5 Tips For Composing Your Wedding Invitations

How to Say Who, What, When and Where

Entire books have been written on the subject of how to compose a wedding invitation, but here are a few quick guidelines to get you started.

Depending on your style, you may want to follow traditional wedding invitation guidelines closely or draft a more personal invitation that reflects who you are as a couple. To help you get started, here are 5 traditional must-read tips for composing your wedding invitation.

Do Your Research
Before deciding whether to stick with tradition or get creative with your invitation, familiarize yourself with how invitations are usually worded and the types of information they contain. This will help you make sure you give your guests all the information they need without confusing any family members or guests! 

List The Basics 
No matter how formal or casual, a wedding invitation must state who is doing the inviting, what the event is, and when and where it will be held.

Decide Who's Issuing
Traditionally, the bride's parents issue the wedding invitations, but a bride and groom or the groom’s parents can also issue them.

Request It Right
Weddings at a house of worship are traditionally worded to "Request the honour of your presence." If the ceremony is held at another location, the invitation reads, "Request the pleasure of your company."

Include The Parents
There are traditions for wording invitations from parents who have divorced. Each spouse is mentioned on a separate line, with no "and" between the lines. Generally, if one or both of the parents have remarried, only the original parents' names are mentioned. If there is a close relationship between the stepparent and the bride or groom, it would be appropriate to include the new spouse's name.

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