Not sure what proper wedding etiquette to use on your wedding invitations? We are here to help you! Below we have provided the answers to couples frequently asked questions in regards to wedding invitations. Your wedding invitations are the first impression of your big day, so to make sure you include all the key components of the invitations, be sure to check over all the answers to your possible questions. Have your wedding invitations stand out by having the correct wording, and including all of the important information for your wedding day. If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Your wedding invitation should include the basic information such as who is hosting, the name of the bride and groom, the Date, Time and Location.
A traditional example would be:
Together with their Parents
Invite you to join in the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, the fourth of April
two thousand fifteen
at half after five in the evening
Sunset Yacht Club
235 Belmont Shore
Long Beach, California
Reception immediately following
If the groom’s parents are not hosting the entire wedding, traditionally it is not necessary to include their names on the invitation. However, it is essential to add them if they are helping the brides parents with wedding. Furthermore, it is up to you and can been seen as a nice gesture of uniting the families by including them.
If your parents are divorced and single hosting, list each of them separately on the Invitations:
Mr. David Jones and
Ms. Julie Brown
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter…
If only one parent is hosting, only that parents name is necessary:
Mr. David Jones
Requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter…
If your parents are divorced and remarried:
Mr. and Mrs. David & Allison Jones
Mr. and Mrs. George & Julie Addams
Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…
To include everyone on the invitation you may use the phrase: “Together with their parents” or “Together with their families” at the top of the invitation. An alternative option would be writing out both sets of the parents’ names on the invitation.
For a more formal approach, use your full name, first, middle and last. If your friends and family call you a name other than you real name it is recommended to add the name you go by on the invitation. You don’t want to confuse your guests and have them not know who you are. For example, if your real name is Patrick Jake Miller, and you go by Jake, make sure to add Jake on the invitation either with your full name or as Jake Miller. Choosing what names to use is completely up to you and your style, whether you want to use only your first name, first and middle, or full name, do what makes you comfortable.
No punctuation is used except after titles such as Mr., Mrs. and Dr.
Using “request the honor of your presence” refers to a ceremony that occurs in a place of worship, such as a church or synagogue. The use of “request the pleasure of your company ” is used for other venues.
Depending on how traditional or informal you want your wedding invitation to be there is a variety of ways to include the date. The formal way would be to write out the entire date completely, “Saturday, the twenty-third of June two thousand and fifteen”. For those with a more non-traditional invitation you can also include the date as normal or all in numbers. Some common examples would be:
Saturday, June 23, 2015
23 June 2015
June 23, 2015
The time can be written in a variety of was to fit your style and theme. For example, if your wedding is at 5:30 p.m. the traditional wording to use is “half after five o’clock” or “five-thirty in the evening.” If this is too formal for your style, you may write the time simply as 5:30 p.m.
If your wedding ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue, there is no need to include a separate reception card. Instead, adding a single line to the bottom of your wedding invitation with a phrase along the lines of “Reception to immediately follow."
Typically from the style of your Invitations the time, setting and season of the event, your guests can decide on what dress is best for the occasion. However, if you would prefer your guest to arrive in specific attire, such as black tie, or cock tail, etc. including this information at the bottom of your wedding invitations is optional. Otherwise, you may also include an enclosure card stating attire information for your guests. For example: “The ceremony & reception will be on the lawn; choose your footwear accordingly.” or “This will be an outdoor ceremony and receptions, please bring a sweater or a jacket to keep warm.”
Writing “no children” or “adults only” on your wedding invitations is not considered polite. Rather, it would be best to indicate the number of guests and their names the response cards. If you receive calls asking whether or not children can come, be honest and explain, you are having a small intimate wedding or that the venue is not child friendly.
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