If you are planning a wedding anniversary party that includes more than just your immediate family, you will need to learn some basic rules of etiquette. One of the first things that you will need to consider is the wedding anniversary invitation wording.
As is the case with wedding invitations, there are some basic dos and don’ts that you should try your best to follow. Obviously, the point of the invitation is to 1) extend an invitation and 2) provide the recipient with all the needed information. Beyond that, the invitation is a way to express your creativity. Below you will first see some tips about what information to include and not to include in the wedding anniversary invitations. Ideas for where to find inspiration for your wedding anniversary invitation wording will follow.
What to Include
What information to include in your wedding anniversary invitation wording is basically common sense. You should include:
- Date and time of event
- Information about where to send R.S.V.P., if applicable
- Information about dress code, if applicable
- Information about parking
- Information about overnight accommodations, if applicable
It should also be clearly stated on the envelope who the invitation includes. If it is for an entire family it should read “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” and then list the names of minor children. If the invitee is allowed to bring a guest it should read “Mr. Smith and Guest”.
What NOT to Include
Just as important as what you should include in a wedding anniversary invitation is what you should leave out. It seems that manners have been all but forgotten when it comes to certain aspects of party invitations. Omit the following from your invitations.
Presumably, the people that are being invited to the party are friends or family members. That is why it is a bit astonishing when impolite wording turns up on the invitations. One woman insisted that the following be printed on invitations to her 10th wedding anniversary party.
“CHILDREN ARE NOT WELCOME at the party. If you bring your children, you will be asked to leave!”
While it is certainly within your rights to request that the party be for adults only, there are better ways to state it than with such impolite wording. For example, you could simply write “This party is for adults only.” That will still get your point across without being rude.
Call for Gifts
One of the most common etiquette mistakes people make on all types of invitations is to include what some refer to as a “call for gifts”. This includes registry information, requests for cash in lieu of gifts and any other mention of gifts.
Gifts should not be mentioned anywhere in the invitation.
Finding Inspiration for Phrasing
Now that all of the practical stuff is out of the way, it is time for some ideas about where to find lovely phrasing for your wedding anniversary invitations. You can take lines from songs or poetry or search through the hundreds of samples that are available at most print shops.
With a little time, you will be able to find wedding anniversary invitation wording that is perfect for your special event.