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      Wedding Invitation Etiquette: the Anatomy of an Invitation

      wedding invitation etiquette and tips for wording your wedding invitations

      You've picked out your perfect wedding invitations, now it's time to get down to the details. Wedding invitation etiquette can get tricky - but we're here to help! Read on to learn our tips for wording your perfect invitation. 

      wedding invitation etiquette and tips for wording your wedding invitations

      Host Names 

      Based on traditional wedding invitation etiquette, the first lines of your invitations should be telling your guests who is hosting the wedding. If more than one family is hosting, or if the couple is paying themselves, or even if you have a complicated family, there are many other wording options for you. One of the more popular choices is “Together with their families”, since couples feel like it’s a perfect way to say that all families had a hand in contributing to their big day.

      Request Line

      This is where you ask your guests to attend your wedding. Based on the formality of your ceremony, or even your unique personality, there are many ways to word this. Something more traditional is: “cordially invite you to celebrate the wedding of.”

      The Couple

      The couple's name is one of the most special, and memorable, pieces of your wedding invitations. The bride’s name usually appears before the groom’s name. If the bride's parents are listed at the top, then only her first and middle name are needed, since her last name is at the top with her parents. Traditionally, it would be the groom's full name. For a less formal feel, you can use only first names or opt for only first and last, without any middle names. Same sex couples can be listed in any order you choose.

      Groom's Parents (optional)

      Occasionally, the groom’s parents are added after the groom’s name. You can add something like “son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Reeves”. This is the most traditional way to do so, but not required, and you won't be breaking any wedding invitation etiquette rules if you don't include them.

      Date and Time

      Traditionally, all dates and times are spelled out on the wedding invitations, but again, modern weddings sometimes use the numerical references for dates. When writing the date, the day of the week is always capitalized, as well as the month and the first letter of the year. When writing the time, everything should be spelled out, with references only to morning, afternoon and evening. Any references to half-hour increments should be written as “half past two in the afternoon”.

      Ceremony Location

      Include the location of your ceremony, as well as the city and state. Zip codes are not normally included, but if you feel that your guests will be confused by leaving it off, by all means include it. 

      Reception

      Include the location of your reception (if it differs from the ceremony site). You can have fun here by saying "dinner and dancing to follow" or just the standard "reception to follow". It's a great place to mention if it's adults only or if special attire is requested.

      This Desert Invitation is Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

      This Desert Invitation is Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

      We are so thrilled to be featured on Green Wedding Shoes today featuring this arched wedding invitation and menu card, inspired by a desert vibe and modern details. ⁠Be sure to check out the full feature, and see some other absolutely amazing vendors!
      photography: Liz Koston Photography // venue name: Great Bear Vineyard, Davis, California, USA // event design: Paradise Parkway // planning: Paradise Parkway // florals: Paradise Parkway // wedding dress: Willowby by Watters // wedding dress boutique: Miosa Bride // hair stylist: All Dolled Up // makeup artist: All Dolled Up // paper goods: Paper Tie Affair // catering: Grazing Craving // cake: Above and Beyond Cakes // tabletop rentals: Blossom Farm Rentals // furniture rentals: Blossom Farm Rentals // models: Emily Parish and Marina D'Agostini // jewelry: Atonement Design // shoes: Sam Edelman

      Signature Drinks

      Signature Drinks

      Add a personalized touch to the bar with a watercolor painting of your signature drinks! Here are some of our most popular drinks to add to our illustrated cocktail signs. We have many more drinks that are pre-designed, so if you don't see yours, not to worry, we likely have it (or something similar) on hand and happy make small edits, like adding a lime wedge to the rim of a glass. 

      Our Favorite Bridesmaid Proposal Cards

      funny and sweet bridesmaid proposal cards

      Now that he's proposed, it's YOUR turn to pop the question with these fun bridesmaid proposal cards!

      Asking your besties to stand by your side means the world to them and even makes the planning process so much more fun. Bridesmaid proposal cards are the perfect way to ask, and give you tons of options. You can simply write a heartfelt note to your friend and drop the car in the mail, or you can pair it with some champagne, nail polish, and chocolates to make a cute little gift basket.

      We have a variety of bridesmaid proposal cards - from super simple to funny to sweet. These are just some of our favorites!

      our favorite bridesmaid proposal cards

      Real Wedding: Lauren + Kyle

      Real Wedding: Lauren + Kyle

      This romantic wedding at the Highlands Country Club, West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, is oh so romantic! We are loving the pops of gold and blush combined with lots of greenery and candles. 

      Lauren contacted us knowing she wanted blush paper and gold foil - and we made it happen! We created menus, place cards, and donation cards for her wedding. Can't get enough of this romantic day - congratulations to Lauren & Kyle!

       

       

      Photography: Jillian Knight Photography

      Venue: Highlands Country Club