Wedding invitation text can be broken down into answering the questions of who, when and where as they pertain to your wedding celebration details.

Your invitation wording will need to answer these specific questions to provide your guests with all the details they will need about your wedding…

  • Who is inviting guests to the wedding?  This typically refers to whoever is hosting/financing the wedding.  Their name(s) should be printed preceding a phrase like ‘invite you to share with us’ or ‘request the honour of your presence’, or however you choose to have it worded on your wedding invites.  This may be your parents or you and your fiance. It may also be both you and your parents meaning all of you should be listed as extending the invitation.
  • Who is getting married? This may seem obvious but it also pertains to how you and your fiance’s names will be printed. If your parents’ names will be included, only your first and middle names are necessary since there’s no need to repeat last names unless yours is different from theirs.  For example, if only your parents will be listed, simply list your first and middle names but your fiance’s last name should be included in the absence of his parents’ names. If you prefer, you can choose not to include your middle names.
  • When is your wedding ceremony taking place?  The proper order of listing these details is as follows – day of the week, calendar date, year and time of day.  Notice that this information is written out in words instead of numbers as shown in this example:

Saturday, the fifth of September
Two thousand eighteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon

  • Where is your wedding ceremony taking place?  Be sure to list the name of the location, the number & street address and the city & state.  No abbreviations or zip codes are included as in this example:

The Bible Church
1111 Main Street
Chicago, Illinois

  • When is your wedding reception taking place?  You can either list the specific time of your reception in a typical numeric format or simply use the phrase ‘immediately following the ceremony’.  No need to repeat the day, date and year which were already included with your ceremony information unless a post-wedding reception will be held at a later date.  If space allows, reception details can be listed directly on your wedding invitation or a separate reception card can be included, especially if it’s a reception being held on a separate date.
  • Where is your wedding reception taking place?   The details of where your reception is being held should be listed in the same way as for your ceremony, either on your invitation or as part of a separate reception card.

These are simply the basics of invitation wording to make sure all the details are properly included for your guests.  Most likely you will be viewing sample verses that will guide you through the information you need to complete as you customize your chosen design.  You may also choose to add custom lines of verse depending on the design of your wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitations Shimmering Lights

Shimmering Lights Seal ‘n Send Invitation

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

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Rustic Battenburg Lace Invitation

Last week we covered the ‘when’ questions that need to be answered in your wedding invitation text.  This week we cover the ‘where’ questions.

  1. Where is your wedding ceremony taking place?  When listing the specifics, you need to include the name of the location, the number & street address and the city & state.  No abbreviations or zip codes are included as in this example:
    The Bible Church
    1111 North Main Street
    Chicago, Illinois
  2. Where is your wedding reception taking place?  The ‘where’ details of your wedding reception should be listed in the same way as for your ceremony.  As previously mentioned, these reception details can be listed directly on your wedding invitation if there is room or a separate reception card can be included to share this information with guests.

Last week we covered the ‘who’ questions that need to be answered in your wedding invitation text.  This week we cover the ‘when’ questions.

  1. When is your wedding ceremony taking place?  When listing the specific details, they should be listed in the order of day of the week, calendar date, year and time of day.  Here is an example:
    Saturday, the tenth of September
    Two thousand eleven
    at two o’clock in the afternoon
  2. When is your wedding reception taking place?  The ‘when’ details of your wedding reception will just list the specific time in a typical numeric format or simply the phrase ‘immediately following the ceremony’ since the day, date and year have already been included with your ceremony information.  The exception would be if your reception is being held on a separate date from your ceremony.  These reception details can be listed directly on your wedding invitation if there is room or a separate reception card can be included to share this information along with the location.

In next week’s post, we’ll cover the ‘where’ questions.

Last week we listed the specific questions that need to be answered with your wedding invitation text.  The first two questions deal with ‘who’…

  1. Who’s hosting the wedding?  The name(s) of whoever is paying for the wedding should be listed just before the line ‘invite you to share with us’ or ‘request the honour of your presence’, depending on how you choose to have it worded on your wedding invitations.  This may be you and your fiance or it may be one or both sets of parents.  It may also be both you and your parents combined meaning all of you should be listed as doing the inviting.
  2. Who’s getting married?  This may seem obvious but how will you and your fiances’ names be printed.  Only the first and middle names of the bride and groom need to be printed if their parents’ names will also appear revealing their last name.  For instance, if only the bride’s parents will be listed, she simply needs to list her first and middle name but the groom should include his last name since his parents names won’t be printed.  In some cases, it is chosen not to include middle names.

In next week’s post, we’ll cover the ‘when’ and ‘where’.

Wedding invitation text needs to include the who, when and where of your wedding details.

Here are the specific questions that need to be answered with your wedding invitations:

Who is hosting the wedding?

Who is getting married?

When is the wedding ceremony? (time, day of the week, calendar date and year)

Where is the wedding ceremony? (name of location and full physical address)

When is the wedding reception? (time)

Where is the wedding reception? (name of location and full physical address [if different than location of ceremony])

This is the first in a series of posts on wedding invitation text.  Future posts will cover each specific question in more detail.