Invitation basics: writing a wedding invitation

Wedding invitation is inevitable part of each wedding process. It’s usually the first step in sharing the most beautiful moment in your life with your family and friends. On the other hand, invitation represents the couples’ personal style. There are many things that need to be taking into account: writing style, font type, printing technique, design and choice of colors… details that can tell your guests what kind of wedding they can expect and what you really are as a couple.

But when it comes to writing a wedding invitation, many couple feels insecure because they don’t want to make the wrong impression.

Here are some basic advices you should take into account when compiling your wedding invitation.


In the past, couples’ parents were signed as wedding reception hosts mostly because they were covering all wedding expenses. This custom is highly appreciated even today in Western countries. However, most couples today are personally inviting their guest thus highlighting their names only.


We would be honored to have you… We invite you to join us… to be our guests.. Is the part of the text where the guest is being invited to the wedding (ceremony, reception). The official invitation line should reveal information about wedding location. Although it may sound too formal, this sentence construction will emphasize the importance of the event.


When it comes to couples’ names written on the invitation, the bride’s name always comes first. In case you have a middle name, consider whether you want to print it on your invitation or not.


In most cases, for special event such as wedding, date is written as a combination of letters and numbers (e.g.: April 7, 2013). Ceremony/reception time is usually printed in numbers, 24-hour format (e.g.: 19:00).


Generally, street addresses are not added to the venue name unless there are venues with similar names. In any case, you can send detailed information about the wedding to the guests who have confirmed their attendance.


If the ceremony and the reception are held at the same venue, it’s important to emphasize that information. Keep the information about the ceremony and the reception in separate lines, and don’t forget to indicate correct time for both of them.


Many couples decide to include RSVP or response card into their wedding invitation set. It enables guests to confirm their attendance by sending it back to the couple. Don’t forget to set a deadline for response (at least a month before the wedding day).

In case you’re having doubts about the content of your wedding invitation, stick to these elements and you won’t slip up.


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