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The days of Emily Post’s etiquette rules are not always true in today’s world. The wording of formal wedding invitations vary greatly depending on who is hosting the wedding. Fifty years ago, it was traditional for the bride’s parents to host, but today, there are no rules to who can or should host the wedding. For instance, any of the following scenarios could be your wedding:

  • Bride’s parents host the wedding
  • Bride’s parents, who are divorced and remarried, host the wedding together
  • Bride’s mother and stepfather host
  • Bride’s father and stepmother host
  • Bride’s only living parent hosts
  • Groom’s parents host
  • Both the bride’s and the groom’s parents host
  • Bride’s parents host, and groom’s parents’ names are included
  • Bride and groom host
  • Both families host together
  • Bride’s other family members host

Whichever scenario is the case for your wedding, Bliss Paper Boutique’s templates can help you properly format your invite to accommodate your needs. Browse our large variety of wedding invitations here.

Grammar Rules

Do you have other questions? Such as punctuation and style rules? We’re here to help. Below are some general do’s and don’ts:

  • No punctuation is used except after courtesy titles such as Mr. and Dr.
  • Capital letters are to be used at the beginning of sentences as you would read them and not to be used at the beginning of every line
  • Proper names and courtesy titles are capitalized
  • Numbers in the date are spelled out and follow the day of the week (ex: Saturday, the seventh of June)
  • Years can be used but are not necessary. If you wish to include the year, be sure to spell it out (ex: Two thousand and eighteen)
  • The time is spelled out and written to describe the placement of hands on a clock. Examples:
    • Half after four or half past four (not 4:30 p.m.)
    • Two o’clock in the afternoon (not 2:00 p.m.)
    • Six o’clock in the evening
    • Formal invitations are usually written in third-person. For example, “Mr. and Mrs. Ken Smith” instead of “We”
  • In general, avoid using abbreviations. Always spell out commonly abbreviated words such as street, months, days of the week, etc.
  • Be sure to spell out contractions (ex: “do not” instead of “don’t”)

How to address the children issue

There really is no easy way to tell your guests that their children are not invited. The most faint approach is to spread the “no kids” restriction by word of mouth or on your wedding website. If you are looking for a more “formal” statement, here are two ways to avoid putting the news directly on the invitation:

  • Note “Adult Reception” on the reception card
  • On the response card, write the following:
    • Please respond on or before (Date)
    • M_________________
    • Number of Adults____

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