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Wedding Invitations 101

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Perfect invite for your wedding

The wedding invite is a major part of the wedding regalia: it kicks it all off and announces to your loved ones that your big day is approaching…learn what you need to know to perfect your invite for your wedding day!

Who, What, When, Where of your big day

Your names, the dates and time, and the ceremony venue’s name & address MUST be on the main invitation.

Reception Cards

These include the time and location address of the reception. If your ceremony and reception are in the same place, include text such as “Dinner and Dancing to Follow” on your main invitation.

The Direction Card

The invitation should include the coordinates of the location(s) so that people can easily input them into navigators like Google Maps. You could go more elaborate and have a map printed with the location(s) indicated clearly.

The Response Cards

Some couples choose to have a response card where guests tick boxes to indicate their attendance (and often, dinner menu selections).

Other leave the card blank so that guests can write a personal message.

Be sure to provide a deadline date (a month in advance of the occasion is good) so that guests know to RSVP in a timely fashion.

Include an addressed stamped envelope so that guests can easily send their response cards back.

To save some money and paper on the response cards, you can use postcards instead of card-and-envelope sets. Or, you may want to ask your guests to RSVP online and indicate this on your wedding website card (see below).

Or go the modern and efficient route of giving guests the option to RSVP via SMS or email.

The accommodations cards

You might want to provide guests with information about accommodation surrounding your wedding location. This would include all the relevant contact details and their website URLs.

Top Tip

You can eliminate the direction card, accommodations cards and the response card by having a wedding website and the including the website URL address on your main invite. All the details will then be easily accessible on your website where they can refer to them at any stage they need to.

What else do I need?

When ordering your wedding invitations, you’ll also want to think about other important paper elements for your wedding day and beyond, including your ceremony booklets, menu cards, table numbers, and thank-you note stationery. While not all of these items have to match your invitation. They should all fit with the theme and style of your wedding.

Invitation Wording

Traditionally, the parents of the bride would pay for the wedding celebrations, and while for some, this is still the case, there are many couples who pay for the big day themselves. You can choose for your invites to be a reflection of that in terms of the wording – here’s how!

Option 1- Hosted by the Bride and Groom

Ms.Mary O’Neill and Mr James Jackson


*Guest Name*

To join them in celebrating their marriage at *location address* on *Date & Time*

Option 2 – Hosted by the Bride and Groom together with their parents

Mary O’Neill and James Jackson


*Guest Name*

To join them in celebrating their marriage at *location address* on *Date & Time*

Option 3 – Hosted by the parents of the bride

Mr and Mrs Jack O’Neill request the honour of the presence of

*Guest Name*

At the marriage of their daughter Mary and James Jackson

at *location address* on *date & time*

Option 4 – Hosted by the parents of the bride and groom

Mr and Mrs Jack O’Neill and Mr and Mrs David Jackson


*Guest Name*

To share in the marriage of their children Mary and James at *Location address* on *date & time*