Skip to main content



There’s no shortage of etiquette rules when it comes to formal wedding invitations wording, and if you’re going all-out traditional, it’s important to get it right.
Even if you’re adding a healthy dose of personal style (which you should always do – no matter how formal your day is), understanding the basics will give you a good starting point, and you can fine-tune from there.
Here we break down the elements of formal wedding invitations and give you some tips on wording along the way.

The host / invitational line
Begin with the names of those hosting the wedding. Everyone’s situation here differs, so go with whatever suits yours best. Need some guidance? Check out our Q&A on different wording situations.
A simple way to make sure everyone feels included is to invite the guests yourselves, and mention both families.
Request line
The request line depends on the type of venue you are getting married in. For places of worship, use “Request the honour of your presence.” For a more informal ceremony, use “Would be delighted by your presence at the marriage of…” or similar wording.
For reception only requests, you can use, “Invite you to join them at the wedding reception of…”
Bride and groom line
The bride and groom’s names are on separate lines, set out from the rest of the invitation wording.  The preposition between them can either be “and” (common in some Jewish formats), or “to” (common in Australian and American formats).
Spell the groom’s name out, preceded by a title (i.e. Mr. David Sheppard).  If the bride shares the same last name as her parents, which are also listed on the invitation, her last name does not get repeated. Omit courtesy title here.
Time and date line
Spell out the date after the day of the week (i.e. Saturday, the twenty sixth of September). It is not necessary to include the year.
Spell out the time to describe where the hands are located on the clock (i.e. half after five o’clock). Don’t include AM or PM, but where confusion is possible, use “in the evening,” or “in the morning.”
Location line
Include an address where the wedding site is not widely known. The address should be written without punctuation. Use line breaks in place of commas (except to separate city and state). If getting married in a church, be sure to use the church’s proper name, spelling out any abbreviations.
Reception line
A separate reception card should be provided when the reception and ceremony are held separately.
When they are held in the same location, you can include a line at the bottom of your invitation. As an example, you can use, “Dinner and dancing immediately following the ceremony.”
RSVP / Response card
By including an RSVP (or response) card in your invitation, you make it clear that you are expecting a formal response, and your guests will be more likely to provide you with one. Adding a stamp increases the likelihood even further, and is considered the polite thing to do.
The RSVP card can either be a single card with matching envelope or a postcard format with printing on one side, and a return address on the back.
The most traditional format is a fill-in-the-blank version, beginning with M (the first letter of Mr. or Mrs.) It should also clearly state the date by when guests need to reply (typically 3 weeks in advance of wedding). You can also ask for meal preferences on the RSVP card.
The favour of a reply is requested on or before 19 July 2014
___ Accept with pleasure
___ Decline with regrets
Please initial the entrée choice for each guest
______ Rosemary chicken
______ Atlantic grilled salmon
_______ Local vegetable ravioli
Additional details
Special attire (i.e. beach formal) can be specified in the lower right corner of the wedding invitation, or on the reception card.
Registry information should not be included anywhere within your invitation, as it is considered rude. (Your wedding website is a more appropriate place to communicate this information).


Popular posts from this blog


20 free script fonts for your  DIY printable wedding invitation template , homemade card or scrapbook layout. There are unlimited font options to try and it can be pretty daunting searching through all the font websites, and thousands of fonts trying to find the perfect one for you. Here’s a round up of some of my favourite free beautiful script fonts that you can download and use for personal use on your DIY wedding invitations, crafting projects & personal stationery designs. These are free fonts for personal use only. To download these free script fonts, you’ll need to click through to each of the links. The owner of the script fonts should have instructions for you to download each font and if you wish to use any of these for commercial use you’ll need to purchase licence from the respective owners. To install and use these fonts, download them from their respective sites and extract the font files into your Fonts folder (usually in C: > Windows > Fonts on PCs and


Paperlust is excited to announce that we have teamed up with the cool kids from Joy, a San-Francisco-based wedding planning company. Joy simplifies wedding planning, allowing couples to create their wedding website and mobile app, manage their guest list, send digital save the dates and invitations, track digital RSVPs, and more – all for free. Paperlust has been looking to offer our customers matching websites and invitations for some time and we believe that Joy’s platform is the most user-friendly and feature-packed in the world. As of November 2019, you will now find Paperlust’s top designs on Joy’s platform, allowing couples to create cohesive themes across their wedding website and app, emailed save the dates and invitations, and printed invitation suites that can be shipped internationally. CREATE BEAUTIFUL WEBSITES TO SHARE EXTRA DETAILS WITH YOUR GUESTS We know that sometimes putting too much information on our invitations can at times look, well messy. Having a


two piece formaldresses Paperlust  has grown into the most beautiful event stationery platform in Australia during the last few years and we’re thrilled to announce another exciting new collaboration with renowned flower stylist and creative Sophia Kaplan. Her brand new stationery line is available exclusively at  Paperlust Your wedding stationery should establish the tone of your wedding so it’s important to make the right impression! Your guests will often receive it months in advance, so it needs to be worthy of display and set the tone for your very special day. ABOUT SOPHIA Sophia Kaplan is a Sydney-based creative who loves to get her hands dirty creating some floral magic. When she’s not at her shop,  Sophia Kaplan’s Plants & Flowers , she can be found bright and early at the flower market or styling a fabulous event. Sophia isn’t just a floral stylist for weddings; she also does commercial projects, editorials and other events. Co-author of a coffee t