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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

When it comes to wedding invitations and their accompaniments, what to say and how to say it has left many couples wringing their hands in bewilderment. But the process doesn't need to be stressful or complicated. Each piece in your wedding invitation suite is designed to communicate a specific set of information to your guests. Our talented invitation designers will gladly help answer any wedding invitation etiquette questions you may have.



Here are some general Rules of Thumb:


  • The invitation should include:

    • Names of the bride and groom

    • Names of the hosts

    • Ceremony date, day of week, time and location


  • The names of the hosts should be listed at the top of the invitation.


  • Women who are widowed should be addressed according to their late husband's name, with "Mrs." as the title (i.e. Mrs. George Brown).


  • The phrase "request the honor of your presence" is typically reserved for a church or place of worship. You are welcome to spell it as either "honor" or "honour". Just make sure you match it on your reply card with "favor" or "favour."


  • If the wedding ceremony and reception are being hosted in the same location, there is no need for a reception card. At the bottom of the invitation, you can simply state "Reception to follow" or "Dinner and dancing to follow".


  • Throughout the wedding invitation suite, try not to use abbreviations. Traditionally, middle names, street information and state names are spelled out. If you do choose to list the date or any other information in a more casual manner, be consistent across all pieces of the invitation suite.


You've picked the design, now it's time to get the words down. Here's how to say it in

style, whatever your situation: