Writing a wedding invitation may seem like a simple task but it can actually prove to be quite a daunting when you have to use unfamiliar formal language and rules of etiquette to ensure you give the write tone to your big day. Read on to find out just what to include and to discover some possible styles.
Hosting: Firstly write who is hosting (paying) for the wedding. Traditionally the brides parents. If it is you, the couple, who are hosting then it should be you.
Request: Here you need to request your guests attendance
The Couple: Next list the couple, traditionally the bride is listed first.
Date & Time: The date and time of the wedding
The Location: Give the address of the location
Reception: Give the address if necessary and the time of your reception
RSVP or Reply Card: Request that the guest RSVP by writing this at the bottom or alternatively send a reply card with invitation to get a quicker response time.
If you feel that your guests need more information than the standard wedding invite will allow. It is possible to add extra information to the invitation.
Perhaps you’d like them to know about what to wear. In this case you could use wording like black tie, semi-formal, cocktail attire, festive attire, creative black tie, white tie, black tie optional, dressy casual, informal or fancy dress could apply.
If you do not wish to have children at the reception then add the wording ’adult reception’ Something to bear in mind when writing your wedding invitation is it isn’t good etiquette to include information about gifts, your gift register or cash as gifts.
In today’s world of extended families writing a wedding invitation can be more complicated. Here are some examples you may need to reference.
If the child of divorced and remarried parents both hosting the wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Christoffer Eriksson and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Green
request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Anne Marie
When the bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves, the wording should read:
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Anne Catherine Myers and Theodore Joseph Johnson Formal Response Card Wordings Some still prefer to not include response cards; Miss Manners even calls them horrid. A compromise for a formal wedding is to use a simple small card that says “The favor of a reply is requested by June 16, 2006.” or “We look forward to hearing from you.” Most people will either write a note on their personal stationery, or use the card itself to send back a note. A few will call or email you, and that will be okay in the end.