by Carol Reed-Jones
You can be as creative with your invitations as you like, but be sure to communicate effectively. An invitation should contain wording that
clearly informs your guests that a wedding (to which they are invited) will take place.
Include the following:
- Bride and groom's names
- Parents' names (optional)
- Wording that makes it clear that the guests are invited, and clearly
states whether they are invited to the wedding, the reception, or both
- Date, time, and place of wedding
- Information about the time and location of the reception, possibly
also the type, for example:
Brunch reception immediately following (or the exact time if not right
The Clearview Hall
2727 Recycle Lane
- Optionally--a map and/or written directions to the wedding and
reception sites, particularly if they are hard to find. This is especially helpful to out-of-town guests.
Response card and envelope-- optional, but very useful in getting a
commitment from guests so that you can plan reception food, seating
arrangements for the ceremony and reception, and possible lodging for
out-of-town guests. It is helpful if you stamp the envelope.
Evidently, many people today seem to have trouble interpreting this
standard response card:
M_________ will_____ attend.
Number in party_______.
Some couples have received response cards back with no name, or no number in party, or both. For our wedding invitation, we devised the
following response card:
________________ will_____ will
Number in party______.
For those guests who sent their response cards back, everyone completed them correctly.
- Optional--sentiment appropriate to the occasion (short line of poetry, or a quote about love, commitment, marriage)--when present, usually on
the cover of the invitation.
© 1999 Carol Reed-Jones