all.
Note that these are simply the basic and more traditional wedding conventions, but it’s up to you to modify them to customize your wedding invitations according to your own style and vision. As they say, you must first know the rules before breaking them!