Setting the Tone Through Invitation Wording

Depending on the style of your wedding, you can help set the tone for the big day through the wording you choose for your invites.
Pro tip: If your or your partner’s parents are involved in the wedding and planning process, connect with them and see if they have strong opinions on how they are introduced on the invitations.

For a formal, more traditional style wedding, below are two examples of wording that might work for you:

Example 1: Mr. and Mrs. James Walker Handegan request your presence at the marriage of their daughter Thea Leigh to Mr. Thomas Parker O’Leary

Example 2: Together with their families Ms. Camille Elizabeth Weston and Mr. Jack Regis Whitmore request the honor of your presence at their marriage

For a more contemporary, casual style wedding, wording like the below might work best for your big day:

Example 3: Timothy and Bea Hillman invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Nora Jane to Cian Alexander Steadman

Example 4: Together with their families Benjamin Hunter Greene and Jordan Wren Wilson invite you to celebrate their marriage


Choosing the Perfect Cards

Selecting invitations for your wedding should be a fun expression of your personal style — and it should help guests get a feel for what’s to come. Perhaps you’ve sent out save the date cards that have a matching wedding invitation, which keeps your look cohesive and intentional. Or maybe you’re looking to switch things up this time around and bring in some new design elements. Printing styles like custom letterpress and foil create an elevated effect, whereas more simplistic digital printing might be a great route for a more casual affair. For more information on the printing styles we offer, check out our helpful guide HERE


Including the Important Details

When it comes to sharing wedding information, there are a few key details you’ll want to make sure you include on your invitations, whereas other details are better suited for your wedding website. For your invitations, be sure to include:

  • 1. Date of the wedding

  • 2. Time of the ceremony and wedding reception (if applicable)

  • 3. Location of the ceremony and wedding reception

  • 4. Dress code, if you’d like

  • 5. Your wedding website and/or contact information


A helpful tip to keep in mind for outlining your wedding location:

Traditionally, you do not need to include street addresses of well-known locations on invitations (venues, hotels, houses of worship, etc.). If your wedding is being held at a private residence or a location less widely known, feel free to include the street address, city, and state.

What to save for your website:

It’s best practice to exclude your registry information from your invitation. These details are more fitting to include on your wedding website, which is often linked to on invitations. Make sure your family and wedding party know your registry information, as they can share the link with guests who may ask for the details.


Purchasing Extra Cards

Keeping extra cards on hand is always a good idea. While you should be sure keep your packing area clean (keep the food and drinks in the kitchen!), smudges can occur and you’ll be happy to have a few spare cards handy. Depending on your final reply count, you might have some last minute additions to your guest list, or want to save a few invitations to frame or preserve. We recommend ordering at least 10 extra cards above your guest count.


Addressing Your Envelopes

When addressing your envelopes, you should always address to both members of a married couple, and should include titles, first, (middle, if desired) and last names.

Example: Mr. and Mrs. Reid Vaughn Weber

For an invitation to an unmarried couple living at the same address, spell out both names connected by “and”.

Example: Mr. Christopher James White and Miss Malia Janelle Johnson

While titles are abbreviated, all other words within the address such as “Road” “Avenue” or “Suite” should be spelled out. If the street is a number under 10, feel free to spell out the number — otherwise the numeric representation is best. For states, you can either use the two letter abbreviation or spell the state in full.

Example:
729 Fifth Avenue, Suite #201
Richmond, VA 23241

Pro tip: Did you know we offer envelope addressing throughout our wedding card collection? Choose to include the recipient address, the return address, or both for a small added cost. Just select your addressing of choice on the product page.


Selecting the Postage

Depending on the card size you choose and the number of sheets, paper weight, and more, your envelopes may require more postage than a traditional stamp. Take an assembled envelope to your local post office and have it weighed before you buy postage — this way, you know exactly what you need and won’t encounter any surprises when mailing your invitations out.


Sending Your Invitations on Time

It’s typical to send your invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. This gives out-of-towners plenty of time to make travel arrangements for your big day. For destination weddings, three months is a more suitable time frame as guests will need to make more extensive travel plans.

For RSVP’s, we suggest asking for replies three weeks before your your wedding. This gives you more than enough time to communicate the final headcount with your caterer, confirm the seating chart, and print escort cards or anything else you may need for the reception.


Keeping Track of Your Replies

When it comes to keeping track of your invitation replies, we suggest creating a spreadsheet you and your partner can both contribute to. Having one place to keep tabs on your RSVP’s, plus ones, and later, your gifts will be a great organization tool for the two of you.