Wedding Invitation Wording – Helpful Hints

Wedding Invitation Wording can be daunting and always a gray area for brides since you are not sure where to start. We always try to help and educate our brides as much as we can with wording and etiquette, hints and tips. With all the questions that we receive we decided to compile a list of helpful hints to help answer any questions and help you get the best out of your wedding invitations.

1. Abbreviations

To be socially correct, all words should be spelled out on invitations, accessory cards and envelopes .
EX: “Road” instead of “Rd.”, “Boulevard” instead of “Blvd.”, “Indiana” instead of “IN”.


  • Honorifics may be abbreviated (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., military rank, etc.).
  • “St.” or “Sts.” may be used for “Saint” or “Saints”.
  • Numerical time should use the abbreviations “a.m.” and “p.m.”.
  • “Junior” or “Senior”, when used in a name, are correctly abbreviated “Jr.” or “Sr.”. They should always be separated from the last name by a comma.

2. Time

Invitations require time to be spelled out, whereas numerals may be used on accessory cards.

  • Invitations:

    • Time should be spelled out.
    • Time should never be capitalized.
    • Time, on the hour, should be followed by “o’clock” (Note: lowercase and apostrophe).
    • Do not use “o’clock” if the time is not on the hour.
    • Time, not on the hour, should be hyphenated. EX: “two-thirty” instead of “two thirty” or “two forty-five” instead of “two forty five”.
    • Time should always be followed by “in the morning”, “noon”, “in the afternoon”, “in the evening”, or “midnight”.
      • 12:01 a.m.-11:59 a.m. is morning.
      • 12:00 p.m. is noon.
      • 12:01 p.m. – 5:59 p.m. is afternoon.
      • 6:00 p.m.- 11:59 p.m. is evening.
      • 12:00 a.m. is midnight
  • Accessory Cards:

    • Time may be spelled out, following the invitation rules above, or numerals may be used.
    • When numerals are used, they should be followed by “a.m.” or “p.m.” (Note: lowercase and periods)
    • “Immediately” may be used as a substitute for time. The use of “immediately” and a time is redundant.
      EX: “Reception immediately following ceremony” is correct, whereas “Reception immediately following ceremony at six o’clock in the evening” is incorrect.

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On the accessory cards, date and time formats should be consistent. If time is not provided, you may spell out the date, abbreviate it, or use a numerical date.

  • Invitations:

    • Date should be spelled out.
    • Date should be preceded by the day of the week, spelled out.
    • Day of the week and date should be separated by a comma.
    • Year is printed on a separate line and may be omitted, if desired.
    • Month and year should not be separated by a comma.
    • EX: “on Saturday, the fifth of June
      Two thousand and four”
  • Accessory Cards:

    • If time is used on the accessory card, be consistent with the date. In other words, when spelling out the time, spell out the date. If you use numerical time, use a numerical date.
    • If time is not used, any of the following formats are acceptable:
      • on Saturday, the fifth of June
      • on Saturday, June 5, 2004
      • on Saturday, June 5th
      • June 5, 2004

4. Symbols

We often see the use of symbols to represent words. This is increasingly popular, yet remains a social faux pas. EX: “Mr. & Mrs.” instead of “Mr. and Mrs.”


5. Capitalization

Etiquette dictates the following protocol:

  • Names of people and places are always capitalized.
    • “corner” as in “corner of Fifth and Main Streets” is not capitalized.
  • When spelling out the year, capitalize the “t” in Two: Two thousand and eight.
  • Sentences (or each new thought on an invitation) always begin with a capital letter.

6. Zip Codes

They do not belong on invitations or most accessory cards. They are appropriate on outer envelopes, r.s.v.p. envelopes and at home cards.

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7. Spelling

Ask someone else to proofread your wording, paying close attention to proper nouns. Many common words are often misspelled, or misused. EX: “night” is better than “nite”. Should it be “to” or “too”?

Make sure your venue location is also spelled correctly, your invitation designer cannot catch this as a possible error.

8. Grammar

  • Pronouns should be consistent throughout your invitations. If using first person pronouns (I, we, us, our and me), use them everywhere. If using third person pronouns (them, they, their), use them everywhere.
  • Do not use punctuation at the end of a line, such as commas and periods, in your invitation wording.

