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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Inviting Guests

The wedding invitation is a multi-purpose tool—​conveying the bride and groom’s distinctive taste and officially communicating the important details of the event itself: when, where, what time, who is invited, who is hosting, formality and style.

Optional: Those you highly regard but probably cannot come due to logistics, etc, but you want to make sure they’re invited anyway.

    Send one invitation per:

  • Parents
  • Each attendant
  • Clergy/Officiate and spouse
  • Family with children under 18
  • Couple (married or living together)
  • Generally, each child 18 or older (still living at home)
  • Single guest
  • Significant other of single guest—​not living together

Formal or Traditional

Mr. and Mrs. James Mason
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Heidi Marie
to
Mr. John Neil Lincoln

Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand fourteen
at 6 o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Less Formal or Casual


We invite you to share in the joy
At the marriage of our daughter

Heidi Marie
to
Mr. John Neil Lincoln

Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand fourteen
at 6 o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Additional Tips

Use third-person wording

Be consistent with spelling
honour/favour vs. honor/favor

Use punctuation to separate
city/state, day/date, and Mr./Mrs.
Saturday, the twenty-third of July
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Use Roman numerals in names (instead of second or 2nd)
John Merril II

Avoid abbreviations

Spell out days, dates, and times
Saturday, the twenty-third of July
Two thousand and fourteen
at two o’clock

Spell out Titles
Doctor David Johnson
The Honorable Judy Jackson

Spell out Addresses
street, boulevard, avenue