Q&A Session: Guests over Gifts
Posted on October 2, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
Q: We’re finishing up the details for our invites, and are unsure where to list our registries. Can we include that on the invitation itself, or perhaps include an insert card with the registry details? We just want to make sure we receive items that we actually need, and want guests to know where we’ve registered . . . any help you can offer is appreciated!
A: This is a question we often hear from brides-to-be, and we’re happy to help point you in the right direction.
Per standard wedding etiquette, your wedding invitation (and anything included with it) should never have any mention of gifts or registries. Despite what others might try to tell you in online bridal forums, this old-school etiquette rule still rings true today. This rule helps to avoid any implication that a gift is required, or that the gift is more important than their attendance. When sending your guests an invitation, the last thing you want to do is make them feel uncomfortable, right?
However, don’t be discouraged! There are still plenty of other (perfectly acceptable) options to get your registry info out there. For starters, the shower invitations & wedding website.
Be sure your shower hostess(es) have your registry info, so they can include that with your shower invitations. Another alternative – most stores will provide you with small registry info cards (i.e. Target and Bed Bath & Beyond) once you complete your registries. These are perfect enclosures to toss in with the shower and bachelorette invites.
Another great way to relay your registry information is by creating a personalized wedding website. Here, you can list your registries & other wedding details. NOTE: It is perfectly acceptable to include your website on your wedding invitations, so consider that as an alternative to listing your registries directly.
Guests will also know to ask your family & friends where you’re registered, if they haven’t heard elsewhere. So, inform your closest family members & wedding party, and rest assured that your registry information will make it’s way to your guests.
We hope this helps clear the air on wedding registries & where it is (and isn’t) acceptable to print that information. Remember, your guests should always feel like their presence at your special day is of utmost importance, not the gift. =)
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