Invitations that Impress

Wedding invitations not only provide the important details of the big day, but also give guests their first glimpse into the style, tone, and formality of the wedding being planned. Create invitations that both inform and impress guests with some of our pointers below!

Names and Spelling

Because a wedding invitation is issued by the host(s), the hosts' names should be written out, including middle names and titles. All titles should be written out, with the exception of "Mr." and "Mrs." or unless the name is too long to fit on one line.

Examples: Doctor and Mrs. Albert George Ness, Sergeant and Mrs. James Lee Fevre.

When the wedding is being held in a place of worship, the phrase, "the honour of your presence," is typically used. When held at other locations, the phrase, "the pleasure of your company," is traditionally used. If the bride's last name is the same as her parents', only her first and middle name are included. The groom's name should be written out and preceded only by his appropriate title.

Examples: Mr. Alexander Graham Smith, Garrett Phillip Hanna.

Time and Date

Be sure to write out the date and year. It is not necessary to use "and" in the year line.

Example: two thousand eighteen.

Capitalize the day of the week and the month, but not the year. The phrase, "half after," should be used when indicating time, rather than "half past" or "-thirty."

It is not necessary to use the phrases, "in the afternoon" or "in the evening."

The city and state that the wedding will take place in should be written out. If all guests are local, the state may be omitted.

Response Card

Any of the following abbreviations are acceptable: RSVP, R.S.V.P., r.s.v.p., or R.s.v.p. Writing out the request is also acceptable.

Examples: The favour of a reply is requested, or Please respond on or before (date).

If you are enclosing a printed response card and self-addressed, stamped envelope, it is unnecessary to indicated the need to "RSVP" on the invitation itself. If you want to include an e-mail address or phone number as alternate RSVP methods, add that information below your RSVP request. Response cards keep wedding invitations neat and uncluttered and play a major logistical role in coordinating a wedding. They can be used to plan seating charts, gather entree preferences, and budget for food and beverage consumption. The deadline for RSVPs should generally be 3 weeks prior to the wedding, unless the caterer requires more advance notice. Most brides look forward to all the RSVPs that will flood their mailbox as responses start to come in!

Reception Card

This enclosure lets guests know the details of your reception and is especially useful when the reception is held at a different location than the ceremony. If your event will not include a full meal, it is courteous to inform your guests with phrasing, such as "...and afterward for light hor d'oeuvres and cocktails."

Map Card

This enclosure provides a map and driving directions for attending guests. Add some points of interest, such as parks, shopping malls, and great restaurants, for a charming and helpful touch.

Accommodations Card

This enclosure is used to provide basic information on recommended hotel accommodations. Be sure to include contact information for each.

Website Card

It is acceptable to put the web address for your wedding website on your invite, as long as you place it in the lower left corner or other inconspicuous area of the invitation. It is better, however, to avoid a crowded invitation by moving the information to a separate enclosure card. Here, you can provide a few details about your site, rather than just the URL.

Picking the Perfect Paper

When shopping for your wedding invitations, select a paper that looks great, fits you and your fiance's style, and will hold up well in the mail. Consider the following tips about wedding stationery.

  • Color: Today's wedding invitation comes in a wide range of fantastic colors and styles. There is no hard and fast wedding planning rule that you must adhere to when it comes to picking an invitation color, especially if your wedding is less on the traditional side. So before you select a standard white or ecru, consider going with a color that is more true to your personality and will best convey the tone and theme of your wedding to guests.

  • Embellishments: Adding effects and embellishments to your wedding invitation paper adds that extra special touch. Decorative items, such as ribbons, pressed flowers, and other accents are great enhancements.

  • Shape: Non-traditional shapes, such as rectangle, square, jacket, and pocket fold are eye-catching and considered an elegant option for wedding invitations today. Again, consider the tone of your wedding when making selections.

  • Envelope: This is the first thing your guests will see when opening their mailbox, so make it count! To make your wedding invitation stand out, select envelop paper with beautiful lining, or perhaps a unique texture.

  • Texture: Wedding invitation paper can be made of many types of material. The texture of your wedding invitation paper will also affect its weight and thickness.

  • Weight: As a rule of thumb in wedding invitation etiquette, the thicker and heavier the card, the higher the quality of paper. However, heavier paper can also come with a heftier price tag and higher postage.

Addressing and Mailing Invitations

  • Envelopes: Handwritten or typed? Most wedding experts agree that it's a big no-no to type address on outer invitation envelopes. Wedding calligraphers provide an invaluable service, specializing in exquisitely handwritten invitations.

  • Time Frame: Wedding invitations are mailed out 6 to 8 weeks before the day of the wedding and even sooner if your time frame involves a holiday or if you have quite a few out-of-town guests who need to make travel arrangements.

DJ Grey's Tip of the Day

"I love to see the bride & groom enter their reception and become ecstatic at seeing a room filled with people who love them. Make sure all those special people in your lives are on your wedding guest list!"

Book your consultation with I Do Boutique today at to create the perfect invitations for your big day!

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