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Wedding Invitation Etiquette Lessons We Can Learn From Meghan Markle

With the lead-up to the Royal Wedding 2.0 underway, we cannot wait to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry head down the aisle. There will be plenty to celebrate and we’re sure no expense will be spared, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from the couple’s big day — especially when it comes to inviting guests in style.

Meghan supplemented her years of auditioning by lending her hand as a pro calligrapher and wedding scribe in Beverly Hills. So you know her invites were done right. And bonus points for getting the Queen’s seal of approval. (NBD.)

From picking the perfect paper accents to organizing your RSVPs, we know just how complex creating your wedding invitation suite can be. Lucky for you, the Royals have mastered the way of keeping things efficient and elegant:

Don’t underestimate the specialness of pen on paper
Even if you only pen the “RSVP” or your guests’ names on the front of an envelope, adding a little handwritten touch goes a long way. Meghan famously held a side gig as a calligrapher, teaching small group classes for the Paper Source and personally preparing Paula Patton’s wedding invites. While she didn’t create her own, Meghan’s a huge fan of the impact of a custom message. She wrote on her former blog, The Tig: “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”

Pick a pro you could be pals with
While we know just how important #aesthetic can be these days, your invites are your first formal extensions to the people you love regarding your big day. Loving the Instagram feed of your calligrapher or designer is important — but it helps to trust and like them, too. Paula praised the Mrs. Prince Harry-to-be for her “humble and calm” attitude, and the two even maintained a “work-friendship” well after the nuptials.

A little gold goes a long way
Of course, when it’s your royal title crest it holds a different meaning. But when considering what bells and whistles to add to your wedding invites, a bit of gilding adds a layer of luxe that feels sophisticatedly minimal.

Consider cutting out the RSVP card
Meghan and Harry broke tradition and requested “yes” and “no” responses to be sent to Lord Chamberlain’s office (as you do) via email. Follow their lead and ask guests to RSVP to an email address specifically created for your event. By requesting online responses, you can reduce the risk of waiting by the mailbox and can corral your guests’ queries on a single contact point.

Infuse a little personal flavor — even if it’s just between us
Meghan and Harry’s invites featured U.S.-sourced ink printed on an English card as a nod to her American heritage and the melding of the couple's two cultures. It’s a great reminder that an inside chuckle or a special token or memory doesn’t have to be obvious. How you add your personal touch as a couple can be as special and subtle as you want it to be.

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Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release this official portrait photograph to mark their engagement. The photograph was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor.

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