Invitation Wording Guide + templates

1. Event host

The invitation begins with the host(s) of the event. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are listed as the host, but it’s common to have the groom’s parents, both sets of parents, or the bride and groom hosting. You can leave the host line out completely, or choose to use “together with their families”.

2. Request

“The honor of your presence”is typically used  for weddings at a place of worship and “The pleasure of your company” is used for secular locations. The spelling of “honour” with a U can be used for a traditional or formal feel.

3. The Couple

The bride’s name goes first,  and then the groom’s name. Use the couple’s first and middle names if the parents’ full names are written. More formal invitations include the groom’s title. If the bride’s parents are hosting but you want to list the groom’s parents as well, place their names after the groom’s name.

4. Date & Time

The date and time should be spelled out for formal invitations. Include a hyphen in numbers over twenty (for example, twenty-first). Including the year is optional, but do not use “and” (two thousand and eighteen is incorrect, instead use two thousand eighteen). Use “In the afternoon/evening” instead of AM/PM.  Use “half after” for half hours, and “quarter after” for quarter hours.

5. Ceremony Location

List the ceremony location name along with the city and state. To communicate clearly for out of town guests who might not know the area, list the street address, but don’t list the zip code

6. Additional Information to Include

If the ceremony and the reception are at the same venue, it’s common to include “reception to follow,” or similar wording. If the reception is at a different location or you have more reception details to communicate, use a separate “details” card for the reception.

On the details card, include information about the suggested dress code (black tie, formal attire, black tie optional) if the invitation is to the ceremony and reception.

With all the formalities and etiquette tips out there, the most important part about planning your wedding is to create an event that reflects who you are as a couple. Mix and match your favorite styles and wording to create an invitation that is uniquely your own!



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