1) Bride and Grooms names. Typically the brides name comes first, unless the couple are hosting – then it can be written either way. In a more formal invitation middle names are also used, and the surname of the groom. If the parents are hosting, you might want to include an additional line. ‘Request the honour of your presence’ tends to be used in a place of worship whereas ‘request the pleasure of your company’ for more secular locations.
2) The date. Remember to include the year of the wedding – sometimes Save the Dates are sent out years in advance. If the wedding is not on a Saturday, include the day as well as the date on your invitations
3) The invitation. A important addition to the invitation – as it invites the guest to the wedding.
4) Location. The address of the ceremony . If you print directions on a separate slip of paper, it might be wise to also include the postcode on the actual invitation – as we all know how easily pieces of paper can be lost!
5) The reception. This shows your guests which part of the wedding they are invited to. If you are inviting a selection of people to the church and an evening reception, you might want to label it as ‘evening reception’ and suggest places for your guests to eat – just so there is no confusion!
6) RSVP. Unless you are including separate RSVP cards, make sure you give your guests a date to RSVP by, and an address (postal or email) to RSVP to. If you are likely to have any guests that may not have an email address - remember to include a postal address.
And remember if you are inviting 80 guests, you may only need to buy 50 invitations as many invitees will be couples and families.