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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

Additional Tips

  • Use third-person wording
  • Be consistent with spelling (ex. honour/favour vs. honor/favor)
  • Spell out doctor and military titles, e.g., Doctor David Johnson
  • Use Roman numerals in names instead of second or 2nd
  • Use punctuation to separate city/state, day/date, and Mr./Mrs.
  • Spell out all days, dates, and times (ex. Saturday, the twenty-third of July, Two thousand and fourteen at two o’clock)
  • Avoid abbreviations; spell out street, boulevard, avenue, etc.

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