Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette - Zola Expert Wedding Advice (2023)

Your invitations set the first impression. In this guide, our experts lay out everything you need to know about proper wording for wedding invitations.

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The First Look ✨

  • What to include in your wedding invitation: all the critical information about your wedding, its tone and formality, and an indication of how guests should RSVP.
  • Wedding invitation wording etiquette: Everything from following general grammar rules to giving extra attention to the wording you use for names and titles.
  • Enclosure cards wording: what to include on RSVP, change the date, and details cards.

Your wedding invitations are an important piece of the planning puzzle. Not only are your invitations one of the first things your guests will see, touch, and feel when it comes to your wedding, but they do an important job of conveying critical information. For the sake of politeness and formality, as well as for clarity of your message, be sure to choose clear and appropriate wedding invitation wording.

Worried you’re not good with words, or you don’t know all the proper “rules” for wedding invitation wording? Follow our comprehensive guide, outlined below, to understand the ins and outs of wedding invitation wording and etiquette.

What to Include in Your Wedding Invitation

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The wedding invitation sets the theme for your wedding. When guests see a rustic invitation with informal wording, it lets them know that the event will be casual. When they see a classic wedding invitation with traditional wording, they will expect a formal event. Like your wedding, invitations can be as simple or as grandiose as you want as long as they accomplish the following jobs:

  • Tell guests the critical information about the wedding: who is getting married, the wedding date, and the wedding location.
  • Recognize the hosts of the wedding.
  • Convey the tone and formality of the wedding, including the dress code.
  • Indicate how guests should RSVP, if no response or other enclosure cards are included.
  • Recognize the couple’s parents, if they are not also the hosts. (Optional)

If you are writing your own invitations from scratch, follow these requirements line-by-line as you fill out this piece of your wedding stationery. Each section outlines what information should appear, and in what order, on a traditional wedding invite. Once you understand the various components of invitation wording, feel free to get creative with your own personal touches and style, using the language that feels right for you and your partner.

Essential Wedding Invitation Wording (Line-by-Line)

1. Host Line

Located at the very top of the invitation, the host line is where the name(s) of the event hosts appear. The hosts are typically the people who are paying for the wedding. Depending on who’s hosting, the wording will vary slightly: it could be one set of parents, both sets of parents, the couple and their parents together, or just the couple. Jump down to the Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette section for guidance on how to format names in your invitation.

Host Line Etiquette

  • Capitalize proper names and titles.
  • Don’t use punctuation, except after courtesy titles.

2. Request Line

The request line is where you'd invite your guests to join your wedding celebration! Traditionally, couples would include formal wording in the request line to denote a formal religious ceremony, whereas modern celebrations tend to use more casual language in their invitation.

Request Etiquette

  • Include the British spelling of "honour" to denote a more formal tone to your wedding day (“request the honour of your presence”)
  • Opt for more casual language if you're planning a non-religious service or more casual wedding ceremony. Common wording options include "invite you to join," "please join us to celebrate," and "love the pleasure of your company."

3. Couple’s Names

Make sure you and your partner’s names are front and center. They may be placed high, low, or center depending on your invitation design, but make sure they are clearly legible. For heterosexual couples, the bride’s name traditionally comes before the groom’s. For same-sex couples, the wording of the host line may dictate who’s name comes first (i.e., if one set of parents is hosting, their names will come first and their child’s should follow). If you are hosting yourselves, then it’s up to you which name comes first.

Name Etiquette

  • Capitalize proper names and titles.
  • Don’t use punctuation, except after courtesy titles.
  • Avoid abbreviations; in general, spell everything out except courtesy titles.
  • Don’t spell out courtesy titles, except for “Doctor” in the case of medical doctors.
  • Consider using both partners’ full legal names. If you prefer to go by a nickname, use it on the save the date or other, less formal pieces of the invitation suite.
  • Drop the bride’s and/or groom’s middle names if they become too long to fit on one line.

4. Ceremony Information (Date, Time, and Location)

Don’t make your guests guess. Include everything they need to show up at the right place at the right time. The real meat of the invitations, the information section follows the couple’s names. It states the date of the wedding, where the ceremony and reception are taking place, and the start time. Include the address of the wedding venue(s), unless your invitation design doesn’t allow room. You can also include information on dress code and how guests should RSVP (a wedding website, an email, and/or phone number, and an RSVP deadline) if you forgo a response card.

