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    Wedding Stationery Wording Tips

    Wording your wedding stationery does not have to be burdensome! At Basic Invite we want to get you excited for creating your wedding invitation suite and help you along the way. Follow our Wedding Stationery Wording Tips and guidelines and you will have a fun and easy time with the process of personalizing your wedding stationery. Keep in mind that while there is a proper and formal etiquette for wedding invitations, sometimes it's OK to bend the rules a little, especially with some of our more unique and modern designs. There's also the fact that you can customize basically everything! Read on to find everything you will need to know about wording your wedding stationery. We've broken down each component of the invitation set as well, to guide you to learn what your invitation should consist of.

    Wedding Stationery Wording Tips


    Your wedding invitation is broken down into 6-7 lines: host line, request line, bride and groom, date and time, location, reception and attire (optional).


    The host line includes the names of those sending out and/or hosting the wedding. Traditionally the bride‰'s parents host the wedding; however, nowadays it‰'s common for the wedding to be hosted by the groom‰'s parents, both sets of parents, or even the bride and groom. When writing this line, be sure to use the hosts' full names.


    There are two phrases that are most used: one indicates a religious ceremony and the other does not.

    At a place of worship: Request the honor of your presence

    Catholic Mass: Request the honor of your presence at the Nuptial Mass uniting

    Other Venus: Request the honor of your company


    The couple should be the stars of the invitation. Place the names on a separate line, linking them together with ‰to‰ or, ‰and‰ respectively, and using full names: first, middle, and last. The bride's name should precede the groom's name. Traditionally, if the bride‰'s parents are included on the invitations and she shares the same last name then only her first and middle name are used. This same rule follows for the groom.

    The Bride‰'s parents are hosting

    Mr. and Mrs. John Brown

    Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

    Emily Mae to Kevin Noah Jones

    Visit our Stationery Etiquette page for more examples on wedding invitation wording.


    The date should both be written out in full and include the day of the week, date, month and year. When writing the year, this should be placed on a separate line with the option to include the word and‰ (i.e. Two thousand fourteen or Two thousand and fourteen)

    Saturday, the second of June

    Two thousand fourteen

    The time should also be written in full and include "o'clock" after the written time. For a more formal approach use the phrase "in the morning", "in the afternoon", or "in the evening" instead of a.m. or p.m. Any time before 12 p.m. is considered morning, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. is afternoon and any time after 6 p.m. is evening. If your wedding begins on the half-hour include a hyphen in the time or for a more formal way use "half past" or "half after" then write the time.

    four o'clock in the afternoon

    half past four in the afternoon

    four-thirty in the afternoon


    For the location line include the name of the venue, and address. The address should not use abbreviations, rather it should be written in full. If the address number is smaller than 20, then it should be written out. Also, no punctuation is needed other than a comma between the city and state (which is spelled out). Lastly, zip codes should not be included on any part of the invitation set.

    St. ‰ (Street) Blvd.  ‰(Boulevard) Apt. ‰  (Apartment) P.O. Box ‰  (Post Office Box)

    ‰Central Library

    700 Boylston Street

    Boston, Massachusetts


    If your wedding ceremony and reception are being held in the same location, include a line at the bottom of your invitation informing your guests. If the reception is going to be at different venue, this should be treated as a separate event with details provided on a reception card. Wording examples of receptions being held in the same venue after the ceremony are:

    Reception to follow

    Dinner and dancing to follow

    Reception immediately following the ceremony


    To advise your guests what should be worn to your ceremony, you can include the optional attire line. This line should be placed at the bottom right hand corner of your invitations. If your wedding is taking place on a lawn or at a beach, it is nice to inform your guests of the elements such as wearing appropriate shoes. Some commonly used phrases are:

    Black Tie

    Cocktail Attire

    Casual Attire

    Semi-Formal Attire


    Punctuation can be used within the line for dates, time and addresses; However, commas, periods, colons, etc. should not be placed at the end of lines.


    Wording such as Names, States and streets should be spelled out in its entirety on invitations, response cards, enclosure cards and envelopes. Exceptions to this rule are:

    St. or Sts. = Saint or Saints

    Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.

