Structuring a Wedding Invitation

Structuring a Wedding Invitation

Wedding Invitations can be an important first detail when planning a wedding! It gives guests the first look at what that special day will look like. Let’s break down how they look, what goes into it and what it should look like.

Heading, Monogram or Design

The top of the invitation is a great place to create a custom piece of your wedding and include a hint of the theme or colors and what’s to come for the event! A custom monogram as seen in the example, floral, vines and more are common for this but in the end it’s up to what the bride and groom desire. 

Hosts

As a thank you to everything they’re doing, it’s traditional to include the hosts of the wedding.

Depending on the formalities, different ways to word this.

If the parents of the bride/groom are the hosts:

  • Dustin and Margaret Flynn request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter/son
  • Dustin and Margaret Flynn request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter/son
  • Dustin and Margaret Flynn invite you to join the families and friends of…

If both sets of parents are the host:

  • Mr and Mrs. Dustin Flynn and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lowe request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their children

If the couple is the host: 

  • The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of …
  • Jessica Lynn Flynn and Steve Andrew Lowe invite you to share in their joy at their wedding celebration

If both sets of parents AND the couple is hosting: 

  • Jessica Lynn Flynn and Steve Andrew Lowe together with their parents invite you to their celebration

Couple

The big day is all about the couple we are celebrating! This is your time to shine. Typically the couple’s name is in a decorative font and larger in size. 

Details

How are people going to know where the celebration is? Important details include: 

  • The Date – Most people will have this already from your save-the-date but it’s still important to have
  • The Time – There are two times to take into consideration here. Invitation time and Ceremony time. Your invitation should be 30 minutes prior to the actual ceremony time – this allows guests to be seated and for everything to be ready by the time the actual ceremony is set to begin.
  • The Place – It’s important to include the full venue name and address on your wedding invitations. No one wants to get lost on the way to a wedding! 
  • Post-Ceremony Plans – After the ceremony, it’s time to party! If your reception is at a different location than the ceremony – include these details just as you did before. If your ceremony and reception are at the same location – you would include that information as well. There are a lot of different ways to word this – some options are below:
    • Reception to follow
    • Reception immediately following the ceremony
    • Dinner and dancing to follow

If there are any other important details to have as well such as a dress code or theme, make sure to include that in the invitation or in a separate note with the invitation if there isn’t room. 

Once you’re ready to order invitations, there’s lots of sites out there to receive pricing like the Minted, VistaPrint, Etsy, Shutterfly and more! 

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