Wording & Etiquette
Depending on the type of wedding, the wording on your invitations should match the form. For example, if you are having a traditional church wedding and formal dress is required, this should be reflected in the design and style of your invitation and formality of your wording. Less formal weddings can approach the design and wording with a more fun, relaxed and informal content.
What to include on the invite
The host, if there is one
The request line, e.g. "the pleasure of your company is requested..."
The bride and bridegroom
Day, date, month, year and time of the wedding
The ceremony venue name and town
Reception details, e.g. "Dinner and dancing until midnight"
The reception name and town, if different from ceremony address
Dress code, if there is one
RSVP requirement e.g. "12.06.2017 by post"
Whilst we don't impose a limit on the number of words for each stationery item, please consider that too much wording and lots of headings will cramp the design and make the font size too small to read.
Try to limit your wording as follows:
Invitation - 50-75 words
Details card - 200-250 words
Gift card - 50-75 words
Programme / Order of Service - 300-350 words per page
Table menu - 250-300 words
Guest menu - 150-200 words
Run through our quick checklist to avoid any embarrassing grammar or etiquette mistakes...
Only names, places, the day of the week and month are capitalised (not the year)
Start with a capital letter if it is the beginning of a new sentence and not at the start of each new line
Full stops should be omitted completely and only commas should be used for addresses
Your invitation should be written in the third person, e.g. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith request..."
Write out the time "two o’clock in the afternoon" instead of "2.00pm" if using a long form date
Make no mention of gift info, "no children", meal options or general day information on the invite
The RSVP date should be written in short form to ensure it isn't confused with the wedding date
Do not abbreviate titles other than for Jr., Mr., and Mrs. - Doctor should not be abbreviated
"Please RSVP by...." is essentially stating "please" twice, i.e. "please respond if you please" - Use "Kindly RSVP..."
The last name of the bride should be omitted if brides parents are hosting
Honour vs Pleasure
Invitations to religious wedding ceremonies typically use the more formal wording “request the honour of your presence,” whereas invitations to civil ceremonies are worded “request the pleasure of your company”.
Any other questions
If you have a specific scenario not covered here, or would like some other wording advice, just get in touch!