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WEDDING INVITATION WORDING ETIQUETTE
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As we talked about in our previous etiquette post, invitations should be kept simple and to the point. They should only include the host names, bride & groom's names, date, time, and ceremony location. We're sharing our knowledge below about the etiquette behind wedding invitation wording.

Host wording

We recommend always checking with the host before making your final decision on how to word your host line of the invitation. You want to make sure to be gracious to your host/s.

You have the option to list out each of the host's names, (for example: Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Adler), or if there are multiple parties hosting, such as both sets of parents and the bride & groom, it's okay to just say "Together with our families," as long as you have permission from your hosts.

Some examples of wording for your host line:
"request the pleasure of your company"
"would love for you to join them"
"invite you to celebrate with them"
"request the honor of your presence"

Bride & Groom's Names

Traditionally, the bride's name precedes the groom's, due to the tradition that the bride's parents host the event.

If the bride's parents are, in fact hosting and the bride shares their parents' name that is listed in the host line, her last name does not need to be included. However, it is customary to include the groom's last name.

The reasoning behind including full names within your invitation is for the guests who do not know you personally, maybe they're acquaintances to your parents or they know more than one John and Abigail. An exception to this rule is when you're having an intimate wedding where everyone knows the bride and groom personally and does not need that extra reminder of what their full names are.

Date and Time

Formal wedding invitations generally have everything spelled out, including the date, year, time, etc. (for example: "Saturday, the fifteenth of May," "five o'clock," "two thousand and eighteen")

The Location

Unless the name of your ceremony location will confuse your guests, the full address is not necessary. However, you should always include the city and state. A few examples of when you should include full addresses are: if the location is a home, doesn't easily come up on a search engine map, or if there are multiple locations with the same name.


While this information is helpful, we always recommend discussing your wording options with your stationer. Usually they will be able to offer you a couple of wording options that fit your circumstances. However, we wholeheartedly support new ways of wording things to fit your style. As always, we're an open book, so don't hesitate to reach out about your wedding stationery questions!

Xo,
C+A

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A COMPREHENSIVE TIMELINE FOR WEDDING STATIONERY

Wedding stationery can be a bit overwhelming when you've never planned a wedding before, but that's what we're here for! We've noticed when a bride comes to us they have very little knowledge about what goes into their stationery suite. This isn't their fault, I mean, how are you expected to know about this stuff? It's our job to know the in's and out's of stationery and to communicate that to you while leaving you feeling like you've entrusted the right gals to take on this aspect of your big day! That being said, we've decided to give a crash course on wedding stationery, starting with the timeline!

Your wedding stationery timeline depends on a few things. First things first, we need to know your wedding date. When it comes to timelines we like to work backwards from the date you will say those special vows!

SAVE THE DATES

We generally recommend sending your save the dates 6-8 months in advance. Let the day and location of your big day decide when to send out your save the dates. Remember to take into account if your wedding requires advanced planning for your guests such as: a weekday, destination, or holiday wedding, or if it's during "peak" wedding season. 

INVITATIONS

Traditionally wedding invitations are mailed out approximately 2 months in advance. As mentioned above, base this off the date and location of your wedding. If you're planning a destination wedding make sure to send out your invitations well in advance to allow your guests to properly plan. When sending out the invitation you also need to consider when you would like your RSVP's back. We generally recommend 1 month in advance in order to give yourself and your vendors proper time to plan.

ADDITIONAL PIECES

If you are needing additional pieces such as programs, menus, place cards, signage, or favor packaging, make sure to place your order 4-8 weeks prior to your wedding day.

THANK YOUS

We recommend sending thank you's for the gifts you receive before your wedding no more than 2 weeks after you receive them. For gifts received on your wedding day, we recommend sending them out no more than 4 weeks after your wedding day. It is best to order your thank you's when you order your invitations so that you have them on hand when you receive those pre-wedding gifts! 

KEEP IN MIND

A few things to keep in mind when deciding on your wedding stationery timeline, other than your date:

  • YOUR STATIONER'S PROCESS: beautiful work that properly reflects you as a couple takes time and it is always best to give your stationer enough time to do their job well!
  • DESIGN STYLE: if you have a simple & clean style your suite may not take as long as if your vision is a bit more detailed and may require custom illustrations, calligraphy, or more intricate elements.
  • PRINTING METHOD: If you're looking to create a more custom look with unique printing processes such as: foil stamp, letterpress, thermography, emboss/deboss, and screenprint, expect a more lengthy production process and give ample time for completion.

Always make sure to order at least 10 extra invitations, envelopes, programs, menus, etc just in case and to be sure you have some to keep as mementos.

We hope you've benefitted from this quick overview of figuring out your stationery timeline & be sure to contact us if you have any further questions! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!