Greetings, Salutations and Wedding Invitation Etiquette

I feel quite honored being able to pop in and share a bit about myself and writing with each of you here.  As the new bird on the block, an introduction seems necessary.

I am Mysti Guymon.  I am a mother to two boys, both high needs.  My time is limited throughout the day and most often I can be found writing the old-school way, early in the morning or far too late at night.  I tend to capitalize “my time” when I should be sleeping.  Maintaining early mornings and late nights can make for some pretty exhausting days, but in the end I’m still able to maintain my passion for writing.

Writing takes many different forms in our lives.  Most recently, I’ve had the grand experience of creating invitations.  Grammar, word selection and placement are important faucets when creating invitations.  Most events in our lives are quite casual.  This event, my wedding, took a much more formal stance.

The basic etiquette of wedding invitations:

  • Utilize the full name of bride and groom.  If space is an issue, omitting the middle name is acceptable.
  • British spelling of favor (favour) and honor (honour) is recommended.
  • Spell out all words including the hour, date and year.  Saint (St.) and Mount (Mt.) are the only two abbreviations accepted.
  • In names containing numerals (third) utilize roman numerals (III).
  • For ceremonies taking place in a house of worship, you will “request the honour of your presence” whereas a garden wedding you will “request the pleasure of your company.”

If you are looking at creating your own invitations for a wedding down the road, a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Are you issuing the invitations as a couple?
  • Are you the parent of the bride issuing invitations?
  • Are you the parent of the groom issuing invitations?
  • Is the wedding of the garden variety?
  • Would the couple be wed in a church?

Each question brings with it a different choice of invitation styles.  The first and increasingly popular scenario, is couples issuing wedding invitations themselves.  In this situation, the Bride and Groom’s full names will print at the top.  All pertinent information will follow in sequence of date, time, place.  The address of the location will always print at the bottom of the invitation.

Should the bride’s parents issue the invitation, it would read:

Mr. and Mrs. (Brides Father’s Name)

Request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter (Bride’s full name)

and (Groom’s full name)

on (Month, Date, Year)

at (full time)

Location Name

Location Address

Should the groom’s parents issue the invitation, it would read:

(Bride’s full name)

and (Groom’s full name)

request the honour of your presence

at their marriage

on (Month, Date, Year)

at (full time)

Location Name

Location Address

There are many more issues that could arise when creating invitations.  Some circumstances to consider are a widowed parent, divorced and remarried parents, divorced and one remarried parent issuing the invitations.  As we didn’t have to contend with those situations, you might want to check Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette for suggestions.

As always, writing can be fun, invigorating and inspiring.  Somewhere midst the grandeur comes grammar.  Invitations are no different, even for a writer!

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Mysti Guymon-Reutlinger

At the tender age of seven, Mysti discovered interest in writing. What began as crude scripts for plays turned into a love of words. A few teachers along the way encouraged Mysti's interest and ability in writing. As a young child, she partook in Young Authors contests as well as all local writing contests. Various awards were received and writings published. As an adult, Mysti has continued a love of words. She has had writings appear in The Work-At-Home-Mom Magazine, Migraine Expressions and much more. An eclectic blend of writing has allowed Mysti the opportunity to utilize her own life experiences to assist others in a variety of manners.

17 thoughts on “Greetings, Salutations and Wedding Invitation Etiquette”

  1. Weddings are considered to be always significant for people who are inlove with each other.Wedding accesories, like cufflinks, are part of weddings’ art and elegance. When done out of love, weddings are just so hard to forget.

  2. There is no etiquette to the type of paper to be used, but having clean cut edges and if using velum, no tape or glue marks offers a much more professional appearance. You can use spray glues with any type of card stock and if cutting your own paper to size, invest in a good strait-edge ruler with the razor included.
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    1. Designing custom wedding invitations sounds like a wonderfully creative and rewarding endeavor. I love seeing some of the more creative invitations some couples put together for their weddings.

  3. Excellent article. I believe this will certainly help a lot of guys, and in particular those who are younger and need a good and solid advice.

    Keep up the excellent work!

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  4. Thank you for the recommendation. I’ll be sure to need it when I plan my wedding (which will probably be in April this year)

  5. Thank you for the good advice. I’m going to make use of it when I plan my wedding (which is going to be in November this year!)

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