I really love invitations. After your wedding, when I get to look at all of your stunning photos, I often find myself gravitating most towards the ones of invitations. There are so many little details on each part of your invite. But, figuring out what to put on your invitations can be difficult and stressful. What should include? Does it have too many components? Too few components? Have no fear, this guide should help you make all the right decisions so that you can send your guests the most gorgeous and informative invites.
On the first line of a wedding invitation is where you list who is hosting, or paying for, the wedding. If the couple is paying you can skip this section of the invitation.
If the couple is hosting along with their parents:
“together with their parents”
If one set of parents are hosting (married)
include your parent’s full names, if they have different last names use “and” to join the two names
If one set of parents are hosting (divorced):
include your mother’s name and then your father’s name on a separate line
If both sets of parents are hosting:
list the bride’s parents’ names and then the groom’s parents’ names
for same-sex couples list the names according to preference
The request line is where you invite your guests.
“the pleasure of your company”
“at the marriage of their children”
“cordially invite you to attend”
“would love for you to join them”
“invite you to celebrate with them”
“invite you to celebrate their marriage”
The action line is where you outline what you are inviting your guests too.
If the bride’s parents are hosting:
“at the marriage of their daughter”
If both the bride and groom’s parents are hosting:
“at the marriage of their children”
If the bride and groom are hosting the wedding:
“as they tie the knot”
“in celebration of their marriage”
the bride’s name typically goes first, followed by the groom’s name with first and last name
invitations issued by the bride’s parents refer to the bride by her first and middle name and the groom by his first, middle, and last name
can list names in alphabetical order or whichever order looks best
DATE AND TIME
the date and time is written out in full
the day of the week and month should be capitalized, the year should be lowercase
the time of day is written out using “o’clock
example: “Sunday, the twelfth of September, two thousand twenty, at four in the afternoon.”
Example: “4:00 p.m in the afternoon.”
When listing the location begin by listing the venue name and then on the following line list the city and state the venue is located in. A street address and zip code are not necessary unless the ceremony is held at a private location. You can include them if you’d like.
The reception line is used to let your guests know what to expect after the ceremony.
If the ceremony and reception are held in the same location:
“reception to follow”
“reception immediately following”
“Great food and a whole lot of fun following”
If the reception is in another location:
list the location on the following line or include a separate insert card
“the celebration continues with a reception”
“a celebration with dinner, drinks, and dancing will follow”
“to share in our happiness, kindly join us for a dinner reception”
If you’re not serving a full meal:
“join us after the ceremony for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing”
Additionally, you can also include some other details. For more guidance, check out the sources I’ve listed below! Of course, you can always shoot us a DM if you need more guidance!
The dress code is traditionally located in the lower right corner of the invitation. It could be placed on your website if you have one or on a details insert card.