Information Etiquette

  • Spell out the date and year for formal invitations so that guests do not transpose numbers.
  • Spell out time for formal invitations.
  • Don’t use a.m. or p.m. Instead use “in the morning”, “in the afternoon”, or “in the evening”.
  • Include the ceremony location, using the full address for a destination wedding or out-of-town guests.

5. Reception Details line

The party line comes at the end of the invitation and notifies guests of what’s scheduled to follow the wedding ceremony. Let your guests know what type of wedding reception they should expect, whether it’s dinner and dancing, a light luncheon, or cocktails and canapes.

Reception Details Line Etiquette

  • Include the reception location, if different than the ceremony, on a separate card for formal wedding invitations.

Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette and Examples

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Wedding invitations, and how they are worded, are a topic that makes people nervous. What if you accidentally misspell a word, or leave out critical info? Or, worse yet, what if you don’t know the proper “rules” and end up committing a social faux pas? Never fear—we’ve put together a list of wedding invitation wording etiquette and examples that will help you craft perfectly on-point invitations.

Note: We realize that every wedding is unique. You will have to decide as a couple what type of language feels right for your specific style. These etiquette “rules” are really more suggestions for the most traditional and formal invitation wording. If you are having an informal wedding, and/or prefer a more modern approach to your invitation design, then do whatever works for you and your style.

Hosted By One Set of Parents

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Traditionally, the bride's family hosted and paid for the wedding. While that is still common, the groom’s family or even other loved ones may host the event. In all of these cases, it is a nice gesture to include their names on the invitation.

  • Include your parents’ full names with middle names (for very formal invites).
  • Avoid using initials.
  • Write "and" to join the two names if the parents have different last names.

Formal Invitation Example

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Lively
invite you to share in the joy
of marriage uniting their daughter
Blake Ellender
to
Ryan Rodney
Saturday, the ninth of September
two-thousand twelve
at noon
Boone Hall
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Dinner and merriment to follow

Casual Invitation Example

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Simon Peter Blunt
invite you to the marriage of
Emily Olivia Leah
and
John Burke
July 10, 2010
at half past six in the evening
Via Regina Teodolinda, 35
Como, Italy
Food, wine, and merriment to follow

Hosted By Both Sets of Parents

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Weddings are beautiful celebrations of unity and what better way to demonstrate that unification than both sets of parents hosting the big day. If you are fortunate to have both families host your wedding, configuring all of the names on the invitation may be tricky.

  • List the bride’s parents’ names first if you are a different-sex couple.
  • List parents’ names in alphabetical order if you are a same-sex couple.

Formal Invitation Example

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Adams
and
Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Victoria Caroline
to
David Robert Joseph
Saturday, the fourth of July
Nineteen ninety-nine
at half past seven in the evening
Luttrellstown Castle
Clonsilla, Ireland
Reception to follow.

Casual Invitation Example

With great pleasure
Kimberly and Jonathan Biel
and Lynn Bomar Harless and Randall Timberlake
invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children
Jessica and Justin
October 19, 2012
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Borgo Egnazia Resort
72015 Savelletri di Fasano BR, Italy
Dress as you wish, dine as you like, dance as you please

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Hosted By the Couple

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For modern couples, the tradition of parents hosting a wedding is often skipped. Whether the couple has unique ideas for their wedding, wants to keep it small, or don’t have parents with us anymore, hosting your own wedding is a wonderful thing.

  • To save space you can skip the host line or you can start the wording with a welcoming introduction.

Formal Invitation Example

Amal Alamuddin
and
George Timothy Clooney
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, 27 September 2014
at noon
Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy
Festivities to follow

Casual Invitation Example

Miss Beyonce Knowles
and
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter
are getting married
Friday, April 4th, 2018
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Join us for dinner and drinks

Hosted By Divorced Parents

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To include divorced parents on the invitation—either for the bride or the groom—include the mother’s name first followed by the father’s name on a separate line without an “and” separating them.

  • For divorced mothers who are not remarried, use the courtesy title “Ms.” followed by whichever last name she prefers (maiden or married).
  • To include stepparents on the invitation—for either the bride or the groom list the mother and stepfather’s names first, followed by the father and stepmother’s names.
  • List the mother first regardless if the father is remarried and the mother is not.
  • The bride should consider including her last name if multiple sets of parents, with different last names, come before her on the invitation.

