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« Reply #150 on: March 09, 2007 01:23:51 PM »

The bridal shower invites are the place to put registry cards. Typically bridal showers are thrown for you, so it's not like you're actually telling everyone to hit up linens n things to buy you the fiesta ware you want.  Grin
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« Reply #151 on: March 09, 2007 06:44:37 PM »

You know what's weird, is that in my culture you don't usually have registries yet I was asked why we didn't have one when we had an engagement party, as if not having one was being looked down upon. I thought it was weird so we have a registry now. They gave us the cards that we didn't send with the invitations but added to our website and now, I am getting feedback that the items are not many and that I should have listed more. You can never please when you are trying to please the etiquette crowd, so do whatever is best for you.
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« Reply #152 on: March 09, 2007 08:26:56 PM »

As someone who has read and digested and decided very carefully what parts of etiquette Im paying attention to and what Im discarding as nonsense  Cheesy  I will say this:

Yes, its considered poor etiquette to include anything about gifts in your wedding invitation.  Alternatively, it is completely acceptable to include them in showers (that is, after all, the point of showers, plus you dont throw them for yourself, so its not in poor taste)

That said, obviously, it depends on whether you adhere to that rule of etiquette or not.  Most of the time if people want to know, theyll ask, or theyll find out if/when they get an invite to the shower.  Alternatively, if you have a wedding website, you CAN include it on there.  So what weve done is on the outside envelopes of our save the date cards, weve invited people to visit our wedding website which is hosted by theknot.com right now (we may do one on our own soon) and on that website, it has our registry information.

Whatever people are comfortable with is what it all comes down to, but thats the "official" etiquette rule...please believe, I own and read an ENTIRE book just on wedding etiquette  Tongue
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« Reply #153 on: March 12, 2007 10:11:54 PM »

I just had this conversation with one of my friends who is getting married in May. We came to the conclusion that if people want to know they'll ask and if they're too shy to ask, they can look at their website.
My friends fiance is a computer programmer and is very gifted when it comes to designing websites so they added a line at the end of the invitation that said the guests could go online and find a map to the location, RSVP, see photos of the planning stages, etc (the registry information is also on the website but they chose not to include it on the invitation). It's really neat to see the pictures from the invitation making party, an up-close-and-personal photo of her ring, and the family engagement party. I will definately have to keep that idea stored away for my wedding.
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« Reply #154 on: March 12, 2007 11:13:13 PM »

I agree that it totally depends on your circumstances Smiley  I just wanted you to know what you could be getting into if you didn't know already! 

Again, technically, ettiquette says you shouldn't put your registry information in your invitation.  Period.  That includes registry cards that you slip into your invitation-- the stores don't give those to you because they're helping YOU out, they give them to you because they're directing people to buy something from their stores.  We chose not to put our registry information in our invites because I had LOTS of family on my invite list who would have been offended and because I think the rules are there for a reason.  Instead, we included our wedding website on the invite where there was a TON of wedding info (directions, hotels, places to eat, etc.) and included a link to our registries there. 

And Emily Post would be okay with registry info on a bridal shower-- someone else is throwing you the party-- you are not asking for gifts yourself.  That's the "technical" difference.
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« Reply #155 on: March 15, 2007 07:52:16 AM »

We are doing exactly what you girls are talking about... We have setup a wedding website (www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah for anyone who wants to check it out... it took lots of time, so the more people that see it, the better!).  We have listed our registry info on the website, but no where else.  We just sent out Save the Dates and listed our website there.  We will not include those little slips of paper that the stores give you in our invites when we get around to doing those.  It's such a touchy thing, so just do what your gut tells you.   Smiley
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« Reply #156 on: March 15, 2007 11:54:41 AM »

We are doing exactly what you girls are talking about... We have setup a wedding website (www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah for anyone who wants to check it out... it took lots of time, so the more people that see it, the better!).  We have listed our registry info on the website, but no where else.  We just sent out Save the Dates and listed our website there.  We will not include those little slips of paper that the stores give you in our invites when we get around to doing those.  It's such a touchy thing, so just do what your gut tells you.   Smiley

Your website looks great! I wish I had the time/resources to do that. It would be so much easier to give people a web address, than to individually send out all that info. Great resource and really handy for guests. Great job!

I'm under the four month deadline now, and starting to panic with all the things I still have to or want to, do!
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« Reply #157 on: March 15, 2007 03:02:00 PM »

The thing I've discovered about having a website is that it doesn't really eliminate [for me] the need to send information. Some of the folks we're inviting [especially the older folks] don't own computers or have access to the internet. It did let me pare down the amount of information that we had to give though. For instance, we're not giving detailed maps to the wedding site [the wedding site is 15 miles from the hotels, and kind of in the middle of nowhere] so we're adding a folded insert to the invitations that just says that detailed directions can be found online and if need be they can contact us at [our phone numbers] in order to have us mail those directions to them. Plus, we have both a "suggest-a-song" form and an online RSVP system [well, that's coming, it's not quite built yet.] Luckily, I'm marrying a web programmer so while time consuming, it's been low-cost [the cost of the domain name only since we host several sites for the same hosting cost.]
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« Reply #158 on: March 17, 2007 07:03:30 PM »

I so want a wedding website! I'm really impressed with the detail and time you all put into your sites.
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« Reply #159 on: March 19, 2007 03:16:34 PM »

agreed, TheBon - having a site is nice for extras but I think mailed invites are classier and work for all levels of techo-knowledge.
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