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Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your special day, setting the tone for what's to come. It's an opportunity to express your personality as a couple and convey the style and theme of your wedding. With a wide array of wedding invitation styles available, from traditional to modern, rustic to destination-themed, selecting the right one can be a delightful but daunting task. In this guide, we'll explore various wedding invitation styles and offer valuable tips on how to choose the perfect style that complements the overall theme and tone of your wedding.

Traditional Elegance
  • Description: Traditional wedding invitations exude timeless elegance and sophistication. They typically feature classic fonts, formal language, and traditional motifs like florals or ornate borders.

  • Perfect Match for: Classic and formal weddings, black-tie affairs, and venues like ballrooms and historic churches.

  • Tips: Opt for natural paper, formal script fonts, and classic motifs. Consider using traditional wording like "request the honor of your presence" for a formal touch.

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Modern Minimalism
  • Description: Modern invitations embrace clean lines, minimalistic design, and bold typography. They often feature simple color palettes and contemporary artwork.

  • Perfect Match for: Modern, urban, and minimalist weddings, art galleries, and industrial spaces.

  • Tips: Choose white cardstock, minimalist fonts like sans-serif, and a monochromatic color scheme for a sleek and contemporary look.

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Rustic Charm
  • Description: Rustic wedding invitations evoke a warm and inviting atmosphere. They often incorporate natural elements such as woodgrain textures, florals, and earthy color palettes.

  • Perfect Match for: Outdoor, barn, and countryside weddings, farm venues, and rustic-chic themes.

  • Tips: Opt for natural paper, hand-drawn illustrations of flowers or mountains, and earthy color schemes like greens, browns, and soft pinks.

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Romantic Whimsy
  • Description: This style embraces elements of whimsy, playfulness, and an abundance of romantic details. Think loose script fonts, and organic florals.

  • Perfect Match for: Garden weddings or weddings with a heavy inspiration from nature

  • Tips: Opt for soft colors to compliment the style

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Tips for Selecting the Perfect Style:

  1. Consider Your Venue: Your wedding venue can greatly influence your invitation style. Match the formality and aesthetics of your location with your invitation design.

  2. Reflect Your Personalities: Your invitation should reflect your unique style and personalities as a couple. Choose a style that resonates with both of you.

  3. Think About Your Theme: If you have a specific wedding theme, such as vintage, bohemian, or garden, ensure your invitation aligns with that theme.

  4. Color Matters: Pay attention to the color palette. Use colors that tie into your wedding decor, bridesmaid dresses, or floral arrangements.

  5. Set the Tone: Your invitation should set the tone for the event. Whether it's a formal affair or a casual celebration, ensure your invitation conveys the appropriate vibe.

  6. Typography and Wording: The choice of fonts and wording can greatly impact the style. Select fonts that match the chosen style, and craft your wording accordingly.

  7. Quality Matters: Invest in high-quality paper and printing. A well-crafted invitation not only looks better but also feels more special to your guests.

Choosing the right wedding invitation style is an exciting part of wedding planning. It allows you to express your unique style as a couple and give your guests a sneak peek into the wedding day to come. By considering your venue, theme, colors, and personal preferences, you'll find the perfect invitation style that beautifully complements your wedding's overall tone and theme.

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Incorporating your personality, hobbies, and favorites into your wedding stationery is a wonderful way to infuse your unique story into every detail. Here are some creative ideas to help you personalize your wedding stationery:

Custom Venue Paintings & Illustrations:

Have a custom painting or illustration created of your venue or wedding location. These illustrations can be incorporated into your invitations, save-the-dates, or even on envelope liners and give your guests a glimpse of what to expect when they arrive on your wedding day!

Photography Credits: Vue Photography, Jenna Lindsey

Music-inspired Designs:

If you both have a deep love for music, consider incorporating musical elements into your stationery. Design invitations in the shape of vinyl records or use guitar picks for your escort cards. You can also include a mixtape or playlist of your favorite songs with the RSVP cards.

Photography Credits: John Myers Photography

Destination Themes:

You can also incorporate elements from your wedding location in your wedding stationery items. Use inspiration from your destination like specific flora and fauna from the area or add subtle touches like vintage stamps or illustrations of landmarks from your favorite destinations. You could even make your Save the Dates a die cut of the state!

Pet Portraits:

If you're animal lovers, feature your furry friends in your wedding stationery and details. Include illustrations of your pets on your invitations, or day of details. Adding pets to your custom wedding crest is such a fun and unique way to include your fur babies and surprise your guests! You can also make a donation to an animal charity in lieu of favors and include a small note about it in your stationery.

