Invitations can be a daunting task. Below we have a diagram with the basic breakdown of an invitation as well as some wording examples. These examples will help you decide what you would like to include on your invitations.
1. Host Line
The host of the wedding should be at the top of the invitation. This can be the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, both or the couple.
2. Request Line
There are several ways you can request your guest’s presence. See below for options.
3. Bride’s Name
The bride is traditionally listed first. If her parents are listed then only her first and middle name are required.
4. Groom’s Name
The groom is traditionally listed second. If his parents are listed then only his first and middle name are required.
5. Date & Time
For a classic invitation spell out the month, date and time. If your wedding is a more modern occasion it is ok to use numbers and shorthand.
List the name and address of your ceremony.
You can choose to include your reception on the invitation or include a small enclosure card also known as a reception card. If the ceremony and reception are at the same venue then you don’t need to include the address, this is when “reception to follow” can be used.
WHERE IS YOUR CEREMONY?
Your reception details can be listed on the main invitation. Keep in mind this can cause the invitation to become crowded, and space may be limited on certain invitation designs. Another alternative is to include the reception details on a seperate small enclosure or “reception card”.
REQUEST LINE VARIATIONS
The following two examples can be used for any type of wedding:
BOTH PARENTS HOSTING