Wedding invitations need to be beautiful and classy, but they don't need to cost you a fortune. If you're thinking of making your own wedding invitations, you can create something just as good as a professional could do. Spend some time creating the perfect look for the card, and then follow these suggestions on what you could write on your wedding invitations.
Start with who the invitation is coming from. At the top of your wedding invitation, there needs to be a line or two stating who the invitation is coming from. This is usually the parents of the bride and groom, but it can also be the caregivers, or pseudo-parents of either the bride or the groom. Basically, it hints at who helped to support the bride and groom with throwing the wedding. A typical invitation starts out like this:
"Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jones,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith"
Allow a separate line for each set of parents. If you are paying for the wedding yourself, then you can include the line "Together with their parents, [bride] and [groom]" rather than listing your parents' names.
Request that your guests attend. The next section of your wedding invitation should invite your quests to attend the ceremony. Generally, this is written as:
"...request the honor of your presence / pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children..."
"would be delighted if you would attend the marriage of their children..."
This line should come directly after the first section in which the people throwing the wedding are named.
If the invitation is coming from the couple and not the parents, then it might read:
"... invite you to join us as we exchange our marriage vows..."
"...request the pleasure of your company at our wedding..."
Write out the full names of the bride and the groom. This is the part of the wedding invitation that everyone generally skips to first - the names. Underneath of the invitation line that ends in "the marriage of their children...", you need to list the names of the children, or the bride and groom. (If you are throwing your own wedding, you will have already listed your names in the invitation line, so this step is not necessary.) The bride's name always appears first, and it is up to you whether you include middle names or not. Generally, last names are not listed if they are the same as the parents' last names that have already been listed. Write out the full name on the wedding invitation like this:
First names alone are becoming more acceptable on wedding invitations these days, so choose your preferred way of writing out the name of the bride and groom, ensuring that both appear on a separate line.
Give the details about the ceremony. The next information you need to write on your wedding invitation gives your guests the details about the ceremony - date, time and location. Often, it will appear like this:
"on Saturday, the twenty-second of July, two thousand and twelve
at three o'clock in the afternoon
at St. Paul's United Church in Anyville".
Again, notice how each section of information is written on its own line on a wedding invitation. As well, classier invitations spell out all numbers, including the date, year and time. You can alter this if you feel it is overkill or if you run out of room!
Include any information about a reception afterwards. If you want your guests to attend the reception after your ceremony, that information needs to come next on your wedding invitation. Include a line like this:
"followed by a reception dinner at the Anyville town hall."
Another option would be to include brief details about the reception at the very bottom of the card. It might look like this:
Cocktails 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Dance 8:00 p.m.
You would only write this information on your wedding invitation this way if the location of the ceremony and the reception were the same.