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The Non Tacky Guide to Sharing Wedding Registry Information

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wedding gift photo by Julian Wylegly

Conventional etiquette severely frowns on putting registration information anywhere near your invitation. Let alone on your invitations! The suggested answer is to have your parents or bridal party spread the word.

But let’s face it. The reality isn’t that simple.

Who wants to be responsible for secretly telling your guests where you’re registered?

So here’s my “of this century” advice for how to share your registry information. And next week, I’ll share how to ask for money (scandal!) with dignity and grace.

Bridal or Couple’s Shower Invitation – This is often your first chance to let guests know where you are registered. But everyone isn’t usually invited to a shower, so your best place would be a…

 

Wedding Website – This is a great place for registry information. You can put your website address on your invitation, an additional card or an RSVP.

Add a simple phrase before it like:

“For additional information, please visit”

or

“Please visit our wedding website for more information”

 

Enclosure Card – Places where you’ve registered may give you a card to include with your invitations. Or you can order a designed card that coordinates with your invitation. Or you may separately order a business card sized card.

Here are some wording ideas:

Jaime and Thomas are registered at ….

Your presence at our wedding is gift enough. But if you would like to bring a gift, Jaime and Thomas are registered at ….

Traveling with us for our destination wedding is the best gift we could ever ask for. Some of our friends are unable to go and have asked how they could help. So we’ve registered at .…

 

RSVP – This is probably the least ideal place to put your registry information since your guests return it to you. So it puts the burden on your guests to note the information before sending the RSVP.

So are you adding registry information to your invitations? And how are you doing it?

Photo source: Julian Wylegly

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Fun Bridal Shower Invitation Wording

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Imbue You Lattice Bookmark Shower Invitation

For bridal shower wording you can use something classic and simple like:

  • You are cordially invited to a Bridal Shower honoring
  •  Please join us for a Bridal Shower in honor of

Or you can add a little more flair.

If you want to spice it up, I’ve got some options for you below

You also might want to consider adding to your shower invites:

  • RSVP by date
  • Where the bride or couple is registered
  • The bride’s sizes if it is a lingerie shower

 

Let’s wrap up our best wishes
and shower the bride with love!

Please join us
for a Bridal Shower
honoring
Katie Johnston
on September 1
at 2:00 p.m.
Maggie’s House
85 Argyle Circle
Tampa, FL

Hosted by
Maggie, Ashley and Karen

Please RSVP by August 15th
to 555-569-0987 or Maggie@email.com

Katie is registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target

 

 

Katie’s wedding is on the way
Let’s get her prepared for the big day

 

 

Before the Miss
Becomes a Mrs.
Let’s shower her
With love and good wishes

 

 

Before Katie heads down the aisle
Let’s set her up in style

 

 

Please join us in showering
Katie Johnston
with love and best wishes
at a party in her honor

 

 

Maggie, Ashley and Karen
cordially invite you to attend a
“Blissful Day at the Spa” Bridal Shower
in honor of

 

 

It started with a kiss,
and now it’s come to this…
Please join us for a Bridal Shower
in honor of

 

 

Something satin, something lace
To put a smile on the groom’s face
Please join us for a
Lingerie Shower
in honor of

 

 

Katie’s knot will soon be tied,
So we’d like to honor the blushing bride
Lingerie is the theme for the afternoon,
It’s time to outfit her for the honeymoon!

Please join us for a
Lingerie Shower
honoring

 

 

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
We’re throwing a shower
and inviting you!
in honor of
The table is set
for a
Bridal Luncheon
in honor of
A shower we’re giving
for the new husband and wife
for the things they may need
as they begin their new life.

You’re invited to a Couple’s Shower
in honor of

 

 

The big day is almost here
Let’s shower
The happy couple
With gifts and good cheer

Please join us for a Couple’s Shower
honoring
Katie and Tom

 

What’s your favorite bridal shower verse? Or do you prefer the classic versions? Do you have other ideas to share? Please let me know in comments.

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The Truth About How Much Your Wedding Invitation and Reception Should Match

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starfish beach wedding invitation

Imagine this.

You’re planning your wedding and it’s time to search for invitations. You’re not done planning your actual wedding, though. Everyone says invitations are important because they are the first thing your guests see.

How can you pick them before you’ve finalized your wedding details? And now you’re confused, and worried about doing this important thing wrong.

But you may not need to imagine.

You may be searching for invitations before you have completely nailed down your wedding day details.

And if you are confused about how much your wedding invitation should match your ceremony and reception, don’t worry. I’ve got the answer for you.

Most likely you’ve found a venue, narrowed down bridesmaid dresses (if you have those) and chosen flowers.

Plus, you have a good sense of what kind of wedding you want, whether that be elegant or casual, rustic or carnival.

Well, then good news! Frankly, that’s all you need.

Getting this far means that you have your wedding colors, mood and theme. That’s the essence of your wedding to capture on your wedding invitation, specifically:

Wedding Colors

Often you’ll have 3 to 5 colors you are using on your wedding day in dresses, flowers and décor. Choose 2 to 3 of them to feature on your invitations. When selecting them think about which of the colors best represent your wedding and its mood.

Wedding Mood

You can capture your mood in your colors, the invitation design, the wedding wording and even the fonts.

When I work with a couple on a design in our handmade wedding stationery shop, I always want to know the mood first. It helps me think through fonts, how to present the wedding details in the wording, and even how much of a color to use.

Wedding Theme

If you have a wedding theme, such as vintage or beach, it’s great to show that on your invitation.

It’s part of what you’re inviting your guests to. After all, you’re not just inviting them to your wedding. You’re inviting them to your vision of what your wedding will be.

Ok, now it’s your turn. What colors, mood and theme will you capture on your invitations? And let me know how you are choosing invitations in the comments below.

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