Formal Invitation Example

Mr. Angiolo Guiseppe and Ms. Elettra Rossellini
invite you to share in the joy
of marriage uniting their son
Roberto Rossellini
to
Ingrid Bergman
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of May
nineteen fifty
at noon
Hotel Boca Chica, Acapulco, Mexico
Dinner and merriment to follow

Casual Invitation Example

Ms. Pamela Jacobsen
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jacobsen
invite you to share in their wedding festivities
at the marriage of their daughter
Jordan
to
Paige
Saturday, the tenth of April
two thousand and twenty one
at half past six in the evening
Hotel Chantelle
New York City, NY
Dress as you wish, dine as you like, dance as you please

Hosted By Parent, Including Deceased Parent

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Weddings are emotional events especially when a parent isn't there to witness it. If you want to honor a deceased parent on your invitations include them in the host line or after the bride or groom's name.

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  • Use the phrase “the late” preceding his or her name.

Formal Invitation Example

Mrs. and Mr. Michael Francis Middleton
request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales
Friday, the twenty-ninth of April
two thousand and eleven
at eleven o’clock in the morning
at Westminster Abbey – 20, Deans Yard
London, England
Reception to follow

Casual Invitation Example

Together with their families
Malaak Compton
daughter of Gerald and Louisa Compton
and
Christopher Rock
son of the late Julius Rock and Rosalie Rock
invite you to share in their wedding festivities
November 23, 1996
at eight o’clock in the evening
The Estate at Florentine Gardens
97 Rivervale Road
River Vale, New Jersey
Dinner reception to follow

Hosted By Same-Sex Parents

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If your parents identify as the same sex here are a few ways to best honor them on your invitation.

  • To include the names of two parents with different last names, use the courtesy title “Mr.” “Mrs.” or “Mx.” and list their names in alphabetical order by last name.
  • To include the names of two parents with the same last name, use the courtesy title “Mr.” “Mrs.” or “Mx.” and list their names in alphabetical order by first name.

Formal Invitation Example

Mr. Michael and Mr. Sean Flannigan
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Julie Marie
to
Stephen Anthony
Saturday, the tenth of April
two thousand and twenty one
at half past six in the evening
Hotel Chantelle
New York City, NY
Reception to follow

Casual Invitation Example

Ms. Jane and Ms. Courtney Lowe
invite you to attend the marriage
of their daughter
Madison
to
Colton
Saturday, April 10th, 2021
at half past six in the evening
Allan House
1104 San Antonio Street
New York City, NY
Party to follow

Enclosure Cards Wording

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Once you have your bases covered on your invitation, feel free to include enclosure cards to inform your guests about details. Your cards could include reception details, RSVP information, or anything else that wouldn’t fit on the invitation.

RSVP Cards

RSVP cards are great tools for getting an accurate headcount for your big day. Make sure to include a reply-by date that occurs at least three weeks before the wedding. This will allow you to give a final headcount to the caterer and fill out your seating chart. On the RSVP card include specific instructions about how they should respond. If you expect them to be mailed back to you, it is courteous to include a stamped envelope. If you would like guests to RSVP online, include the URL to the wedding website on the card. If you have meal choices for your reception, the RSVP card is a great way to collect your guests’ preferences.

Change the Date Cards

Due to the ever-changing social distancing guidelines in response to COVID-19, changing a wedding date has become a reality for couples all over the world. If you had to make the difficult decision to postpone your wedding day, include a change of date card with information about the new date and time along with social distancing details. These will help keep your guest informed during these confusing times.

Details Card

If you run out of space on your invitation but need to mention details about accommodations, directions, or attire, a details card is the perfect place for overflow. These are especially important if the reception is held at a different location than the ceremony.

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FAQs

What is the proper wording on a wedding invitation? ›

Formal Greetings and Phrases
  • The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of _____
  • _____ request the honor of your presence at the marriage of _____
  • _____ invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children _____
  • Together with their parents you are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of _____
12 Sept 2022

What is proper etiquette for wedding RSVP? ›

Wedding RSVP Etiquette for How to Fill Out a Response Card
  1. Include full names. ...
  2. Write legibly. ...
  3. Don't include the names of uninvited guests. ...
  4. If filling out entrée options, write down the initials of each guest next to the option they want. ...
  5. Send out the RSVP card ASAP.
10 Dec 2021

What does the M mean on a wedding RSVP? ›

Many response cards will include an "M" followed immediately by a line. In keeping with more formal wedding tradition, the line is here as a way to kickstart your reply. The "M" stands for the first letter of the title you prefer to go by, be it Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss.

