(Closed) Invitation Wording

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You don’t actually put the name of your guests on the invitation (at least I have never seen this), that goes on the envelope. This is my suggestion (don’t know why the spacing is weird):

Mr. and Mrs. Bride’s Parents
request the honour of your presence 
at the marriage of their daughter
Bride’s first name


Groom’s first name

Son of Mr. Groom’s dad

Saturday, the X day of May
two thousand and eleven
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Church Name
Reception to follow at Reception Location

Post # 5
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

It’s a PITA to do each invitation separately, which is what you’ll end up doing. Total pain if you’re planning to DIY. The names of the guests are not often put on the actual invitation anymore…and imagine the e-mail you’ll have to send to the company if you’re ordering! “I want this one to have these names, this one to have different names, etc….” It might turn into a big headache.

Post # 7
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Traditional etiquette doesn’t include the bride and groom’s last names. I think it’s up to you though. I chose to include ours, as I have a different last name than my parents and didn’t want people who don’t know my parents to get the invite to say, “Who the heck is that?” (if I were just to include my first and middle names).

In terms of putting the guests’ names on each invite….it is doable and could easily be achieved with a mail merge (depending on what program you’re using to layout/print your invites). Having said that, I think it’s unncessary and probably not a detail that most people would really care that much about. I would save myself the work and skip it. Obviously the fact that the invitation is addressed TO them means that it is FOR them!

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