When it comes to formal wedding invitation wording, there are certain etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to spelling and abbreviations.  Although, there are now modern twists to some of these traditional rules with today’s trendy invitation designs.

Here we will review formal etiquette standards for spelling and abbreviations along with some related modern-day variations…

  • Non-professional titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are acceptable abbreviations.
    • You will also notice some examples of wording that list the first names of the couple’s parents without using these titles so it’s your preference.
  • Professional titles such as Doctor should be spelled out completely.
  • Symbols are not typically used.  So, for example, the word ‘and’ should be spelled out.
    • Some of today’s wedding invitations use the ampersand symbol (&) as part of their contemporary look as in this Botanical Garden design.
Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation

Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation

  • Your wedding date (month, day and year) should be written in words instead of numbers.
    • Trendy wedding invitation designs may include the date of your wedding printed as we normally write it using numbers for the day and year.

This Swirled Decadence invitation actually highlights the numeric date in a larger lettering style.

Swirled Decadence Wedding Invitation

Swirled Decadence Invitation

This Elegant Swirls invitation emphasizes the wedding date in all numbers at the top and again within the wording.

Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

  • Times should appear in words and without the abbreviations of a.m. or p.m.  Instead, use the phrase ‘in the afternoon’ or ‘in the evening’ to be specific.
Contemporary Ikat Wedding Invitation

Contemporary Ikat Invitation

  • Names of states and words such as ‘Street’, ‘Boulevard’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Trail’, etc. should be written in their entirety.

As a reference, here is the Avante-Gard invitation that features traditional, formal wording etiquette.

Avante Gard Invitation

Avante Gard Invitation

As you can see by these few examples, our selection of modern wedding invitations offers a lot of variation in how some of your wedding details are listed as part of the design.  In fact, traditional etiquette may even be combined with some contemporary elements.

When it comes to modern wedding invitation designs, you will find more options for customizing them with your choice of colors.  It used to be that most designs had their color(s) already determined and you were only allowed to choose the color of ink for the invitation wording.  There are still designs like that today, but there are also more and more designs that give you color options for both design elements and the verse printing.  Custom colors are a great way to add your own personal touch to your invitation design.

Here are just a few unique examples of how your choice of color can truly transform the look of the same wedding invitation design.

By simply changing the color of the roses on this Lovely Roses Invitation, you can make it custom to your wedding flowers.  Choosing the same ink color for your names and/or invitation wording is also a way to customize the design.

Wedding Invitation Design Lovely Roses

Lovely Roses Wedding Invitation

This modern floral design, Paradise Garden Invitation, let’s you choose the color of the background which again totally changes the look of the invitation to match your wedding colors while the floral border colors remain the same.

Modern Wedding Invitations Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden Invitation

You design the complete appearance of this Whimsical Wreath Invitation by the background color you select along with the lettering ink color to most likely match your wedding colors.

Whimsical Wreath Wedding Invitation Design

Whimsical Wreath Invitation

Now that you have been introduced to these examples of designs that let you be unique and creative with your color choices, feel free to browse all of our modern wedding invitation designs.

When it comes to modern wedding invitations, you may become familiar with the phrase ‘flip it’ which refers to turning over an invitation card so you can view the other side which isn’t always blank.

Double sided wedding invitations are now becoming a modern trend.  What’s printed on the other side depends on the design.  Here are four creative examples of how the second side of an invitation can be used.

The back side can match the design that appears on the front as shown on this charming rustic Inspiring Lace Invitation.  Along with the design, the couple’s names and/or their wedding date may also be printed.

Double Sided Wedding Invitations Inspiring Lace

Inspiring Lace Invitation

Sharing a photo is another clever use of the 2-sided wedding invitation layout.  On this chic design, Shiny Love, the photo is accented with a romantic saying along with their names and wedding date.

Photo Wedding Invitations Shiny Love

Shiny Love Invitation

Seal n send wedding invitations offer a unique version of a two sided design.  Since this style has the response card attached and folds up into its own mailing piece, the reverse side is printed with two return mailing addresses…one for the invitation itself and another for the return mailing of the response card.  This Love Never Ends Invitation also includes a design printed on the back to match the design on the inside.

Seal and Send Wedding Invitations Love Never Ends

Love Never Ends Invitation

One of the most unique ways to use the other side of an invitation is for the reception and/or accommodations information as on this modern Vogue Velvet Invitation.  This will eliminate the need for inserting separate cards showing those details.

Modern Wedding Invitations Vogue Velvet

Vogue Velvet Invitation

Now that you have become familiar with some of the creative designs of  modern, double-sided wedding invitations, feel free to browse all of our available modern wedding invitations.

Elegant Border InvitationModern wedding invitations transform your style into a new modern look and the result is a gorgeous invitation that will leave guests pretty impressed!

Read more about trends that may apply to modern wedding invitations.