What is an example of a formal phrase for inviting someone? ›

Formal invitation wording often incorporates phrases such as: The honor of your presence is requested… [YOUR COMPANY] requests the pleasure of your company… You are cordially invited to…

How do you write family names on a wedding invitation? ›

Option 1: If your closest set of relatives have different surnames, you would want to add their full names. Tip: Avoid addressing them as Mrs. Sarita & Mr. Ashok Kalra to keep the list looking uncluttered.

Do you put the husband or wife's name first? ›

NOTE: Traditionally, a woman's name preceded a man's on an envelope address, and his first and surname were not separated (Jane and John Kelly). Nowadays, the order of the names—whether his name or hers comes first—does not matter and either way is acceptable.

What do you do when no one RSVPs on your invitation? ›

So, what should you do when people don't respond to your invite? According to Emily Post, the answer is a simple one. If a guest has not RSVP'd by the deadline, it's the host's duty to pick up the phone, call the guest and ask whether or not they will be attending.

What percentage of wedding guests RSVP? ›

On average, between 15 and 20 percent of guests will RSVP "no" to a wedding.

How far in advance should wedding guests RSVP? ›

Assuming you've sent your invitations out in time (at least six to eight weeks before your wedding), then give your guests four or five weeks to RSVP. This is plenty of time for people to figure out if they want/are able to attend your wedding, as well as figure out any necessary travel arrangements.

What percentage of wedding guests actually attend? ›

“A general overall percentage between 75-85 percent of wedding guests usually attend.” The breakdown: 85 percent of local guests, 55 percent of out-of-town guests, and 35 percent of destination wedding guests will show up, Buckley said.

Is it rude to ask for plus one? ›

Wedding planner Jamie Chang, who teaches couples to mostly plan weddings on their own, tells Bustle essentially the same: that it is pretty much always rude to ask for a plus one when you weren't given one to start. "The couple has worked hard to create their guest list based on their budget and wedding," Chang says.

How many wedding guests is normal? ›

According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, the average wedding size in 2021 was 105 guests. This is a major increase from the 2020 figure of just 66 guests, though lower than 2019's average guest count of 131 people.

What are the phrases of invitation? ›

Here are some examples of invitation wording to get you thinking more creatively.
  • We request the honor of your presence… ...
  • We request the pleasure of your company…
  • Together with our parents, we invite you…
  • We ask you to be present with us at the ceremony uniting…
  • We invite you to share with us a celebration of love…

What are expressions commonly used for invitation? ›

Invitation Phrases to Use
  • "Do you want" + infinitive verb? Do you want to have a drink with me?
  • "Why don't we" + verb? Why don't we go out for dinner?
  • "Let's" + verb. Let's go away this weekend.
  • "How about" + verb -ing? How about going to a movie?
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What is the sentences structure of inviting people? ›

Inviting. Invitations are often structured into three parts: asking the person if they're free, saying what the event is, then inviting the person to attend.

How do you address a wedding invitation to an entire family? ›

When inviting an entire family, the family name or the parents' names should be listed alone, and everyone can be included on the inside. When including female children under the age of 18, address them with a Miss.

Do you put both parents names on wedding invitation? ›

Solution: Traditionally, only the parents' names appear on the invitation. But if you would like to include your stepparents, it's perfectly acceptable to list them. Place your mother (and her husband, if she's remarried) first, and include your last name.

Which parents name goes first on a wedding invitation? ›

Tradition dictates that the bride's name always comes first, whether on Save the Date cards, wedding invitations or anything else. This is because the bride's parents are usually the hosts, paying a greater share of the expenses.

Why is the woman's name first on a wedding invitation? ›

Traditionally, the bride's name goes first on wedding invitations. This is because historically, the bride's family has been expected to host and pay for the wedding ceremony. In modern times, couples have more freedom and flexibility regarding this matter.

Do you write Mr. and Mrs on a wedding card? ›

Unsure of how the couple will be handling last names? There's an easy workaround: Address the envelope with “To the newlyweds,” “To the Mr. and Mrs.,” “To the Mr. and Mr.,” or “To the Mrs.

Do you put Dr on wedding invitation? ›

When addressing a wedding invitation to a doctor, proper etiquette dictates that the spouse with the professional title is listed first. This means that you will write "Dr. and Mrs." or "Dr. and Mr."

Is online RSVP tacky? ›

I wouldn't call online RSVPs tacky, but I do think the decision of whether or not to take the online or paper route depends on how formal your wedding is planned to be and who's on your guest list. If you are planning a very traditional wedding, online RSVPs might be a little too casual.

