Wedding Invitation Suite
1. HOST LINE - States who is hosting the event
2. REQUEST LINE - States the invitation to join the host
3. NAMES - States who is getting married
4. CEREMONY DATE - States the date of the ceremony
5. CEREMONY TIME - States the time of the ceremony
6. CEREMONY LOCATION - States the venue name and address of the ceremony
7. RECEPTION - States whether or not a reception will be held
8. ATTIRE - States a specific attire, when applicable
More details about each line below.
Host and Request Lines
The host line, request line and the couple’s names are closely tied together and create one full statement. This statement will vary for each wedding based on who is hosting and the ceremony location.
1. Who is hosting?
The host line states who is hosting the event, whether it’s the couple themselves, one or both families, or all together.
2. Where will the ceremony take place?
The ceremony location is important as it sets the foundation for the request line.
“The pleasure of your company” is used when indicating the ceremony will be held in a location other than a house of worship.
“The honor of your presence” is used when indicating the ceremony will be held in a house of worship, regardless of religion. Both the British style “honour” and “honor” are acceptable, with “honour” having a more formal touch.
Specific examples of how to word the host and request lines can be found at the end of this page.
Names to Include - Formal invitations include the couple’s first, middle and last names. Semi-formal invitations will include only the couple‘s first and last names.
Names to not include - If the individuals’ parents’ names are mentioned on the invitation and they share the same last name, then it is optional to only include the first and middle names. In the above example, the brides‘ parents’ names are mentioned therefore, her last name is not included.
Titles - Formal invitations will include a title preceding the groom’s name preceded.
“AND” OR “TO”
“AND” - The modern connecting word between the couple’s names. “And” is also used for Jewish ceremonies.
“TO” - A traditional approach is to use the word "to." The marriage of the bride "to" the groom. This is typically used in Catholic ceremonies.
Whose name goes first? Traditionally, the bride’s name goes first. Place the names of a same sex couple in alphabetical order.
Honoring Parents - If you would like to honor the groom’s parents on the invitations and they are not hosting, you can add the line “Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Owens” under the groom’s name on the invitation.
Military - If either the bride and/or the groom will be in military uniform, it is appropriate to include their titles and ranks under their names on the invitation.
Date and Time
1. Only the day of the 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 day varies based on your ceremony time:
... in the morning - up until 11:59am
... in the afternoon - from 12:00pm - 4:59pm
... in the evening - anything after 5:00pm
Location, Reception and Attire
1. Location - The ceremony location lists the venue name, city, and state. Street address is optional.
2. Reception - If a reception is being held following the ceremony, include “Reception to Follow” as the last line on the invitation. If a reception will be held at a different location, specific details should be included on a details card.
3. Attire - Attire is only mentioned on the invitation when guests are requested to wear specific attire. In the above example, you can find “black tie” in the bottom right corner. If you need to elaborate on specific clothing items, please do this on a details card or on your website.
Wedding Invitation Suite
Host and Request Line Examples
Bride's parents hosting:
Groom's parents hosting:
Both parents hosting:
The couple hosting:
Both parents and the couple hosting:
Divorced Parents Hosting: