The Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation


There has been quite a few couples asking about setting up their wedding invitations, they are concerned about their invitations being set up . I have received questions like, "what information do I need to add", "how do I set it up", or "do I need to add our parent's names on the invite", etc.

To make this task easier on our engaged couples, we have created an easy to use guide to serve as inspiration when deciding how to word your suite. Here you will find what each item of the invitation is and the different options you can use.

1 | HOST LINE

This is typically the line that denotes who is hosting or paying for the bulk of the wedding. Traditionally, this was the bride’s parents. However, it is increasing more common for couples to pay for their own weddings, or both the bride and groom's parents equally share the cost.

Here are some examples of wording for the host line

BRIDE’S PARENTS PAYING/HOSTING THE WEDDING

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smith request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Elizabeth Grace

To

Jason Phillip Stevens

BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM PARENTS HOSTING THE WEDDING

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smith and

Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens

request the pleasure of your company

as their children

Elizabeth Grace

and

Jason Phillip

unite in marriage

or

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Elizabeth Grace

To

Jason Phillip

son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens

COUPLE HOSTING

Together with their families ~ or ~Together with their parents

Bride and groom’s full names

Elizabeth Grace Smith

and

Jason Phillip Stevens

2 | REQUEST LINES

The request line usually indicates your invitation portion and lets your guest see if your wedding will be held at a house of worship or a secular location

Request the honor of your presence (religious ceremony)

Request the pleasure of your company (non-religious ceremony)

3 | BRIDE AND GROOM LINES

This is where the bride and groom names are list, traditionally the bride’s name goes first. The names should be listed as follow

Bride’s parents hosting

Bride’s first and middle name

Groom’s first, middle and last name

Both parents hosting

Bride’s first and middle name

Groom’s first and middle name

Bride and Groom hosting

Bride’s full name

Groom’s full name

4 | DATE AND TIME LINE

The day of the week usually precedes the date. Everything is written in full; numbers are not used. Time of day is spelled out using o’clock. If your wedding starts at the half hour, the time should be listed as half past xx o’clock. Five o’clock is considered afternoon, evening begins at six pm

5 | LOCATION LINES

The street address is not usually necessary, unless the event is taking place at a private home or an unlisted address. Should the street address be included, everything should be spelled out completely, do no use abbreviations. City and state should always be spelled out, zip codes are unnecessary.

6 | RECEPTION LINES

For Formal or traditional invitations include the reception information as a separate card. Otherwise and if space allows, reception information can be included on the invitation. If the ceremony and the reception take place at the same location, you can print, reception to follow, or reception immediately following.

I hope you found this helpful, if you have any other questions or if you need help with your invitations, let me know. I look forward to working with you.

Have a blessed day!

Marlene


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