Q. What is the etiquette about hand-delivering wedding invitations?
A. Delivering some of your wedding invitations by hand is a fine and acceptable option. However, rather than slipping them into your coworkers’ mails slots or onto their desks, make sure it is an actual hand-delivery — from your hands to theirs.
Q. I’m 26 and have been living on my own for three years. Should the return address on our invitations be mine or my parents’?
A. Invite responses should be sent to whomever is hosting the wedding, and the hosts are traditionally the names at the top of your invite. If your parents are hosting, they should get the response cards. If you and your fiance are hosting, you should get the cards.
Q. We would like to send out save-the-date announcements a few months prior to our formal invitations. Our idea is to use our Christmas cards to serve this purpose. What are some appropriate wording ideas?
A. Great plan! The wording doesn’t have to be anything exceptionally formal. Something like “Save the weekend: Jane and John (or We) are getting married on April 24 in Chicago. Invitations and hotel information will be sent in early March.”
Q: Are there any “unacceptable” wedding invitation styles? My mom and I have been discussing proper invitation designs and color options.
A: Your invitation should reflect the event’s formality. Choose a design and wording that will give guests an idea of the style of the event and even allude to the proper attire. White or ecru paper printed in black ink are traditionally the most formal wedding invitations. Beyond this, invitations may hint at the color scheme of the wedding. You may even select an invitation design that fits directly into your wedding theme.
Q. I was looking for anniversary invitations and ran across a wedding invitation that’s just perfect. Can wedding invitations be re-purposed for other events?
A. Yes! At least at Ann’s they can be. It’s all about the wording, and you can change your invitation wording to reflect whatever event you choose. If an invitation is printed with a wedding-related design, be sure to check the description for whether that design can be changed or if it’s only available as shown.