Wedding invitation wording – what to include
It may seem obvious, but here’s what information you need to include in your wedding invitation wording. In the next posts we’ll discuss what other items you might need in terms of stationery for your wedding.
Invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, so you should probably start researching and organising them at least 3 months before – many brides will start investigating wedding stationery way earlier than that – well, it is fun! It’s easy to get inspiration from magazines and of course on the internet. For most brides, it’s a whole new area to explore and they will be eager to compare styles and prices and look for something that appeals. Naturally, each person’s style and theme is very individual, so the range of designs is huge – but all wedding invitations must contain some basic essential information.
The way in which the invitation begins depends on who is actually issuing the invitation – it can be the bride’s parents, both sets of parents or the couple themselves – for actual wedding invitation wording suggestions click here (this is a link to a document on our Information page). Obviously, the main information is whose wedding it is, and of course when and where the ceremony is to take place.
Most ceremonies are followed by a reception, so the venue for this will also be included on the invitations. If both are at the same place, all you need is a line that says “with a reception to follow”, with an indication of the starting time.
Dress code is optional but would be included near the bottom, and lastly a date by which the RSVP is requested – sometimes the RSVP details can appear at the bottom of the invitation too: this may be a street address, phone number or email – or all three. Many people prefer to have a separate card for the responses and we will discuss this in the next post.
These are the basic things to include in your wedding invitation wording - also do not forget that there may be an additional cost if you opt to have your guests’ names printed on the invitation and/or their addresses printed on the envelopes, but this can really enhance the look of the whole thing and make it look very professional. The tone can range from warm and friendly for relaxed, intimate weddings to very formal for those which are going to be grand affairs!