Etiquette: Invitation Breakdown

You’ve figured out who you’re inviting, and now it’s time to get those beautiful letterpress invites into the mail! Tonight, we’re chatting about something that is always a little tricky - the perfect wording on an invitation. So we’re here to remedy the confusion! Let’s get down to it.

The Invitation

If the bride’s parents are hosting:


If both sets of parents are hosting:

If divorced parents are hosting joint:

If you (the couple!) are hosting:

The key with your invitations is to let the reflect the tone of your wedding. Are you hosting a black-tie affair? Make sure to include formal titles. If you're hosting a more casual bash, no need to include your parent's Mr. & Mrs. titles. Remember that your invitation is going to be the first tangible clue to your guests about your upcoming nuptials. Make sure they're a true reflection of the wedding-vibe your working to create! 

Let's not forget about the reception card either! This card is your time to let your guests know what to expect. If you're saying "I Do" between 4:00 - 8:00 pm, guests do expect some kind of food (and nothing is worse than a #hangry guest). Be explicit if you're not planning on serving a full dinner. Instead of saying "Reception to follow" include "Cocktail reception to follow" or "Cake and dancing following the I Do". 

Remember that the four examples about are absolutely not inclusive of every-single family situation! If you're looking for specific wording for wording for a trickier situation, work with your wedding planner to find what works best for you. Invitation wording can be a delicate situation, so be mindful of other's feelings during the process.

We'll be breaking down all the ins & outs of the envelope-situation in a later blog post, but let us know what invitation issues you've run into in the comments!

Kaitlynn + Emma