Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this post that’ll make sure you use proper etiquette. She also has some wording options for your invitations. This is the first of a series of guest posts from Jessica, we’re so excited to share them with you.

Depending on how traditional your wedding will be will determine how closely you’ll need to adhere to formal etiquette. Another major factor is who is hosting (ie: footing the bill).

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Get great advice from Odd Duck Press after the jump…

General Guidelines for Your Wedding Invitations

  • Invitations are written in third person.
  • The first line in the invitation indicates who is hosting.
  • Everything is spelled out, no numerals or abbreviations.
  • The bride’s name appears first on all wedding stationery.
  • Capital letters are used in the same way as normal grammar (to indicate the beginning of a sentence) not at the beginning of each line.
  • The phrase “honor of your presence” indicates that the ceremony will be held in a place of worship.
  • If you prefer not to have children at the ceremony or reception (or both), you can indicate “Adults Only Reception” or “Adults Only Day” on the reply card.
  • If you will be inviting single guests and you don’t want them to bring a guest of their own, this can be addressed on the reply card with a line that states: we have reserved ___ seats in your honor.
  • Never include gift registry information on the invitation itself.  Traditionally this information is conveyed through family, but many couples now put registry information on their wedding website.
  • The return address should be that of whomever is hosting.
  • Traditional wedding invitations include an outer and inner envelope.  The outer envelope includes the recipient’s full name and address, return address and postage.  The inner envelope is written out as though the invitation were being hand delivered.

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Photo by Lindsay Docherty

Wording Ideas

Traditional, Bride’s Parents Inviting,Religious Ceremony:

Mr. and Mrs. James Burke
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jennifer Anne
Christopher Luis Colbert…

Traditional, Bride’s and Groom’s Parents Inviting, Secular Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Lenhart
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Egan
invite you to share in the ceremony
uniting their children
Alexandra Merin
Jonathan Louis Egan…

Contemporary, Bride and Groom Hosting, Secular Ceremony

Please share in our joy as we
Amanda Smith
Chad Porter
tie the knot
and begin our new life together…

Contemporary, Bride and Groom Hosting, Secular Ceremony

We’ve decided on forever
and forever begins when we
Nicole Miller
Thomas Harton
unite in marriage…


Stay tuned for more great guest posts from Jessica over at Odd Duck Press– she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to invitations and etiquette. Thanks Jessica!