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How to Word the Perfect Wedding Invite

As wedding stationers, we are often asked by our lovely couples, how to correctly word wedding invitations, so we thought we'd write a helpful article on traditional invite wording.

Letting your loved ones know the details of your big day, needn't be overly wordy or complex. Things to consider are; who is hosting (i.e paying for it), what type of event are you having and how formal and traditional do you intend it to be? If you like things traditional, here's some pointers on scribing your wedding invitations and following certain wedding invite etiquette:

Firstly, state who is hosting the wedding and therefore who is inviting the guests. Historically, this honour fell to the parents of the bride as they were paying for the wedding but these days it can be from both sets of parents or the couple themselves.

When adding your own names, tradition dictates that the bride's first and middle names are used but not her title. The bride's surname is usually not included if her parents are hosting the wedding, but would be used if the couple are hosting the wedding themselves. Staying with tradition, the groom's name would include his title, first name, middle name and surname and the bride's name is always written before the groom's. With same-sex weddings, the name of the person whose parents are paying would appear first, or if both sets of parents are contributing, or the couple are hosting themselves, there are no set rules, just what sounds best. Maybe list names alphabetically or how you are known as a couple.

Next, you need to request the company of your guests, which can be done in a few different ways, for example...

Please join us in celebrating the marriage of our daughter (if bride’s parents are hosting)

Please join us in celebrating our marriage (if couple are hosting themselves)

Other examples:

... request the honour of ...

... request the pleasure of...

... would be delighted for you to attend...

... invite you to attend ...

... invite you to join them in celebrating ...

The date of your big day should now follow. Traditionally, the date is written as - day, date, month, year, for example, Saturday, 18th August 2018. The details can also be worded in written English rather than numbers, for example, Saturday, the eighteenth of August, Two thousand and eighteen, which often applies for our US clients.

The time of the wedding comes next and can be written one of three ways e.g. 2pm, 2:00 p.m. or 2 o'clock and for US invitations, like the date, it's written in full, for example, at two o'clock in the afternoon.

And of course, most importantly, include the wedding ceremony venue and reception location and any reception details such as ending time, for example, carriages at 11.30pm.

A few other things to point out concerning wedding invite grammar, only capitalise the start of lines when it is also the beginning of a sentence. You should though of course capitalise names (places and people) and dates. You don't need to end lines in full stops or commas (except in the date and the address where necessary).

Please note, the wording on our sample invites is just for reference only - always let us know how you would like your invites worded, your way, so we can personalise your invitation just for you.

So enjoy drafting those all-important invites! And by the way, you can always ask our advise when you place your order or even phone us up to chat things over, and we'll be happy to walk you through any tricky bits.