We’re a long way past the days when all wedding invitations were written on heavy white or cream-coloured card – all copperplate script and stuffy formal phrasing.

These days invitations are a part of the wedding experience in themselves – they can be fun, quirky, individualised and even a bit cheeky. If you go for this sort of style then you can be a bit more freeform, but if you do want some formality, then you should follow this tried and tested format.

  • the invitations should be in the third person;
  • place the time and date before the venue;
  • the invitees’ names should be written separately from the rest of the invitation text, as should the venues of the ceremony and he reception;
  • you should use formal language, like “request the pleasure of your presence” etc, and
  • your parents’ names should be included too.

If your wedding is child-friendly…

Make sure the venues are able to cope with them – changing facilities, quiet rooms, areas for older children to play and so on. When you’re writing the invitations, mention the children by name or be very clear about the invitation being for the entire family.

Your gift registry

Your wishing well (or gift list if you do want one) should be on a separate piece of paper to the invitation (but still in the same envelope). Make it clear that there’s no obligation to give money or gift cards, though. You should also include a list of potential present ideas for older or more traditional people who would prefer to buy a gift, like some fancy baking equipment or an original print.

Don’t forget your RSVP

Also on a separate piece (but in the same envelope).  Your guests can either mail it back in a self-addressed envelope that you provide.  Or in the newer trend can respond electronically to a particular website or email.

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