By Riley & Grey|Event Decor & Details|February 20, 2024

Modern Wedding Invitations: What Information to Include and How to Navigate the New Trends

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In the realm of wedding planning, the invitation serves as the ambassador of your big day. It not only conveys the essential details but also visually sets the tone for the event. And it goes without saying that as technology advances and our cultures and traditions evolve, the wedding invitation inevitably is going through a transformation. If you’re looking for what information should be on a wedding invitation and what new options there are to consider, Riley & Grey has you covered here.

Essential Information

Consider this both the bare minimum of information, but also plenty of information if you decide to stop here.

  • The Names of the Couple: Begin with the names of those tying the knot. Traditionally, the bride's name would come first, followed by the groom's.
  • Date and Time: Clearly state the date and time of the ceremony and reception. Include both the date and day of the week to avoid any confusion.
  • Venue: Provide the name and address of the wedding ceremony and reception venues. If the reception is at a different location, make sure to mention it.
  • RSVP Details: Indicate the deadline for RSVPs and provide a method for guests to respond, whether it's via mail or through your wedding website.

Who Makes the Cut: Determining Whose Names Go on the Invitation

The decision of whose names to include on the invitation can vary depending on individual circumstances and preferences.

  • For traditional invitations, the bride's parents typically host the wedding and their names appear on the invitation. However, modern etiquette allows for more flexibility, including the inclusion of both sets of parents or even the couple themselves as hosts.
  • If the couple is hosting the wedding, their names can be prominently displayed on the invitation. In this case, it's common to use phrasing such as "Together with their families, [Couple's Names] request the pleasure of your company..."

Embracing Technology: The Rise of QR Codes

In recent years, QR codes have become increasingly popular additions to wedding invitations. These matrix barcodes can be scanned with a smartphone, leading guests directly to the couple's wedding website where more information can be easily consumed. Including a QR code on your invitation provides a convenient way for guests to access additional information about the wedding, such as venue details, accommodation options, and even registry information. Additionally, many couples are utilizing their wedding websites for RSVPs instead of the traditional mail-back RSVP card, streamlining the process and reducing paper waste.

So, while the core elements of a wedding invitation remain constant, incorporating modern trends such as QR codes and wedding websites can enhance the guest experience and simplify the planning process. Remember to personalize your invitations to reflect your unique style and preferences, as seen on Riley & Grey's site, and don't hesitate to seek guidance from etiquette experts if needed. Your wedding invitations are not only a reflection of your love story but also the first glimpse into the celebration of a lifetime.