Deciding how to word your wedding invite can be a daunting task.
Whether your personal style is formal or casual, I would like to guide you in the perfect way of saying it so you can do away with the guesswork.
All that is required is for you to spell out all the essential wedding information like who is hosting, who is getting married, where, when and what time the ceremony will take place.
There are so many different ways to invite guests to a wedding.
An invitation to attend an extremely special wedding event can be worded in countless ways to reflect the style and tone of the occasion as well as changing times.
Whatever you choose to do, it really important that you choose to stick with good wording etiquette that makes you feel good.
The trend is that there are certain necessary elements I would want to include in my wedding invitation card.
In case you are wondering how to word your wedding card, here is a checklist to ensure all the needed information is communicated to your guests.
To get you started here is a wedding invitation sample;
TOGETHER WITH THEIR FAMILIES
REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY
AT THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR UNION
SUNDAY, THE THIRTEENTH OF DECEMBER
TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN
AT TWELVE NOON
ARCTIC CLUB HOTEL
700 THIRD AVENUE
Dinner and dancing to follow
The host(s) always issues the wedding invitation(s). In the first line of the invitation, you start by showing the persons hosting the wedding. Modern weddings seem to have variations regarding who is hosting the wedding. Depending on who exactly is hosting, you might combine some of host lines and relationship lines. In this wedding invitation sample for instance, The host line is ‘Together with their families’ suggesting that the families, bride and groom are co-hosting the wedding. Traditionally, the hosts were the parents of the bride but today, anyone can host the wedding. Both parents from either side can be listed as hosts, or you can even host the wedding yourself in which case the wording is, ‘Christina and Paul invite you to…’
When it comes to spelling out names on the invitation, the name of the bride usually goes first. Middle names are optional especially when the names are too long. Avoid using a middle initial. Also, there are certain titles that should be abbreviated e.g. Mr. and Mrs., jr., Sr. and Ms. For each host that has a title other than Mr., Mrs., Ms., Sr., and Jr., spell out the title e.g. Doctor Karen Joseph and Mr. Michael Joseph.
The Invitation Line
This is where you invite your guests to come and witness the special day. On a more formal setting or where the ceremony is taking place in a place of worship, the words, ‘request the honor of your presence’ otherwise those of casual setting use ‘request the pleasure of your company’.
Information relating to the day, time and location is very crucial and should be clearly communicated to ensure your guests arrive on time without getting lost. The day of the week comes first, separated by a comma, and the spelled-out date of the month is next, followed by the year.
The Party Line
Guests go to weddings with great expectations. Here, you get to let them know what follows after the bri
de and groom are hitched. People will want to celebrate and share in the fun, so it’s good to let them know in advance. If there is a change of venue, it is a good time to let the guests know by stating something like, ‘Party to follow at 6 pm at Smothers’. ‘Dinner and dancing to follow’, ‘Reception to follow’, ‘Celebration and Dance to follow’ are some of the common phrases used. You can just say anything that lets your personality shine through. Don’t limit yourself.
This is an abbreviation of the French, ‘Repondez s’il vous plait’ meaning, please respond. It implies that responses should be sent to the return address on the lower left of the outer wedding invitation envelope. For alternative methods of sending replies like emails and phone numbers, add the information below the R.S.V.P as follows;
4210 Oak Lane
Essex Fells, New Jersey 07021