9. And vs. To

  • When parents for both bride and groom are issuing the invitation, the word between the bride and groom’s names should be “and”, not “to”.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Jones
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their children
    Mary Anne
    Richard Allen
  • When the invitations are issued by parent(s) of just the bride or just the groom, the word between the bride and groom’s names should be “to”, not “and”.
    Ex. Mr. and Mrs. John Jones
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Mary Anne
    Mr. Richard Allen Smith

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10. Respond Date

  • Respond date should be two to four weeks before the wedding date.
  • Respond date should ALWAYS be before the wedding date. You would be surprised how many people get these two dates switched.


11. Consistency

  • Use the same ink color/design on your invitations and accessory cards.
  • Use the same typestyle/design on your invitations and accessory cards.
  • Use accessory cards that match your invitations.

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12. Additional Tips

  • Make sure you have filled out all necessary information for every item.
  • Make sure you have ordered enough. It is much cheaper to order a few extra initially than it is to order a few extra later, usually at the designer’s minimum.
  • If your wedding date is more than six months away, it is considerate to send Save The Date cards six to twelve months before the wedding and invitations four to six weeks before the wedding.
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Paper Printing Options

Starting the wedding invitation process can seem like a scary task. When it comes to wedding stationery, there is a growing list of options that are offered! Here is a quick guide to the variety of options out there and what we at Citrus Press offer.

Wedding Invitation: Digital Printing

Digital printing is about 90% of our business today. This is a flat method of printing on gorgeous 130lb card stock. This is no doubt the most economical option when it comes to wedding stationery. Digital printing also offers the quickest turnaround time for printed invitations at 3- 4 weeks. Save the Date orders can sometimes even be done in 2-3 weeks! The best thing about digital printing is you don’t have to worry about color or design because the printing capabilities are endless and there are many paper choices to select from as well. Order in quantities of 10 starting at our minimum of 20 which is another flexible thing about choosing digital printing.

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Wedding Invitation: Gold Hot Foil

Hot foil printing is a relatively new and increasingly popular option for wedding stationery. This method provides a gold metallic text or design option at a relatively low additional cost. It gives very similar results to a traditional foiling process without the need for a personalized foil stamp plate. It is printed on a slightly different card stock but does not compromise style one bit! This lowers the cost dramatically and helps to speed up the timeline. Hot foil stationery has a 6 week turnaround time. And can be ordered at our minimum quantity of 20.

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Wedding Invitation: Traditional Foil

Foil printing is a very labor intensive process using a customized plate, heat and pressure. It was once reserved only for book covers! Now with increasingly good technology, a foil plate can be created for your personalized wedding stationery. This is a stunning option that is sure to leave an impression! Foil printing comes in a variety of color options featuring many shades of gold, rose gold and copper so it can fit any style of wedding. This method does cost considerably more due to its personalized nature and increases the timeline to 8 weeks. This process also requires a minimum order of 50 invitations and can be increased in increments of 25.

Wedding Invitation: Letterpress

Letterpress invitations are no doubt, one of the most beautiful and timeless options. This format is similar to foil in the way that it is a manual and very time consuming process. Letterpress invitations require a customized plate similar to foil and because of that, can be quite costly. This process also requires a minimum of 8 weeks and can only be ordered in quantities of 25 starting at 50. Because of this, it is a less flexible option. Make sure to contact us 6 months in advance when ordering letterpress invitations.


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Wedding Cake Trends
It’s safe to say that wedding cakes are no longer stuck in the days of white fondant and faux-ribbon — not that there’s anything wrong with a classic. With tons of playful and unique cake designs out there, from asymmetrical tiers to metallic accents, it’s easy to feel the need to have your wedding dessert stand out. Talk to your bakery about giving one of these new wedding cake trends a whirl.

Pssst….we also think that our invitations would pair well with some of these Wedding Cake Trends!

These are some of our favorite….

Wedding Cake Trends – Geode Cake
Your guests won’t be gawking at your engagement ring bling once they lay eyes on this cake. Geode cakes are a work of art, made with sugar cut into your tiers. Choose a “stone” that represents the two of you — the birthstone of the month you’re getting married, perhaps?


