So you have finally settled on a guest list, and now come the actual invitations! Rules. Rules. Rules. The intricacies of how to put together a formal wedding invitation may soon have your eyes crossed and neck in knots. But do not fear! This quick guide can help you navigate both the wording and the etiquette surrounding wedding invitations. Starting with the host line and ending with the insert, this guide has you covered!
Some other things to keep in mind: the line “request the honor of your presence” is used when the ceremony is held in a house of worship, such as a temple, church, or mosque. Meanwhile “the pleasure of your company” is used for secular locations, such as outdoors. Also, if your guest has a title other than Mr./Mrs., you need to spell out the title (ex. Doctor Smith).
Another thing to consider is how “coupled up” you want your guests. It is customary to invite the partners of your friend as a guest as well. In such cases, it may be polite to let your single friends bring along a “plus one” to ensure that they have a good time.
Finally, remember to include the names of every single person you are inviting in the household. On the outer envelope it is okay to simply address it to one person or the family, but on the inner envelope, the names must be listed. Listing only the parents names means that the children are not invited.