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Wording and Etiquette

Where To Start

Depending on the type of occasion, the wording on your invitations should match the form. For example, if you are having a traditional church wedding and formal dress is required, this should be reflected in the formality of your wording. Less formal occasions can approach the wording with a more fun, relaxed and informal vibe.

Keep abbreviations, date/time formats, names and addresses, etc. consistent throughout.

What to include on the invite

1. The host, if there is one
2. The request line, e.g. "Please join us to celebrate"
3. The bride and bridegroom, or birthday gal or guy
4. Day, date, month, year and time of the party
5. The venue name and town
6. Reception details, e.g. "Dinner and dancing until midnight"
7. The reception name and town, if different from ceremony address
8. Dress code, if there is one
9. RSVP requirement e.g. "12.06.2024"
10. Web address

Word Counts

There is no limit set on the number of words for each stationery item but please consider that too many words with multiple headings will cramp the design and make the font size too small to read. Use straight to the point language and don't babble. 

Try to limit your wording as follows:
1. Invitation - 50-75 words
2. Details card - 200-250 words
3. Gift card - 50-75 words
4. Programme / Order of Service - 200-300 words per page
5. Table menu - 250-300 words
6. Guest menu - 150-200 words

Etiquette Checklist

Run through our quick checklist to avoid any embarrassing grammar or etiquette mistakes.

1. Only names, places, the day of the week and month are capitalised (not the year)
2. Start with a capital letter if it is the beginning of a new sentence and not at the start of each new line
3. Line breaks act as commas and periods. You may use periods in titles like Mr. and Mrs. You may use commas if separating information in the middle of a line.
4. Your invitation should be written in the third person, e.g. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith request..."
5. Write out the time "two o’clock in the afternoon" instead of "2.00pm" if using a long form date 
6. Make no mention of gift info, children, meal options or general day information on the invite. Save them for the info enclosure
7. The RSVP date should be written in short form to ensure it isn't confused with the written out wedding date on the invite
8. Doctor should not be abbreviated
9. "Please RSVP by...." is essentially stating "please" twice, i.e. "please respond if you please" - Use "Kindly RSVP..." or keep it simple with just "RSVP (DATE)"
10. The last name of the bride should be omitted if brides parents are hosting