WORDING

 

When planning a formal wedding, event, or even a casual party, your invitations should inform your guests of everything they need to know about the occasion: who is hosting, guests of honor, time, date, location, and any other important details. Listed below are a few general guidelines to consider for preparing an invitation followed by some complete invitation wording examples.

 

THE INVITATIONAL LINE

 

NAMES AND TITLES

how should Mr. and Mrs. be written out ex) MOB w/ maiden name

 

TIME AND DATE

 

DRESS CODE

By traditional standards, “Black tie” is the only dress code that should be included on an invitation, and can be added in the lower right-hand corner of the main invitation or reception card. “Black tie preferred” is an alternative option for a formal wedding reception or party that stops short of setting absolute requirements for attire. Special attention should be paid to any venues that have jacket and tie requirement for men.

 

RELIGIOUS CONSIDERATIONS

Invitations to wedding ceremonies that take place in a house of worship should begin with "The honor of your presence". For other locations, "The pleasure of your company" is used. For consistency, invitations that use the British spelling of "honour" should also use "the favour of your reply" on reply cards.

The "Joining word" of an invitation links the names of the couple getting married.  "and" traditionally used for Jewish ceremonies, "to"