Is it rude to RSVP and not show up? ›

Give notice. If you RSVP “yes” but then can't attend for whatever reason -- lame or legitimate -- send your regrets as soon as possible. Don't leave the host to wonder what happened. Don't be a coward.

Is it rude to show up without RSVP? ›

It is perfectly polite, however, for hosts to call friends to ask if they plan to attend. In fact, if you want an accurate headcount, you have no choice but to call those who haven't responded and ask whether they plan to come to your event or celebration. Yes, it's an awkward conversation. Be friendly, not accusatory.

What is the average size of a wedding in 2022? ›

In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.

What is the average decline rate for a wedding? ›

On average, 83 percent of guests indicated that they were coming to our users' weddings while 17 percent of invitees declined their invitation. In other words, if you have a 100-person guest list, you can expect 83 guests on your big day and 17 people to decline.

Should you invite more than capacity to a wedding? ›

Consider inviting approximately 10% more guests than your target number, since between 10% and 20% of those invited will decline.

Is 3 months too early to send out wedding invitations? ›

The general rule of thumb is to send invitations 8 to 12 weeks before the date (2 to 3 months out). You can set a date on the card for guests to RSVP by so that you can get a headcount, but prepare for some guests to fail to meet that deadline.

Does the bride fill out the RSVP card? ›

And remember, if you can't attend the wedding, it's important you still fill out the RSVP card, with your names and indicate you cannot attend. If you don't send your RSVP card back, you can expect a stressed out bride or groom reaching out.

When should you remind guests to RSVP? ›

So about two weeks before the deadline, you can begin sending out reminders. Just make sure you're not sending this to everyone on the guest list. Avoid messaging anyone who has already submitted a response. You can be gentle and kind while still firmly asking for the RSVPs by a certain date.

Is 150 guests a big wedding? ›

These numbers may vary a little depending on who you're speaking with, but a small wedding typically includes 50 people or under, a medium wedding has a guest list of anywhere from 50-150 guests, and a large wedding has over 150 attendees.

Who gets a plus one at a wedding? ›

1. Married, Engaged and Cohabitating Guests Traditionally Receive a Plus-One. As a rule of thumb, Amber Harrison, the head of weddings at Shutterfly, says only married, engaged, and “serious” couples (say, they're living together or have been together for a year or more) receive a plus-one.

How many guests is considered a large wedding? ›

Mason considers 75 to 150 guests to be an “average” size wedding, and anything over 150 to be a “large” wedding. For weddings under 75, she breaks them down into three categories: Intimate wedding: Between 50 and 75 guests. Small wedding: Less than 50 guests.

How do you tell guests not to bring a guest? ›

1. Write your guest(s) names on the reply card yourself, leaving no room for them to add anyone else. 2. Add a section saying “We have reserved __ seat(s) in your honour”, and fill in this gap with the number of people you're inviting.

Is it rude to invite someone to a wedding without a guest? ›

It's just polite, even if you don't know one person as well as you know the other. Married and engaged couples should always be considered a package deal. Imagine how you'd feel if you weren't allowed to bring your other half to such an important event as a wedding.

Does the photographer count as a wedding guest? ›

Vendors such as the photographer, videographer, DJ, band, etc. are not included as guests.

What is the average cost of a wedding? ›

The average wedding in the UK in 2021 cost £17,300.

What's considered a small wedding? ›

Small weddings can range in size, but typically include around 20-80 people and are just as special — and potentially a lot less expensive — than a large celebration.

Would an invitation example? ›

Invitations
  • Would you like to come to dinner on Friday night?
  • Karen, would you like some cake?
  • Do you want to go for a coffee?
4 days ago

How do you invite someone to say a few words? ›

And now I request our honorable principal /manager (insert the name) to come on the stage and say a few words… Now I would like to call (insert the name) upon the stage to present a song/dance performance… Please, a big round of applause for our principal / manager sir…

How do you write a wedding invitation message? ›

Formal Greetings and Phrases
  1. The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of _____
  2. _____ request the honor of your presence at the marriage of _____
  3. _____ invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children _____
  4. Together with their parents you are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of _____
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How do you write an invitation text? ›

We cordially invite you to come celebrate our important day with us on (date) at (venue). We are glad and blessed to have bonded with people like you. Kindly grace us with your presence on our special day. We would love for you to join us for our dinner party hosted on (date).