Cake Design by: Intricate Icings


<h2>Wedding Cake Trends – Marble Wedding Cakes</h2>
A marbleized cake looks absolutely statuesque on the dessert table. With its swirled pattern, this cake will have your guests wondering how you’ll cut into this gorgeous piece of art. Go classic with soft grey and white colors to really bring home the stone pattern, or use your wedding colors for a more modern and festive confection. Or soften it up with adding flowers and natural tones for a rustic more feminine look, you can’t go wrong with this wedding cake trend.





<h2>Wedding Cake Trends – Metallics</h2>
Another Wedding Cake Trend is… Metallics.. you’ve pulled at our heart strings for quite some time now and I do believe you’re going to continue to pull this new year. Warm metallics are on the radar. Metallics shine proud and loud all on their own, or paired with virtually any color(s). Copper and Rose Gold have been the most popular out of all the metallics this season. Copper and Rose gold is soft and beautiful AND it works equally well with soft color palettes and bold.





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This Boho Wedding shoot was long in the making. It was originally supposed to be a beach boho shoot, but with a lot of obstacles to take on we decided to change the theme and look to an Industrial Boho Earthy vibe. We finally had the date pinned down and our amazing ideas started to form. So, on a hot, sunny day back in September, I collaborated with Glitz Events, Tufted Vintage Rentals, and Monkia Gauthier Photography, to style this organic earthy inspiration shoot. It took place at the newly renovated historic Rialto Theatre in Tampa. What a truly amazing historical building. The arch of the actual theater sold me on this venue. Can you believe it used to be a garage at one point? So happy that the new owners have restord this building and use it with purpose. The texture of old brick walls, painted plaster details and blue tile work, concrete floors created the perfect backdrop for our organic boho shoot. I love seeing the contrast between soft textures of macrame, lace and wool with raw, earthy elements of wood, stones and crystals. A crochet crown from Be Free Hairy Clothing, LLC adorned the bride’s head and a unique stone jewelry from Seaweed Souls completed this organic bohemian look. A unique and amazing macrame suspended cake display by Piece of Cake  (stylized by our team – so much fun) to neutral toned flowers paired with earthy and natural elements by Florist Fire The bride wore a two piece boho chic gown which can be shopped at Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection gown, every detail was meticulously designed to create this beautiful organic boho styled inspiration wedding shoot.

I had so much fun designing the earthy marble invitations and other co-ordinating pieces. I had about 6 different designs before settling on this one. I’m so happy with how they turned out. Working on inspired shoots really help me push myself and really makes me work harder on designing a unique yet trendy wedding invitation.

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To top it off this amazing shoot is that we’ve also been published on Ruffled Blog, check it out!

Many many thanks to our awesome team of creatives and talented vendors who made this vision come to life!

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PDF DIY Wedding Stationery

Finally, it’s here! PDF DIY Wedding Stationey is now available! We are so happy to announce that you can now find our PDF stationery line on Etsy with the shop name CitrusPressCoDesign. This new shop will be the home of high quality printable stationery and paper goods featuring all of the gorgeous design elements and style of our traditional Citrus Press line but for a fraction of the price. Made with the DIY person in mind, all it will take is a simple download to get started. Once downloaded, text customization can begin! Simple to fill in text boxes will allow you to tailor your paper products to fit your individual wants. Perfect for any occasion! Weddings, parties, you name it! Finish up your PDF DIYs by choosing your own printer and you are all set. Don’t forget a matching printable liner! Be on the lookout for many new designs and products to be added to the shop weekly. In the meantime be sure to check out our pre-designed and custom stationery Etsy shop.

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PDF DIY Wedding Stationery: How does it work?

We created these to be simple and to be used with various wording and options. Our PDF DIY downloads are set up as High Res print files that you can edit in Acrobat Reader – which is a free download.  Along with your template, you will receive a ‘how to guide’. You will receive links to download specific fonts as well as to Acrobat Reader. You will need an X-acto Knife, cutting mat, and a durable ruler ( I prefer the steel type) and paper. You can print at home, or at printing outlets such as Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples etc. It’s that easy!

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PDF DIY Wedding Stationery: Editing your template

Our templates are flexible, we made all lines editable so you can add your own text where it suits you. Where you don’t need lines just delete them and leave them blank. Our templates do not allow you to change the image and font colors or sizes (make sure your text will fit) or add any extra lines other than shown. The files are set up so that you can print these on 8.5×11 sheets. Invitations are 2 to a page, and when you edit one, the other gets immediately updated!

Just download, edit, print, cut and send!





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