Wedding Invitation Components

Sometimes wedding invitation wording can have more hidden rules than people realize. We’re here to simplify the subject for you. While there are many fun contemporary twists to wedding invitations, here are the longstanding traditions of wedding invitation wording, according to Emily Post.

Wedding Invitation Components

1. Names/Spelling

  • A wedding invitation is issued by the host(s). The hosts’ name(s) are spelled out (including titles and middle names).
  • Titles, such as Mr. or Mrs., are not spelled out. However, a title like Doctor, is spelled out.
  • If the bride shares her parents’ last name, her last name is not needed on the invitation (just first and middle).
  • The groom’s name may be written with Mr. (or other title) and then his full name.

2. Time/Date

  • Provide the city and state of the wedding location.
  • The date and year are spelled out.
  • The day of the week and month are capitalized, but not the year.
  • When indicating time, use “half after” or “half past” instead of “five thirty”.
  • References like “in the afternoon” or “in the evening” are not necessary but may be added.

3.  Location

  • If the ceremony takes place in a house of worship, “the honour of your presence” should be used. “The pleasure of your company” should be used in other venues.

See, it’s not so confusing, right?  While this doesn’t include all of the possible wording combinations you might run into, it covers the common scenarios.  If you have a specifc wedding invitation questions that we haven’t covered in our 3 Part Series on invites, please contact us and we can figure out how best to help you. 

Your Wedding Invitations:  Don’t Miss the Essentials (Part1)

Your Wedding Invitation Timing:  What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Marsha VanArk, Professional Wedding Planner