In formal wedding invitation wording, there are certain etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to spelling and abbreviations. Although, there are now modern twists to some of these traditional rules with some of today’s trendy invitation designs.
Here we will review formal etiquette standards for spelling and abbreviations along with some related modern-day variations…
- Non-professional titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are acceptable abbreviations.
- You will also notice some examples of wording that list the first names of the couple’s parents without using these titles so it’s your preference.
- Professional titles such as Doctor should be spelled out completely.
- Symbols are not typically used. So, for example, the word ‘and’ should be spelled out.
- Some of today’s wedding invitations use the ampersand symbol (&) as part of their contemporary look as in this Botanical Garden design.
- Your wedding date (month, day and year) should be written in words instead of numbers.
- Trendy wedding invitation designs may include the date of your wedding printed as we normally write it using numbers for the day and year.
This Swirled Decadence invitation actually highlights the numeric date in a larger lettering style.
This Elegant Swirls invitation emphasizes the date in all numbers at the top and again within the wedding invitation wording.
- Times should appear in words and without the abbreviations of a.m. or p.m. Instead, use the phrase ‘in the afternoon’ or ‘in the evening’ to be specific.
- Some modern designs do list the time using numbers followed by a.m. or p.m. as shown on the Contemporary Ikat invitation.
- Names of states and words such as ‘Street’, ‘Boulevard’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Trail’, etc. should be written in their entirety.
As a reference, here is the Avante-Gard invitation that features traditional, formal wording etiquette.
As you can see by these few examples, our selection of modern wedding invitations offers a lot of variation in how some of your wedding details are listed as part of the design. In fact, traditional etiquette may even be combined with some contemporary elements.