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Wedding Invitations - Etiquette, Wording and everything you need to know in one easy-to-follow guide

The following are some frequently asked questions and explanations pertaining to wedding invitations:

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  1. When do you think it would be a good time to send out wedding invitations? In most cases, invites should be sent out between 12 and 16 weeks before the wedding. To give your guests time to prepare and respond, but not so much that they forget, this is the perfect window of opportunity.

  2. What should the envelopes say? Guests' full, formal names should be printed on the outside envelope of a traditional invitation (e.g. Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Anderson). Invitees' first and last names should be printed on the inner envelope (e.g. Mathew and Elizabeth). You can skip the inner envelope altogether and only address the guests on the outer envelope if you're just sending out one letter.

  3. Who should be on the wedding guest list, if anyone? You and your partner should invite everyone who holds a special place in your hearts and in the life of you and your spouse. Those closest to you, including family and friends, and anyone else who holds a particular place in your heart are the ones you'll want to celebrate with you on your wedding day.

  4. What should we say in the invitations? The invites to your wedding should be formal and traditional, but they should also reflect your individual style and the mood of the event. Information such as the names of the bride and groom and their parents, as well as the wedding date, time, and location, should be included. Specify the required attire and any other pertinent information. Check out our comprehensive wedding invitation wording guide...

  5. Guidance on how to properly address "plus one" invites for a wedding. You should always include a plus-one on an invitation if you know the invitee is in a committed relationship or will be bringing a date. It is normally okay not to add a plus-one on the invitation if you do not know the person's plus-one or if they are not in a committed relationship.