As more brides and grooms opt to stretch the envelope (sometimes literally) to create unique wedding invitation designs, the necessary elements that should be included can be lost. Before your invitations go to print, reference this brief go-to guide to adhere to the fundamentals of traditional wedding invitations.
- …spell out full names except when using Mr., Mrs., Jr., etc. However, doctor should be spelled out. This not only applies to the invitation but the guest(s) name(s) on the envelope. Take the time to find out the name of each guest (including plus ones). Wouldn’t you feel more welcome if the invitation didn’t include “and guest” for your name?
- …include the bride’s name first. Always.
- …write out times, dates and years (e.g. five o’clock, September ninth). The year does not include the word “and” (e.g. two thousand fourteen).
- …use the phrase “half after” when referencing time versus “half past” or “five-thirty.”
- …capitalize the day of the week and month. The year is not capitalized.
- …include the phrase “request the honour of your presence” if the ceremony is taking place in a house of worship. Otherwise, use the phrase “request the pleasure of your company.”
- …include the bride’s last name if she has the same surname as her parents.
- …use periods at the end of a line.
- …capitalize the first letter of each line unless it is a proper noun (e.g. day of the week, names, etc.).
- …abbreviate cities, states and numbered streets.
- …mention “and family.” Write out all the names of the people you want to attend.
- …accompany your wedding invitations with gift registry information.
- …include details on attire. If necessary, “Black tie” may be written in the lower right corner on a reception invitation.
- …address invitations with labels. Envelopes should always be addressed by hand.