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Stop Wedding Guests From Inviting Their Guests to YOUR Wedding!

Updated on December 11, 2015
If you don't want your wedding to look like this, you need to be careful when you address your invitations' envelopes and your "response cards".
If you don't want your wedding to look like this, you need to be careful when you address your invitations' envelopes and your "response cards".

Wedding Guests Inviting Guests? Yes, It Happens!

Here's how wedding guests invite their guests to YOUR wedding. 

One, you send out a wedding invitation that says, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith & Family on the outside envelope...

Two, you send out a response card that asks for:

Number of Guests:_________ 

Both are BIG mistakes!

Be savvy when addressing your wedding invitations' envelopes to avoid problems with extra guests.
Be savvy when addressing your wedding invitations' envelopes to avoid problems with extra guests.

Use Your Wedding Invitations to YOUR Advantage!

Never send out a wedding invitation that says "...and Family..." on the outside envelope, which tends to promote carte blanche in the recipient's mind, "Oh, that's great. Uncle Henry and Aunt Alice and the kids will be here that weekend, so we'll take them along.."

Solution: Specify the guests! On the outside envelope, put Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. And on the inside envelope specify the exact guests who are invited: 

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Susan and Charles

This tells the Smiths that their two eldest children are invited, but no one else!

This is NOT the way to word a "response card". You're asking for trouble! Photo courtesy: Carlson Craft Invitations.
This is NOT the way to word a "response card". You're asking for trouble! Photo courtesy: Carlson Craft Invitations.

Be Smart With Your Wedding's Response Cards...

Don't ever send out response cards that say:

Number of guests:________

Or you might end up with a number like eight or 10 on your response card (I've seen it happen).

Instead, put:

____Accepts ______Regrets

In this way, the people who are invited--and specified by your inside envelope--will check the appropriate response. No numbers needed!

Moral of the Story: If you're smart with the use of your wedding invitations outside and inside envelopes--and the wording of your response cards--you will avoid the problem of guests inviting their guests to your wedding!

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