Your wedding invitations give wedding guests their first glimpse at your big day, so it is crucial that every element is perfect from the design layout through to your wedding invitation wording. While in previous DreamDay Invitations blog posts we’ve addressed many areas related to choosing the right wedding invitation design to complement your wedding theme, this week’s post will be covering the next step - invitation wording. Keep reading to learn more about the basic elements of wording that should be included no matter what style you opt for!
1. Who’s Hosting?
In a traditional sense it is often the bride’s parents that are the hosts of the wedding, however including both sets of parents as hosts is a more commonly used format now, regardless of who foots the bill.
In circumstances where the bride and groom, together with both sets of parents are paying for the wedding, the words “Together with their parents, Peter and Mary request the pleasure of your company...” can be used.
2. Bride and Groom’s Names
Traditionally, the bride’s name always precedes the grooms and if her parents are hosting it’s always her first and middle name that’s listed, while the groom’s full name is included. Titles are an option, but by no means a necessity.
3. Date and Time of the Wedding
Whether it’s a formal or more casual affair, it is considered important for the date to be written out in full on wedding invitations, without numerals. The time should be written out with the terms “o’çlock” or “half after” for traditional weddings, while for a more casual wedding, numerals are with a.m. or p.m. are acceptable.
4. Wedding Ceremony Information
This is fairly straightforward and ideally should be just the name of the venue with the city and state written in full. However, if the wedding is taking place at a home or a venue that is not well known, you can opt to include the street address in the wedding invitations too.
5. Reception Info
For traditional, formal weddings, reception information is normally printed on a separate card, however this is not a must and a lot of couples prefer to have it printed on the wedding invitation itself (granted that there is sufficient room).
If the reception is taking place at the same location of the wedding ceremony, a simple line like “and afterward at the reception” should be included. If the reception is being held at a different location, the venue details should be listed on a separate line.
6. Dress Code
Wedding invitation etiquette dictates that the dress code should be mentioned on the lower right hand corner of your wedding invitation. If you opt not to include a dress-code, your wedding guests are likely to follow your wedding invitation style as a guideline. For instance a traditional wedding invitations in classic colours will indicate a formal dress code, while a more laid-back wedding invitation style gives the impression of a casual dress code.
7. RSVP Card
In the case of traditional weddings, couples opt to include a separate RSVP card which the guests will fill up and mail back to the couple. However, a lot of contemporary weddings skip this and opt to have a wedding website instead.
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