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How to Address Attire on Your Invitation Suite

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

It’s safe to assume that it’s common knowledge that weddings are “Cocktail Attire.” However, if you have a specific attire you’d like to request your guests to wear, than it’s appropriate to include it on your invitation suite.

A simple line saying “Black Tie” can be added to your invitation in the bottom right corner.

Elegant Script Wedding Invitation

Elegant Script Wedding Invitation

If your ceremony is taking place on a grass lawn or outdoors and you’d like to recommend wedge heels or a specific clothing item to your guests, this can be done so on either your details card or on your website.

I hope this article was helpful when preparing your wedding invitation suite. For other tips, make sure to check out our Wedding Invitation Etiquette Guide. Feel free to also leave a comment with questions or contact me and we can chat!


How to Properly Write the Date and Time on Wedding Invitations

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Wedding invitation etiquette can be a little tricky sometimes and that’s why we’re here to help! Today, we’re sharing some guidelines to help your properly write out the date and time on your wedding invitations.

  1. Only the date of the week and month are capitalized, unless the design has a unique format (i.e. all capitalized or all lowercase text).

  2. The year is all lowercase. Wedding invitations traditionally do not include “and.” For example, “two thousand eighteen” is preferred over “two thousand and eighteen,” though both are grammatically correct.

  3. The line regarding time is all lowercase. If your ceremony is being held at 4:30, use the phrase “half-past” rather than “four-thirty.”

  4. The time of the day varies based on your ceremony time:
    … in the morning - up until 11:50am
    … in the afternoon - from 12:00pm - 4:59pm
    … in the evening - anything after 5:00pm

I hope this information is helpful when creating the wording for your wedding invitations. Feel free to also check out our wedding invitation etiquette guide for more suggestions. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.


3 Ways to Manage Guest Count

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

One of the biggest concerns I hear from clients is how to make it clear that only specific members of a family are invited or that single guests simply can’t bring a plus one. It’s nothing personal but your venue has restrictions so let’s make it easy to manage expectations and make it clear on your invitation who is and is not invited.


1 | Address Your Invitations Correctly

Whether your opting for a more formal or semi-formal addressing format, the name(s) written on the envelope are the only guest(s) that are invited to your wedding.

For example, if you write:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe
1234 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, California 94597

Then this is implied that only Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe are invited. Any other family members not mentioned on the envelope are not invited.

If you are intending to invite the entire family, then you can either address the envelope as:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe and Family
The Doe Family
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe
Elizabeth, Jackson and Michael Doe

To include the names of the other family members.

This same rule applies to plus ones. If two individuals are in a committed relationship though not married, it’s appropriate to address both individuals by full name on the invitation.

If you address the envelope as “Mr. Jonathan Doe and Guest” and the couple breaks up before your wedding, then Jonathan Doe can bring another guest, one who you may not have intended to invite to your wedding.

It’s best to be as specific as possible when addressing your envelopes.

2 | Add This to Your RSVP Card

By simply adding the line:

We have reserved ___ seats in your honor

to your RSVP card, you can clearly state how many seats have been reserved for your invited party.

3 | Go Bold

I strongly recommend adhering to my first two suggestions before writing on the card that your event is adults only. However, if you’re still concerned, about it being clear that children are not invited, you can add the following line to a details card:

While we love your children, this is an adults-only celebration.
Although we love to watch your children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day.

I must emphasize again to only use this if you’re concerned the other two recommendations would simply not work for your invited guests.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment below!