Wedding Invitations

Your invite is the first glimpse your guests will have of your big day.  It is always great to be able to keep it in a similar style to your wedding.  So decide what type of wedding you will have. Will it have a theme? Will it be formal? Will it be very personal? What will your colours be? Choosing invitations becomes a lot easier once you know what style and type of wedding you will be having.

Formal Wedding Invitations

  • Single or folded cards sent in two envelopes, the inner envelope only has the guest’s name (no addresses), and is left unsealed and placed into the outer envelope bottom first with the names facing you.
  • White, cream or ivory in colour
  • The font used is black
  • The message is written in third person
  • All dates and times are spelled out
  • Capitalize only proper nouns
  • There is no punctuation other than a comma after the day of the week, city and periods after abbreviations (such as Mr. and Mrs.)
  • The address of the church is not included unless it is in a big city where it may be unfamiliar to guests.
  • A gift registry is not mentioned on the invite
  • Invitations are usually mailed about six to eight weeks before the wedding
  • On the outer envelope address both members of a married couple eg. Mr. and Mrs. James Turner
  • Possible enclosures:  Response cards with stamped return envelopes.  Invite responses should be sent to whomever is hosting the wedding
  • Single folded invitations are inserted into envelopes with the fold down and the front facing away from you
  • Single layer invitations are inserted into the envelopes with the message facing you
  • When the parents are paying for the wedding the surname of their daughter is not written



Mr. and Mrs. William Jones

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Elizabeth Anne


Mr. Joshua Ian Smith

Saturday, the tenth of May

two thousand and eleven

at four o’clock

Roselee Methodist Church

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Informal Wedding Invitations

  • Invites may be of various dimensions
  • The colour may be in the theme of the wedding
  • The message can be written in second of first person
  • Fonts can be informal or even handwritten
  • Invites may be created on a CD that is interactive
  • Invites may be designed and sent via e-mail

If you are going to send save-the-date cards to out-of-town guests, these need to be done 4 to 6 months in advance

RSVP means “respondez,s’il vous plait” in French.   “please respond” in English.  It basically means that you should respond either way, whether you are coming or not.

Cost Cutting Ideas

Make sure your invites fit in a standard envelope so that only one postage stamp is required

Design and hand make your own invitation

Send you invites over the internet via e-mail

Do not send separate response cards, include reception information on the invite