Invitation Etiquette

Invitation Etiquette


HOW TO WORD YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS.

Your invitation should spell out all the essential information – who’s hosting, where and when the ceremony takes place. There are traditional ways to word your invitations but the good news is you can have them say whatever you want! These modern times have allowed us to get creative.



HOSTING

Bride’s Parents (Married) Hosting

“Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…”

Bride’s Parents (Divorced) Hosting

“Ms. Anne Rogers and Mr. John Smith request…”

Bride’s Parents (Remarried) Hosting

“Ms. Anne Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request…”

*if it’s the groom’s parents hosting, it would say “request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their son ___ to ___” instead

Bride’s Parents (Widowed) Hosting

“Mrs. Anne Smith and the late Mr. John Smith request…”

 


Bride’s Parents Hosting with Mention of Groom’s Parents

“Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Melanie Smith to George Rodgers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Rodgers”

Both Side’s Parents Hosting

“Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and Mr. and Mrs. David Jones request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children…”

or

“Together with their parents, Melanie and John invite you…”

*can also include parents’ names in this one

Bride and Groom Hosting

“Together with their families, Melanie and John invite you…”

or

“Melanie and John request the pleasure of your company at their wedding…”



ASKING THEM TO JOIN

This is the part that has the wording asking them to join. Here are some situations for you:

Formal (usually in a place of worship)

“…request the honor of your company”

Formal 2

“…request the pleasure of your company”

Casual 1

“…invite your to share in the celebration of their wedding..”

Casual 2

“…joyfully invite you share in their happiness as they exchange vows..”



NAMES

You can write your names however you prefer! The options are:

Full Name: Anne Marie Rogers to John Mark Smith

First and Middle: Anne Marie to John Mark

First and Last: Anne Rogers to John Smith

First: Anne to JoIn

Or you can do any combination of these! Sometimes the bride wants first and middle with the groom’s full name (Anne Marie to John Mark Smith)



DATE & TIME

Simple:

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

At 6:00 in the evening

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

At 4:00 in the afternoon

Any :15, :30 or :45: “a quarter/half/three quarters past _ in the _”

Written Out

“Saturday, the fifth of May, two thousand nineteen at five o’clock in the evening”

Partial

“Saturday, the 5th of May, two thousand nineteen at 4:30pm”

Numbered

“Saturday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm”



LOCATION

Just the Venue

“The Resort at Pelican Hill”

(you would usually put the full address on the details card)

Venue + Address

“The Resort at Pelican Hill

1234 Newport Drive, Newport Beach, California 92112”



RECEPTION

“Dinner and dancing to follow”

“Reception to immediately follow”

“Party starts after”

“Cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow”

And again, there’s no “wrong” way to word your invitations these days. Make them as fun and casual or traditional as you want! It’s your wedding, so make it yours!!



PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Anne Marie Smith

to

George Mark Rogers

Saturday, the fifth of May, two thousand nineteen

at five o’clock in the evening

The Smith Estate

1234 Street Avenue, City, State 92312

Dinner and dancing to follow





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