Wording Wedding Invitations – How & When to Abbreviate Text

There are certain things to be aware of when it comes to wording wedding invitations, especially the use of abbreviations. These etiquette guidelines are appropriate for both your invitation verse and for addressing the envelopes.

  • Non-professional titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are acceptable abbreviations.
  • Professional titles such as Doctor should be spelled out.
  • Symbols should not be used so the word ‘and’ should be spelled out.
  • The date and year of your wedding should be written in words versus  numbers.
  • Times on the wedding invitation should be listed in words and without the abbreviations of a.m. and p.m. Instead, use the phrase ‘in the afternoon’ or ‘in the evening’ to be specific.
  • Names of states as well as the words ‘Street’, ‘Boulevard’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Trail’, etc. should be written out completely.

Here is an example of wording using these traditional guidelines:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jennifer Smith
to
Jason Jackson
on Saturday, the nineth of August
Two Thousand and Fourteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
St. Paul’s Church
10 West Main Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Rustic Battenburg Lace Invitation

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