Wedding Invitation Q&As

Composing wedding invitations involves complex-and beautiful-etiquette guidelines. We RSVP to your urgent questions.

Inviting Parents of Bridal Party

Q: My girlfriend told me that it’s proper etiquette to invite the parents of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Is this true? —Duluth, Minnesota

A: Not at all! I’m sure you already have enough names on your guest list without adding the parents of the bridal party. Unless these individuals have shared a close relationship with the bride or groom, there’s no need to invite them.

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I have a few friends who included a Save the Date magnet in their wedding announcements. It was pretty helpful - I attached the invitation to my fridge using the magnet provided, and then on the day of the wedding, when I was scrambling to get out the door on time, I was able to quickly locate the invitation for directions. For my Save the Dates, I did a postcard. However, I still like the idea of including a magnet in the actual invitations. My invitations will have a pocket for the RSVP card, and I was thinking of including a magnet of my fiance and I there. Would this be OK, and if so, what would be the proper wording on the magnet at this point - would "Save the Date" still be OK?