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We have some invitation suites that are our absolute favorite and would like to share them with you! There's a lot that goes into a custom wedding stationery suite including the printing processes, the color selections, and all the little intricate details that tie the suite together from the Save the Date to the Day of Stationery.

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Updated: May 28, 2020

The wedding invitation is a window into the celebration that lies ahead. The invite will of course introduce the tone and style but it is just as important to share details of the day. In this post we’ll cover the general flow of the wedding invitation itself. A traditional wedding invite follows specific etiquette, but it doesn’t have to be tricky or complicated. And once you know the basics you can choose which rules to bend for a more modern take.

A traditional wedding invite will typically include the following details in the order below:

1. Host Line

2. Request

3. Couple’s Names

4. Date and Time

5. Ceremony Venue

6. Reception

7. Attire (optional)

Host line

The Host Line highlights those who are hosting, or as is traditionally the case, those who are funding the celebration. Traditionally, this has been the bride’s parents but more and more we are seeing both sets of parents chip in or the couple hosting themselves or with some help from their families. We’ll share more on the many different host options in an upcoming post.

Request line

When it is the parents hosting we typically see the host names followed by:

Request the honour (or honor) of your presence at the marriage of…

We use the British-style “honour” with a “u” to indicate a ceremony that takes place in a house of worship.

Other options include:

Request the presence of your company at the marriage of…

Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of…

When the couple is hosting we might see:

Your presence is requested at the marriage of…

Together with their families…invite you to celebrate their marriage

Couple’s Names

Ladies first! When a couple consists of a bride and groom then the bride’s name will forerun the groom's. If her parents are hosting, then adding her last name is unnecessary. The groom’s full name should be listed unless his parents are also listed in the host line or if their names follow the couple’s names. When the couple is hosting their own wedding, both full names should appear on the invitation.

Date and Time

Traditionally, the date and time are spelled out in full. It starts with the day, followed by the date and then the month. The next line consists of the year and it is also spelled out. That is then followed by the time. Any time up until 5:59pm is considered afternoon. Also note that including the time of day (ex. in the afternoon, in the evening, etc) is optional and not required.

Saturday, the eighth of October

two thousand twenty

half past five o’clock in the afternoon

For a more modern touch one can simplify the date and year on one line or even use all numbers.

Saturday, the eighth of October | two thousand twenty

Saturday, October 8th, 2020 at 5:30pm

10.08.20 | 5:30pm

Ceremony Venue

The location of the ceremony is of course a critical piece of information. The venue name is listed below the date and time. We typically leave the location address off of the invite. However, if it cannot be found on the wedding website, or if it’s not listed on an additional enclosure card and it can’t easily be located with a Google search then it can be added onto the invite itself.

If the venue is at a residence, then it can be worded as “The Smith’s Residence”

Reception line

A very traditional wedding invitation will make no mention of a reception on the invite itself. Instead, that information, including location, address and timing will appear on a separate card (see image below).

For most contemporary invitations, however, we do see a reception notation. The reception line not only indicates that a party will follow but oftentimes it will note where it will be. Many invites now include a line such as:

Dinner and dancing to follow

Reception to follow

If the location is different from that of the ceremony then the reception venue is often listed just below the Reception notation (see image below).

Attire (Optional)

Attire is traditionally only noted when the guests are being asked to where black or white tie. We often note that in the bottom right or sometimes bottom centered depending on the invite design. Appropriate terms are black tie or black tie invited

Check back in when we layout the anatomy of the entire invitation suite. Learn more about wedding invitations or visit our online shop to view our collections.

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What is a wedding brand?

A wedding brand refers to a cohesive visual story that is woven throughout the wedding experience. Often introduced with the Save the Date, a good brand will repeat important elements to build its identity and set the tone of the wedding. When successfully applied, guests will begin to identify and understand the overarching theme, even before they arrive.

Inspiration for the wedding brand or wedding theme can come from a variety of places. Some couples may draw inspiration from trips they’ve taken together, perhaps an engagement in Paris. Others may choose to build their wedding theme around the event season.

Many couples choose to have custom monograms designed. These work like logos of big brands and are often woven throughout all paper products.

And yet others are influenced by specific florals, patterns or a simple modern motif that may guide a strong theme throughout.

Once the design inspiration for the wedding brand is developed it will be applied throughout. Oftentimes the design is introduced with the Save the Dates. It may just be through color or script fonts. The invitations will certainly be a place where the wedding brand is further introduced if not strongly carried through.

In the days leading up to the event you’ll often see elements of the brand used in the welcome boxes for guests. It will show up on the box tags as well as stickers for branded items inside.

On the wedding day you’ll see the wedding brand carried throughout in the signage, programs and menus. You’ll also see it in napkins, koozies, cups and matches.

Visit our online shop for wedding brand inspiration or to see how it can be applied throughout!

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