What goes on the different lines of a wedding invitation?
Who’s doing the inviting or hosting the wedding?
REQUEST LINE 1 & 2
These lines are doing the inviting. Telling guests what they are invited to.
• If the bride’s parent’s names are on the invitation and she has the same last name as them, only her 1st and middle names are necessary: Mary Catherine
• If the couple is hosting or the bride has a different last name then the people hosting, her 1st, middle and last names are necessary: Mary Catherine Smith
• If the bride’s parents are hosting, the groom’s full name is printing on the invitation:
Mr. Charles William Brown
• If the couple is hosting, take off the Mr.: Charles William Brown
• If both sets of parents or only his parents are hosting, print his 1st and middle name:
DAY AND MONTH
Typed out in full. Example: on Saturday, June 29: on Saturday, the twenty-ninth of June
The year is also typed out in full, in lower case letters. Since invitations are sent out 6-12 weeks before a wedding, this line is optional. Some couples like to put the year in for those that will keep the invitation as a memento.
The time is typed out in full, examples:
• at half after three o’clock
• at two o’clock in the afternoon
• at eleven o’clock in the morning
• at half after five in the evening
The only time you need to put morning, afternoon or evening is if there could be some confusion. For instance: ten o’clock could be in the morning or maybe you’re having a late ceremony with a dance to follow. Other then that it’s optional.
The name of the venue where the ceremony is being held, church, reception hall, parent’s backyard, etc…
You can either use numbers or letters with the address. Numbers are clearer. Example:
200 Church Street
Two Hundred Church Street
CITY AND PROVINCE
Very straight forward: Toronto, Ontario