How to let guests know your dress code
It’s not every day you find yourself in a position to tell someone else what to wear, so understandably this one might feel a little awkward. Don’t worry, though—Meier tells us that there’s nothing wrong with writing the dress code either on a separate reception card in the same envelope as the invitation, or in fine, italicized print at the bottom of the invitation itself. (Note: This should be a simple line and not an essay.)
Still think that a single sentence on the invitation leaves a little too much room for interpretation (but don’t want the invite to read like a rule book)? No problem. Per Meier, your wedding website has your back: “[it’s] a fantastic place to give wardrobe recommendations for the wedding, as well as listing any other dress codes for additional events you are planning for the weekend.”
Common mistake: Giving a super detailed dress code on the invitation.
What to do instead: Lean on your wedding website for that.
Do you have to give every guest a date or a plus-one?
Weddings are expensive and you’re trying to keep the guest list down to not go broke. (We get it.) So, do you have to give every guest the option of bringing a plus-one? Meier tells us that plus-ones are nice but not required in every situation. That said, she recommends giving a plus-one to any guest who has a “serious significant other” (someone they live with, for example), and all guests if you’re having a destination wedding—you know, so your loved ones have a travel buddy. One more caveat: “If you do not extend a plus-one for whatever reason, make sure there are a good number of other people invited to the wedding without plus-ones so there is not just one or a few lone people without someone to mingle, sit or dance with.” In other words, if most of the guests will be coupled up, do your single friends a solid and give ‘em plus-ones.
Common mistake: A guest list that leaves only a small number of people awkwardly flying solo.
What to do instead: Try to give plus-ones when you can to make sure all your guests can have a good time.
Where do you put the return address on wedding invitations?
This one’s pretty straightforward: If you want to keep the front of your wedding invitation envelope looking clean and pretty (but still want it returned to sender in case of a failed delivery), all you have to do is write or paste a sticker with the return address on the back flap of the envelope. Easy-peasy.
Common mistake: Scrawling a return address on the upper-left corner as you would a bill you’re paying.
What to do instead: Slap a sticker with the printed return address on the back flap of the envelope for a more elegant look.