Writing Your Wedding Invitations Made Easy

Read this article to find out the correct way to write your wedding invitation, with every single line explained


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

Lines 2-3: The Request Lines

These lines are where the host invites the guests and explains what the celebration is for. For example:

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 surname, and only the first and middle names are required.

Mary Jane

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 names.

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. Just the first and middle names will do.

William Stephen

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, 2015 on a wedding invitation. It should be written in full as follows:

Tuesday, the Fifteenth of June, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

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, hotel, barn 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.


Greenwich, London