So many do's and don'ts - Here are some helpful tips!
Do's and Don'ts Tips
No punctuation is used except after courtesy such as Mr. Mrs. and Dr.
Proper names and titles are always capitalized
The date and year are spelled out and followed by the day of the week (ex: Saturday, the first of March Two thousand and six)
The time is spelled out - Examples: Half after five or half-past five / Six o'clock in the evening.
Formal invitations are usually written in third-person. For example, "Mr. and Mrs." instead of "We."
Abbreviations should not be used. Always spell out commonly abbreviated words such as street, months, days of the week, etc.
Spell out contractions (example: "do not" instead of don't)
Order of Invitation
The first line is often the one who is hosting the wedding. Traditionally it has been the bride's parent who hosted (and thus paid for) the wedding. Now, in many cases, it's a combination of people paying for the wedding.
Following lines - the next line depends on how the host extend, the invitation, the venue and also on personal preference.
The phrase "the honour (or honor) of your presence" is traditionally reserved for a place of worship, a church or synagogue.
The "pleasure of your company" or "honour of your company" usually indicates that the service will not be a worship service.
Other popular wording includes:
...would like you to help celebrate the marriage of
...invite you to celebrate with them at the marriage of
...request the pleasure of your company
...request the pleasure of your presence
...because you have shared in our lives by your friendship and love we,
How to Address the "No Children" Situation
There is no easy way to tell your guests that their beloved children are not invited. The most subtle approach is to spread the "no children" restriction by word of mouth or on your wedding website. If you are looking for a more "formal" statement, here are two ways put the news out on the invitation.
Note "Adult Reception" on the reception card
On the response card: Accept___ Decline___ Number of Adults___