    Jr., and Sr., separated from the last name by a comma


    A response card will include the date to RSVP by as well as a line for your guests to write their names, and section to check if they can attend or not. For those hosting dinner, you may also need to place a section for Meal Requests/Dietary restrictions

    Happily accepts/ Sadly regrets

    Will be there/ Will be there in spirit

    Accepts with pleasure/ Declines with regrets

    Tip: Be sure to have your response card envelope, pre-addressed and stamped for a quick reply.


    Ensure that you match the wording of your enclosure cards, with the wording of you wedding invitations to keep all pieces consistent. Enclosure cards will provide your guest with additional wedding day details, including, transportation, accommodations, directions, reception, other wedding events.


    When addressing your guests envelopes use titles and full names. It is important to double check your guest list to make sure names are spelled correctly. Common examples of addressing envelopes:

    To a Married Couple:

    Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Samantha Howard

    To an Unmarried Couple Living Together :

    Mr. Patrick Howard

    Mrs. Samantha Williams

    To Those with Other Distinguished Titles:

    Judge Howard and Lieutenant Howard, U.S. Navy

    Dr. Patrick Howard and Mrs. Samantha Howard

    To Children and Families:

    Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Howard

    Jacob, Brad, Kylie

    (Note: If you do not include the child‰'s names you are implying that children are not invited.)

    Be sure to stay consistent throughout the invitations set, if dates and times are spelled out on invitations use the same format on your enclosures cards as well. For more examples, for ways to word your wedding stationery, please visit our stationery etiquette page for formal and nontraditional wording. You'll be sure to find something that best fits your style and taste.

  • Jayne Strathdee Photography


    My passion for photography started when travelling around the world with some of my best friends in 2004.  At that time I was mainly focused on landscape photography, we saw some amazing sites during our travels, mainly around Australia and New Zealand.

    When I returned to Aberdeen, Scotland I purchased my first DSLR and started to look at portrait photography.  I came across an amazing photograph from Manchester, UK, called Rosie Hardy ( and commissioned her to take some photos of me for my 30th birthday (so I can look back on them when I’m old and wrinkly!).  This is my favorite of me from her shoot:


    My love of portrait photography grew from there.  Rosie also ran wedding photography workshops and I attended a few of these.  The workshops really inspired me and gave me some confidence to start up on my own.  I did my first wedding in 2012 and was absolutely terrified but over the years my confidence has grown.

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    I love weddings, I love the ‘love’ of the day, everyone looking their best and visibly happy.  For me it’s important to try and capture the personality of the couple and trying to get the perfect ‘natural’ shot, the time where the couple forget the camera is there is my favorite part.

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    I also particularly like black and white images of the day as I feel there is a different atmosphere in a black and white photo compared to that of colour, it feels more intimate and you can really focus on the couple.

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    All the weddings I’ve photographed have been amazing and special in their own way, from my brothers intimate wedding at his home in Speyside (whisky country) with all his tractors cleaned and covered in bows, to one of my best friend’s wedding in Las Vegas.  The wedding I’ve decided to focus on for this article is that of Mike and Jemma because they are, without a doubt, the most AMAZING couple I have ever met.  I’ve known both Mike and Jemma for a number of years and they have the relationship I aspire to have.  They’re best friends and you can see the love and fun they share together.


    Prior to the wedding we did an engagement shoot which was the most fun I’ve had with a couple, they were up for anything and the photo’s really capture their personality.

    Mike and Jemma had a slightly unique wedding(s)!  They had their legal wedding in Scotland at Banchory Lodge which just outside Aberdeen, in Royal Deeside and is an amazing location and then there other wedding in Spain.  The Aberdeen wedding was quite traditional, with the guys in kilts and was a very intimate affair which was amazing to part of.

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    The Spain wedding had the guys in less formal (but more weather friendly) attire and was such a special and fun day, just like the couple.


    I’m so grateful for the opportunity to capture people’s special day and have the opportunity to travel around the world doing so and can’t wait for my next wedding!




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