Wedding Invitations: Casual Wedding Invitation Style?


We're planning an evening ceremony and reception, but we don't want the wedding to be formal. How can we let guests know that it will be a casual wedding?


Though there are some old-school etiquette rules that still stand -- yes, tails are still too formal for daytime -- when it comes to a casual celebration, any time of day is fine. Just because your ceremony will be in the evening doesn't mean it must be black-tie. You can clue guests in to the formality of your wedding with your save-the-dates and invitations. Don't include explicit wardrobe info; instead, pick a style that reflects the spirit of your event (if you're thinking casual, engraved script on ivory probably isn't for you). You might include wardrobe info elsewhere however -- for example, many couples include that kind of info on their wedding web pages (to make your own, go to And of course, make sure your family, attendants, and close friends know -- that way, they can spread the word for you.

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My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot