Wedding invitations may just prove the single most challenging aspect of the planning process. You collect names and addresses, make sure you send out at the perfect time, and await responses. With so many ways to say “you’re invited,” the wedding invitation etiquette process is often overwhelming. When it comes to invitation etiquette tips, PAPYRUS has mastered the art. Here are a few ideas to make sure you’ll pass even Emily Post’s standards:

What to Include on a Wedding Invitation:

  • Names of the couple
  • Names of the hosts (parents of the bride, parents of the groom, etc.)
  • Ceremony date and time (including day of the week)
  • Ceremony location
  • Any reception information
  • Reply information (for a rough headcount to provide the caterer)

Other Tips and Tricks for Wedding Invitation Etiquette: 

  • Know when to send out wedding invitations. Send out invitations six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. Consider giving as much as three months if you’re planning a destination affair.
  • Consider a save the date. If you’re doing save the dates, send them out as much as six to eight months before the wedding.
  • Spell it out. Especially with formal invitations, avoid abbreviations, including street, avenue, the time, and date. (Though you can abbreviate Mr. and Mrs.)
  • Double- and triple-check those invitations. It’s a good idea to have several pairs of eyes on your invitations before you order. Proof the invites for correct spellings, times, and locations.

Below are some sample PAPYRUS invitations to offer you inspiration for wording, layout, and design.

Examples of Wording:

Formal Wedding with Church Ceremony

(Hosted by Bride’s Parents)

Mr. and Mrs. James Evans
Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Victoria Anne
to
Steven Michael Davis
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
First Congregational Church
New York, New York

(Hosted by both sets of parents)

Mr. and Mrs. James Evans
and
Mr. and Mrs.
Christopher Davis
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Victoria Anne
And
Steven Michael
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
First Congregational Church
New York, New York

Formal Weddings with Non-Religious Ceremony

(Hosted by Bride’s Parents)

Mr. and Mrs. James Evans
Request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of their daughter
Victoria Anne
To
Steven Michael Davis
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Japanese Gardens
San Francisco, California

Non-Traditional or Less Formal Weddings

(Hosted by couple and their parents)

Together with their families
Victoria Anne Evans
&
Steven Michael Davis
Invite you to share in their joy
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Japanese Gardens
San Francisco, California

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