What to Include in Your Wedding Invitations


Weddings are equally exciting and tedious to plan. The soon-to-be mister and missus usually take as much as two years before the actual wedding date to pull everything together. All the details – from the ceremony location, up until who DJs for the event, need the couple’s approval.

Of course, weddings would not be as much fun without the couple’s family and friends to witness the event. That is why a wedding invitation is as important as the food for the guests.

The invites state vital details of the wedding. Still, for a busy couple, even thinking of what to put can overwhelm them.

Hence, to make it easier for every engaged couple, here is a quick checklist of what should be in your wedding invitation:

The Host

No, you should not put who is the master of ceremonies, but the one who is sponsoring the wedding. Usually, these are the parents of the bride, but as a courtesy, it is okay to inscribe the names of the groom’s parents.

Hence, in any wedding invitation, the line “We, (name of the couple), together with our parents (name of the parents)…” is always present.

Asking the Guests to Come

As evident as it is for anyone who received the invitation, it still is a must to include a line to request the presence of your guests. A few examples would be:

  • “Request your company.”
  • “Invite you to celebrate with us.”
  • “At the marriage of their children.”

The Names of the Couple

Typically, the host line already includes the names of the couple, along with their parents’ names. However, the font style should be different, and the size is bigger than the rest to accentuate who is getting married.

In any traditional set-up, it is the bride’s name that comes first, followed by the groom’s. It is optional whether or not to include the couple’s surnames. However, considering that their parent’s full names are already on there, it is fine only to include their first names.

Date and Time

Formal weddings do not use numbers when indicating the time and date. Everything, including the time, is spelled out. For example, “a quarter after two o’clock in the afternoon.”

For casual weddings, couples may opt to use numerals for the date and time.

Wedding Location

Usually, wedding invites only put the name of the establishment, city, and state for the location. It is the couple’s discretion whether or not to include the street address.

The Reception

Formal invitations frequently have separate cards for the reception information. However, it is also wiser to print it in the request itself if there is still room to lessen the costs as well. On average, a 100-set wedding invitation could cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 – which could take a toll on a couple’s budget.

Attire for the Guests

For uniformity, modern-day couples include the dress codes for the guests on the lower right-hand corner of the invitation. Others opt to have a separate card showing examples of how they aspire the attire to look.

However, there are still some couples who opt not to include it on the invites. In instances like that, try to at least state a theme for the guests to follow. Otherwise, guests are free to assume what dress to wear on your special day.

Of course, there are no strict rules when making invitations. The information stated above are only the basics to ensure that the guests are well-guided for the big day. Couples are still free to include or omit details, or to express themselves through their wedding invites.