February 11, 2020
When it comes to wording wedding invitations and etiquette, I’ve got Emily Post bookmarked and in my back pocket. Here’s everything you need to know about wedding invitation wording in 7 easy steps.
Choosing the wording for your invitation is deeply personal. There are many different options and approaches, with a lot of information to include. You’re the only one who knows the right way to word your invitations.
I’m always happy to offer advice and guidance along the way, and I know it can be overwhelming at times. Today, we’ll be talking about your formal invitation which requires a few key pieces of information.
1. Host Line
The host of the wedding is listed first, whether it’s the brides parents, the couple, or together with their families.
Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the wedding although today many couples host their own wedding or host together with their families.
2. Request Line
Weddings held inside a house of worship use “request the honor of your presence”. Otherwise, use “request the pleasure of your company”.
3. The bride’s name is always listed first.
If her parents are hosting, use her first and middle name only.
4. Followed by the groom’s name
You can add his parents name underneath, ie “son of Mr. and Mrs….”. In that case, omit his last name and only use his first and middle name.
5. Date and Time
Spell out the full date and time. There is no “and” between the year. The correct spelling is “two thousand twenty”
Include the venue name and city, state. Add the street address, if you wish, but no zip code as it can clutter the design. I typically omit the street address as I feel it clutters the design.
7. Reception to follow
If your ceremony and reception are at the same location, add “reception to follow”. Otherwise, there is no need for this line on your formal invitation and you’ll want to include a reception card.
And, just quick note! It’s generally not considered proper to note if children are not invited (you’ll want to include this information elsewhere) or your gift registry information on your formal invite. Of course, there are always exceptions, but you can use this as a rule of thumb!