Favorite Hobbies or Interests:

If you're avid movie buffs or bookworms, consider incorporating your favorite films or novels into your stationery. Use quotes from your favorite movies or books as part of the wording. Create table numbers named after iconic movie or book locations. If you love bourbon create a custom Bourbon Bar with personalized glasses and bar signage. Do you have a love for cigars? Have customized cigar matches available to your guests. Or are you big hiking and camping enthusiasts? There are so many unique elements to surprise your guests with!

Cigar Bar with custom matches Custom Cups & Can Coolers Personalized Flashlights as favors

Sports Enthusiasts:

Have fun incorporating your love of sports into your invitations! This is a popular choice for Rehearsal Dinner stationery or fun option to incorporate into Save the Dates & Day of Details.

Photography Credits: Jeremy Harwell Photography

Remember, your wedding stationery is a reflection of your relationship and personalities and the journey that led you to this special day. By infusing your personality, hobbies, and favorites into your stationery, you'll create a truly unique and memorable experience for yourselves and your guests. Let your creativity soar and have fun incorporating those special touches that make your love story one-of-a-kind.

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Example diagram of wedding invitation and each line is labeled

The wedding invitation is the first glimpse guests get into the joyous celebration of your special day. As you plan the most memorable event of your life, crafting the perfect wedding invitation becomes crucial. The wording of your invitations sets the tone and conveys the style and formality of the event. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the art of wording wedding invitations.

The Basics of Wedding Invitation Wording

Start with the essentials. Your wedding invitation should include key information that your guests will need to know - such as the names of the hosts, the couple getting married, date, time, venue, and attire!

The Host Line

Traditionally, the hosts' names appear (aka who is paying for the wedding) at the beginning of the invitation. Whether it's the couple, the parents, or both who are hosting the wedding, introduce them with elegance and clarity.

When the bride's parents are hosting you might write -

"Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter..."

When the couple is hosting -

"Together with their families..."


"You are invited to celebrate the marriage of..."

For those who have divorced parents who are both hosting

"Mr. and Mrs. John Smith


Mr. and Mrs. James Doe

invite you to celebrate the marriage of"


"Mr. John Smith

along with Ms. Jane Doe

request the pleasure of your company"

Pro tip: It's always best to ask the hosts how they would like their names listed on the invitation!

Photography Credits: Dash Photography, Laura Stone

The Request Line

This line is where you & the hosts will be inviting your guests to your wedding.

If your wedding is formal, use more formal language to reflect the occasion

"...request the honor of your presence"

If your wedding is taking place in a house of worship, you will use the British spelling of the word honor

"...request the honour of your presence"

For a more warm tone, you can use

"request the pleasure of your company"

The Action Line

This line is where you will list what your guests will be sharing with you

Traditionally, with the bride’s parents hosting

“At the marriage of their daughter.”

If both couple's parents are hosting

“At the marriage of their children.”

If you’re hosting yourselves

"At the celebration of their marriage"

The Couple's Names

This line may seem like the easy part but there are a few different ways to list the names. There are no hard and fast rules, it's really what you feel comfortable listing!

For different-sex couples, the bride’s name typically goes first, followed by the groom’s name.

If the bride’s parents’ names are listed at the top as the hosts, the bride’s name can just be her first and middle name, especially if they share the same last name. The groom's name will be listed as first, middle, & last name.

If you are wanting to honor the groom's parents, you will put the groom's first & middle name followed by "Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith"

For same-sex couples, you can list them in alphabetical order or what looks best with the overall invitation design

Photography Credits: Laura Stone

Date and time

The date should be listed as the day, month and then the year. It should be spelled out fully with the day and month capitalized. There should be no "and" when spelling out the year

"Saturday, the ninth of April

two thousand twenty-six"

The time should be spelled out as well.

"at four o'clock in the afternoon"


"at half after four o'clock in the afternoon"

Evening is typically listed as after 5pm

"at six o'clock in the evening"

Venue and location

The ceremony venue is written as "Venue Name" and then "City, State" on the next line. Depending on the style & design of your invitation these may be listed as "Venue Name | City, State"

The addresses aren't typically included on the invitation, unless it is a private residence that guests cannot search on a GPS from the venue name.

Photography Credits: Vue Photo, Carla Gates, Paige Molina

Reception line

If the ceremony & reception will be held at the same location, you can simply write "Reception to follow" or "Dinner and dancing to follow"

If the reception is at at different location, you can list the venue name underneath the "Reception to follow" line or some couples choose to do a separate reception enclosure card. This is particularly helpful if the reception will be held a few hours after the ceremony is over.

Optional - Attire

If you are planning on the attire of the wedding to be black tie (optional or preferred) we recommend listing this on the invitation. This way it will be clear to your guests that they are expected to wear tuxedos & dark suits or floor length dresses.

You may also list Formal Attire, Cocktail Attire, or Morning Dress on the invitation as well.

There are so many ways your wedding invitations can be worded! Still overwhelmed and confused? Let us help you order your wedding stationery and get expert help with your invitation wording!

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