Preparing the wording for your wedding invitations can be a difficult task but knowing some basic rules can help make it a little less daunting.
Below are 5 quick tips to help you with wording on your formal wedding invitations. Of course, you're always welcome to break any rules, as weddings have become less formal than before. However, if you want to follow formal wedding invitation wording tradition, these are quick tips.
- The bride's name always comes before the groom's name.
- Be sure to spell out all numbers with the exception of those in an address. For example, spell out the year as "Two Thousand Fifteen" or the time as "Two O’Clock in the Afternoon," but use number for a street address such as "265 Celebration Lane."
- Abbreviations should be avoided on wedding invitations. For example, spell out the state to read as "New York" instead of using its two letter abbreviation. The same goes for street addresses - use Street, not st.
- Zip codes should not be included on wedding invitations.
- Registry information should never be included on wedding invitations or as part of a wedding invitation package.
Formal wedding invitation wording etiquette is more complicated than this and even deals with scenarios for who is the host(s) and where the wedding is taking place. For example, you provide different wording if the parent's are hosting versus if the couple are hosting. Also, there is different wording for a ceremony in a church versus a ceremony elsewhere.
We'll try to cover off more of these topics in our blog in the future. But, for now, these simple tips will help you get your formal invitation wording looking just right.