Invitation Wording Etiquette
Your wedding invitation not only gives the first impression of your special day but it sets the tone for your entire wedding.
A typical invitation usually includes the following elements: the host line, request line, bride and groom line, date and time lines, location line, and reception and R.S.V.P. lines. Although every invitation should have these lines, however, there are no hard and fast rules about their arrangement and wording, they can be done as you choose, to reflect the style of your wedding.
THE HOST LINE
The first line of the invitation typically starts with the names of the people hosting the wedding, traditionally the bride's parents. This is often the trickiest part of the wording process. In today's world of ever changing family structures and dynamics, it is best to follow the format that best fits your situation.
THE REQUEST LINE
Honour Vs Pleasure
"Request the honour of your presence" traditionally indicates that the ceremony will take place in a house of worship.
BRIDE AND GROOM LINES
The Bride and Groom's names should be on separate lines because they are the focal point of the event. The preposition linking the phrases, as "to" (American formatting) or "and" (Jewish formatting), which in this case are the bridal couples names goes on its own line. Traditionally, the bride's name is listed as only her first and middle names, without any title or surname. This usually works just fine if the bride's last name is her parent's. Professional title's or courtesy title's such as Miss or Ms are not used.
DATE AND TIME
You may omit using a.m. or p.m., or phrases such as "in the evening," or "in the afternoon" unless the wedding will be held at 8, 9, or 10 o'clock. Adding the year is not compulsory, but it is usually included for the invitation's keepsake value.
The final line of the wedding invitation should tell your guests where the ceremony will be held.
Traditionally, street addresses of churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship or well-known locations are not included, but this is less common lately. Commas are not used at the ends of lines, and the state is always spelled out.