Invitation Wording Etiquette

These days, there is no single correct way of wording you wedding stationery. A lot of your decisions will be based on how formal or informal your day is, but following the traditional rules can help you to avoid offending anyone on your guest list. We've put together a guide to make sure all the needed information is communicated to your guests in the right way!


1. Host Line
Typically, you'll start with the names of those hosting the wedding, traditionally the bride's parents. These days, family situations and financial dynamics make this one of the more trickier parts of the invitation. We encourage you to discuss this with your family, and please feel free to ask us about what is the best wording for your situation.

2. Request Line
This is where you actually invite you guests to join you on your wedding day. This can be worded in a bunch of different ways which reflects the formality of your day. For example, for a very formal, black tie wedding, you could say "Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of..." but a more casual affair could be worded like "You are joyfully invited to celebrate the wedding of..."

3. Bride and Groom lines
You are the whole reason this event is happening, so make your names stand out! Again depending on the formality of your event, you can choose to include your full names, or just your first.

4. Date and Time
It is traditional to spell out numbers and capitalise proper nouns only, but using numerals is becoming more common. However, this doesn't necessarily mean it's more casual. To create a more formal free, omit "4 p.m." and use statements like "four o'clock in the afternoon".

5. Location
It is traditional not to include a street address when your ceremony is being held at houses of worship or well-known location. If you are using a street address for lesser known venues, numerals are accepted but no need to include a post code (which is only required for mailing).

6. Reception Line
If the ceremony and reception are in the same space, it is common to leave off a time, and add"Dinner and dancing to follow". However, if the reception is in a separate location to the ceremony, you may wish to word it "Reception to follow at 6 o'clock in the evening at..."

7. RSVP Line (or card)
You can include a RSVP date on your main invitation, but we encourage you to include a separate card, which can be mailed back to you, which your guests can fill out with their details, such as guest name/s, attending/not attending, special dietary requirements, and any other questions you may have in regards to accommodation, transport or even a DJ song request!

8. Dress Code
Giving your guests a dress code is a very simple way of expressing the type of wedding you are having and conveying how formal or informal it is going to be. The most commonly used dress codes from least to more formal are:
Casual  •  Smart casual  •  Lounge suit  •  Cocktail  •  Formal  •  Black tie