Are you often confused when you read things like, "The invitation line of your wedding invitation should be such and such…" or when you hear that the request line should include particular wordings? Many people don't know that wedding invitations are written in a particular format with various lines having their own significance. Which is why, here's an introduction to the different lines in a wedding invitation.
Line 1: The Invitational Line
This line explains who is hosting the wedding or who is sending the invitations. For example:
Mr. and Mrs. John Clement Baker (invite you)
Lines 2-3: The Request Lines
These lines are where the host does the inviting and explains what the celebration is for. E.g.
request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of
Line 4: Name of the Bride
On this line, the name of the bride is written. If the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, and their names already appear in the invitational line, then the bride's name need not include the last name, and only the first and middle name are required.
Mary Jane (no Baker)
If the bride's last name is not the same as her parents, or if someone other than the bride's parents are mentioned in the invitational line, then the bride's name has to include her given, middle, and last name.
Mary Jane Walker
Line 5: The Groom's Name
When the wedding is hosted by the parents of the bride, the full name of the groom, including the title, should be written.
Mr. William Stephen Smith
When the wedding is hosted by the couple themselves, you need not write the title.
William Stephen Smith
If the parents of the groom are hosting the wedding, or if they are otherwise included in the invitation, then the last name of the groom is also not required. Only the first and middle name will do.
Line 6: Wedding Day, Month, and Year
These have to be spelled out in full, without any abbreviations or numerals. For instance, you cannot write Tues, 15th June, 2004 on a wedding invitation. It should be written in full as follows:
Tuesday, the fifteenth of June, two thousand and four.
Line 7: Time of the wedding
This is also written in full, in the following manner.
At 1 o' clock in the afternoon
At 8 o'clock in the evening
Line 8: The Venue
This line states the location where the ceremony/ reception is scheduled to take place, which could be the church, hall, other place of worship, home lawns etc.
Line 9: The Address of the Venue
Here too, the full address should be listed without any abbreviations used, such as Av. or St.
108, Lexington Avenue
69, Flower Street
Line 10: Area and City
This is the last line of the wedding invitation, which states the city and the state where the wedding is going to be held.
North Hampshire, London