Using the helpful step-by-step guide on the other page along with the simple line-by-line explanations below, you and your fiance will be prepared to write the best wedding invitation.
Wedding Invitation Template
The very first line, the”invitational line,” as its name implies, only tells who’s issuing the invitation. It typically comprises the bride’s parents’ names since they traditionally host the wedding, or the invitational line may include the couple’s names if they are hosting the wedding themselves.
The line that actually invites your guests to the wedding varies depending on where you plan to marry. Use”ask the honor of your presence” if you plan to wed in a church, synagogue, or other house of worship. Use”ask the pleasure of your organization” if you are marrying outdoors, at home, or at another venue such as a hotel or historical site. The preferred spelling for”honor” and”favour” is a matter of personal preference. “Honour” is the more traditional, English version. Whichever spelling you choose, use it consistently throughout your wedding correspondence.
The bride’s two given names are shown on this line. Rustic wedding invitation background with Her last name is also included if it is different from her parents’ name, when the groom’s parents’ names are also on the invitation and she wants to add her last name for clarity, or if she and her fiance are issuing the invitations themselves.
Traditional wording often uses the preposition”into” since the bride will be Married”into” her groom; however, traditional Jewish invitations include the word”and” between the bride’s name and the groom’s name to indicate the joining of two families. You will also find “and” used in the traditional wording for invitations to many Catholic ceremonies. Basically the use of”into” or”and” in both wedding invitations and announcements is a personal preference.
Along with the groom’s full name, include the title “Mr.” on the invitation under most circumstances. If he is a doctor, the title “Doctor” should be written in full, not abbreviated.
DATE LINE, YEAR LINE
Do not use abbreviations or numerals on the date line; each word should be written out. Add”morning” or”day” after the day only if the time of the wedding might otherwise be interpreted either way. If you plan to marry at nine o’clock, for example, that could refer to morning or evening and would need clarification. Adding a line for the year is a matter of personal choice; it is not necessary, but it is also not improper. You may want to include it since your wedding invitation will be a keepsake for generations to come. The year should always be included on wedding announcements since they are mailed after the wedding has taken place. You will occasionally see the word “on” used before the date, but it is preferable to omit it.
If you plan to marry on the hour, the time line simply reads “at five o’clock,” but if your wedding is scheduled for 5:30, it should read “at half after five o’clock.”
Always include the full name of the wedding site, with no abbreviations. If you plan to marry at home, simply include the full address. You may use the phrase”in the home of” if you plan to marry at the home of friends.