ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE ON A WEDDING INVITATION
Request to attend
The couple’s names
Date and time
The hosts names are typically indicated on the first line of the invitation wording. Usually the parents host the wedding, however it's common for the couple to host it themselves.
IF THE BRIDE'S PARENTS ARE HOSTING
If the bride's parents are hosting, you would leave off the bride's last name (unless she has a different last name to her parents, in which case her full name should be used).
Request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mr. Patrick Ethan Kennedy
Saturday the thirtieth of March
Two thousand twenty four
At four o'clock in the afternoon
IF BOTH PARENTS ARE HOSTING
Together with Eliza and Brian Purcell
Invite you to join them at the marriage of their children
and Oliver Ryan
Saturday the fourth of April
Two thousand twenty four
IF THE COUPLE ARE HOSTING
Together with their families...
We invite you to be with us as we begin our new life together...
With full hearts...
Skip host line and list couples names, followed by request line
THE REQUEST LINE
Invite you to celebrate the love and marriage of
Joyfully request your company at the love and marriage of
THE COUPLES NAMES
Typically the brides name will appear first, followed by the groom. For same-sex couples, the order of names can be a matter of preference in terms of what sounds better.
DATE AND TIME
If you want your invitation to reflect a formal wedding, the date and time would be written out in full. Including the day of the week is optional, however we recommend including this if it is a mid-week wedding as guests may need to make extra arrangements.
For formal weddings, the time is spelled out 'three thirty in the afternoon'. For an informal wedding you would use numerals.
The street address, city and state should be included, however you may omit the street address if you are including an additional card with more detailed information about the venue. Postal/zip codes should not be included on the invitation.
The reception details can be included on the invitation if there is room. Alternatively this could be included on the enclosure card. Following the ceremony location you might include:
Reception to follow
And afterwards at a reception
Reception immediately following
Followed by a night of celebrations
Dinner, dancing and celebrations to follow
Followed by a night under the stars
Dont forget to include the dress code on your invitations, your guests will want to know!