Proper Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Proper wedding invitation etiquette is so very important. There are several things you need to consider when preparing your wedding invitation. Is this your first or second marriage, have either of your parents remarried. Remember there are a lot of different spelling and wording conventions that will apply when choosing your invitation. MyGabsby says, there aren’t any punctuations used except after courtesy titles (such as Mr. and Dr.) Remember that Capital letters are treated like sentences, and are most often only capitalized as you would read wording like a sentence (not at the beginning of each line). Proper names and courtesy titles are also capitalized, and numbers in the date are spelled out and follow the day (Saturday, the second of July). The Year can or need not be used, but if you want to include it, be sure to spell it out (Two thousand and Seven). Always spell out times and refer to the placement of hands on a clock. Such as the example below:

1. Half after two or half past two (not 2:30 p.m.)
2. Three o’clock in the afternoon (not 3:00 p.m.)
3. Seven o’clock in the evening.

If the ceremony is at a well known location, you needn’t include the address:

The CNN World Center
Atlanta, GA

but for smaller Venues, or your home, you’d want to write out the address.

Marriott Courtyard
300 Cumberland Blvd. S.E.
Atlanta, GA

If your ceremony is at a place of worship, then the line should read as follows:

Request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Note the formal British spelling of the word “honor.” The word daughter is used as an example and should be the gender of the person whose parents are hosting. If, on the other hand your ceremony is at home or other secular location, then the line should read:

Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Etiquette says that the bride should be listed first, using first and middle names only. Then the groom should be listed, using both title and middle name.
The most important thing of all to remember is, formal invitations are usually written in third-person. For example, “Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Johnson” instead of “We.
There are some samples below that can assist you in preparing your invitation.

The typical wedding invitation will read as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Allen Johnson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Lynette Symone

Mr. David Anthony Williams
on Saturday, the twenty-third of March
at one o’clock in the afternoon
Our Lady of Perpetual Hope
Dayton, Ohio

If the mother of the bride has remarried, and the bride wishes to include her stepfather on the invitation, the following wording is used (this wording assumes that the mother uses her new husband’s name):

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Ethan Thompson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Lauren Mary Willingham

If you follow these keys steps you’ll compose an invitation that you can be proud of.

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Filed under: Invitations — brenda at 11:58 am on Tuesday, November 20, 2007