Wording + Etiquette
Depending on the type of occasion, 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 occasions can approach the design and wording with a more fun, relaxed and informal content.
What to include on the invite
① The host, if there is one
② The request line, e.g. "Please join us to celebrate"
③ The bride and bridegroom, or birthday gal or guy
④ Day, date, month, year and time of the party
⑤ The venue name and town
⑥ Reception details, e.g. "Dinner and dancing until midnight"
⑦ The reception name and town, if different from ceremony address
⑧ Dress code, if there is one
⑨ RSVP requirement e.g. "12.06.2024"
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:
① Invitation - 50-75 words
② Details card - 200-250 words
③ Gift card - 50-75 words
④ Programme / Order of Service - 200-300 words per page
⑤ Table menu - 250-300 words
⑥ Guest menu - 150-200 words
Run through our quick checklist to avoid any embarrassing grammar or etiquette mistakes...
① Only names, places, the day of the week and month are capitalised (not the year)
② Start with a capital letter if it is the beginning of a new sentence and not at the start of each new line
③ Full stops should be omitted completely and only commas should be used for addresses
④ Your invitation should be written in the third person, e.g. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith request..."
⑤ Write out the time "two o’clock in the afternoon" instead of "2.00pm" if using a long form date
⑥Make no mention of gift info, "no children", meal options or general day information on the invite
⑦ The RSVP date should be written in short form to ensure it isn't confused with the wedding date
⑧ Do not abbreviate titles other than for Jr., Mr., and Mrs. - Doctor should not be abbreviated
⑨ "Please RSVP by...." is essentially stating "please" twice, i.e. "please respond if you please" - Use "Kindly RSVP..."
⑩ The last name of the bride should be omitted if brides parents are hosting
When To Order
We encourage you to order wedding invitations samples ahead of your wedding, to get a real life feel of the goods. To do this, head to your favourite designs page, and follow the link to order a sample. Remember to factor in sample selections in your timeline.
① Save The Dates — 6-18 months ahead
② Day/Evening Invitations — 4-6 months ahead
③ Day Stationery — 2 months prior
④ Thank you Cards — Return from Honeymoon
Please do think ahead order in good time.