What does RSVP abbreviation mean? ›

abbreviation. Britannica Dictionary definition of RSVP. please reply — used on invitations to ask the invited guests to indicate whether they will be able to attend. ◊ RSVP comes from the French phrase “répondez s'il vous plaît.” 2 RSVP /ˌɑɚˌɛsˌviːˈpiː/ verb.

Which one is expression of declining invitation? ›

You can say something like “Sorry I can't attend” or “I'm afraid I'm not able to come.” These expressions work equally well in spoken or written English so you could use them on the phone or in an email.

Which of the following is the informal way of inviting someone? ›

"Do you want to come to my wedding party?" is the informal expression of inviting someone.

What is invitation grammar? ›

noun. /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃn/ /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃn/ [countable] a spoken or written request to somebody to do something or to go somewhere. to issue/extend an invitation.

How do you invite a respected person? ›

Dear Sir and Madam, I cordially invite you to lunch at my house. The address is enclosed in the invitation. Please RSVP if you are bringing more than one person, Warm regards.

Do I have to put Mr and Mrs on wedding invitations? ›

Use Titles if You Wish

A title is a marker of respect and formality, but they are not appropriate for everyone. If applicable and what your guest would prefer, feel free to use Mr., Mrs., Ms., or otherwise for your guests.

Who name goes first in wedding invitations? ›

1. Bride's Name Goes First. Traditionally, it is the bride whose name goes first on wedding invitations, followed by the groom's name.

Why does the bride's name go first? ›

Tradition dictates that the bride's name always comes first, whether on Save the Date cards, wedding invitations or anything else. This is because the bride's parents are usually the hosts, paying a greater share of the expenses. This affords the bride's family the right to have their daughter's name first.

Do you put Dr on wedding invitation? ›

When addressing a wedding invitation to a doctor, proper etiquette dictates that the spouse with the professional title is listed first. This means that you will write "Dr. and Mrs." or "Dr. and Mr."

Is it OK to use labels to address wedding invitations? ›

The address on a wedding invitation should be handwritten; printed labels are not appropriate (though calligraphy done by computer directly on the envelope is gaining popularity and acceptability).

How do you address a divorced woman? ›

After a divorce, a woman might keep her married name. If this is the case, then you can either use "Mrs." or "Ms." to address the guest and use her first name. If she is using her maiden name, then use "Ms." along with her first name and maiden name. Again, it's best to find out what she prefers to go by.

Do you write Mr and Mrs on a wedding card? ›

Unsure of how the couple will be handling last names? There's an easy workaround: Address the envelope with “To the newlyweds,” “To the Mr. and Mrs.,” “To the Mr. and Mr.,” or “To the Mrs.

Do you have to put parents names on wedding invitations? ›

Solution: Traditionally, only the parents' names appear on the invitation. But if you would like to include your stepparents, it's perfectly acceptable to list them. Place your mother (and her husband, if she's remarried) first, and include your last name.

Does the bride's name go first on wedding favors? ›

Today we see men getting more involved with planning and preparing the wedding day details. But when it comes right down to it, the bride is usually the one who invests the most time and energy into planning the perfect wedding. For this reason we say to all you brides, print your name first on your wedding favors.

How do you address a married couple with both first names? ›

To a Married Couple

Should you choose to include both persons' names, the outer envelope can be addressed as Mr. and Mrs. HIS FIRSTNAME LASTNAME. An alternate version includes both names as Mr.

Who goes first in wedding vows? ›

In a traditional wedding ceremony order, the vows are followed by the ring exchange. The groom usually goes first, though we invite you to be progressive. He puts the wedding band on the bride's finger while repeating a phrase like, “I give this ring as a sign of my love.” Then, it's the bride's turn.

How far ahead do you send wedding invitations? ›

It's best to send your wedding invitations around 4-5 months before your big day. It's expected that not everyone will RSVP (especially not on time) and sending your invitations too early may cause people to misplace your invite or simply, forget.

What should not be included in formal invitation? ›

Name of the organiser, sponsor or host in case of official invitation. Designation and address or the names of the chief guest or special invitees. Printed formal invitations do not include the recipient's name of salutation to the recipient.

What do you write on an invitation? ›

3. What details to include in your event invitation
  • Name of the person invited.
  • Title and description of the event.
  • Name of hosts and organisers.
  • Time and date it will take place.
  • Location and how to get there.
  • Dress code.
  • RSVP deadline.
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How do you write cordially invited? ›

In fact, formal party invitations sometimes use the phrase "you are cordially invited," which means you are happily encouraged to attend.

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