WEDDINGS

HOW TO: WORD YOUR WEDDING INVITES

Hello everyone!

Jenny here, of Hip Hip Hooray wedding & celebration stationery. I hope you’re enjoying all the excitement that comes with spring and the promise of summer being just around the corner; especially if this means that your wedding countdown has well and truly started! As always, I’m delighted to be back for my monthly BLOVED feature – this time we’re talking wedding invitation wording, which I know will be on lots of brides’ minds (and ‘to do’ lists!). Though it may seem a simple task, and hopefully for most of you it will be – it can also be a bit of a tricky task to navigate both in terms of trying to capture the right tone for your big day, and wording it respectfully enough to satisfy both yours (and often your families’) expectations.

Here are my top tips for getting your wording right without losing too much sleep over it:

WHO’S HOSTING?

Keep in mind that traditionally, whoever is hosting or paying for the wedding will have an impact on how your invitations are worded. So for example, if the Bride’s parents are paying for the wedding, you may want to start your invitations with;

Mr & Mrs Jonathan Askwith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Julia Claire

Please see this handy document for full examples of wedding invitation wording Invitation Wording Examples for different family and wording scenarios I’ve put together for you.

LADIES FIRST!

According to wedding etiquette through the years, the brides name would usually appear in front of the groom’s. However, it’s your big day so if it feels more natural to write it the other way around – anything goes!

GREAT GRAMMAR…

When it comes to punctuation, only use capital letters for the first letter of the first word as well as names, dates and titles. Words such as; on, at, to, and, request, invite, followed by, etc. should be written in lower case. Full stops are not usually used and commas are optional – but generally only used as part of addresses, dates and times.

ALWAYS PROOF IT

Check, double check and triple check design proofs from your wedding stationer. It’s always a good idea to have both your fiancé and a close family member or friend thoroughly look over your invitation wording before anything is printed. You’d be surprised at how often mistakes in key parts like your names or the word ‘marriage’ go unnoticed, because it’s tempting to focus more on the wedding details such as the date and time.

If you’re asking for monetary contributions, store vouchers or have set up a gift list and what to let your guests know the details – the most polite way is to enclose a separate card in with your invitations as opposed to incorporating it into the main invite.

NOT INVITING CHILDREN?

Address your invitations to each guest by name, and your friends and family should understand that the invitation is intended only for those mentioned. If you receive some RSVPs back and find that some reply with their children’s names too – perhaps just give them a call and explain that for various reasons you’re choosing to have an adults-only wedding and that you hope they can still celebrate with you.

RSVP

If you’re wondering when you should be asking guests to reply by, we would recommend no later than a month before the big day. This should then give you enough time to sort out your seating plan, any menu alterations and the finer details. It’s also a great idea to allocate each recipient (or household) a number and write it faintly in pencil on the reverse of the RSVP card. That way if any reply cards come back unnamed, you can easily trace them.

DRESS TO IMPRESS

If you’d like to tell guests about a dress code, it’s a good idea to place this at the bottom of your invitations or alternatively on an additional information enclosure card. A simple line such as ‘Dress Code: Formal’ should suffice.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

When it comes to weddings, there are lots of logistics both for you and the guests. If you need to tell guests about things like accommodation, transport, parking, the rehearsal dinner and your contact information – why not put all this on an additional information card and enclose it with your invitations? Not only will this be informative but visually, a nicely designed enclosure card can complete your invitation suite. Alternatively, if you’re looking to cut costs, you could instead put all the details on a wedding website (there are some great free ones available) and direct people to your web address via the invitations.

Don’t forget to check out my examples of wedding invitation wording here.

Please feel welcome to leave a comment or find us on Facebook if you have any more specific questions or dilemmas you’d like to ask me, I’d be happy to help!

Until next time…

Jenny x

Jenny

Jenny

I’m Jenny, co-founder & Creative Director at Hip Hip Hooray and mummy to two beautiful girls. I’ve always been a crafter at heart with a love for all things bright, fun & fresh.

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