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5 Things That Should Be Included On Your Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Chicago Brides

So, you’ve visited countless websites such as Minted.com or Shutterfly and finally decided on the colors and the exact calligraphy writing that you want on your wedding invitations. After all that browsing, you’re still wondering exactly what type of information you should put on your wedding invitation. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 Things That Should Be Included on Your Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Chicago Brides.


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1. Hosts Names

One of the first things on our 5 Things That Should Be Included Be on Your Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Chicago Brides includes the names of the hosts. The hosts are the people that are paying for the wedding which is more than likely the parents, relatives, or the couple themselves. An invitation line names the hosts and is an introduction to the request line. The request line usually indicates something like, “Request Your Presence” or Request the Pleasure of Your Company.

2. Wedding Ceremony Date and Time


Confirming the date and time of your ceremony is essential. You should also include what time the ceremony will start and be sure to indicate the hour and time of day. (a.m or p.m). This gives the guests an idea of what time they should arrive for the ceremony.

3. Couples Names

The most important thing on our list of 5 Things That Should Be Included on Your Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Chicago Brides is the couple's names. Traditionally, for heterosexual couples, the bride's name is listed first. But just like everything else when it comes to your wedding customize it whatever way you see fit. For our LGBTQIA couples, the names are listed either by age, alphabetically, or whichever way the couple chooses.

4. Wedding Attire Details

If you would like your guests to wear certain attire then you should also list this on the wedding invitations in addition to your wedding website. However, some couples choose not to indicate this on the wedding invitation but include it only on the wedding website. You can include something like, formal attire, business casual, dressy attire, or black tie. It all depends on the environment and style that you choose for your wedding.

5. Ceremony and Reception

Some couples have their wedding ceremony at one venue such as a church but choose to have the reception at a different venue. Whatever you choose, be certain to include the name and location of each venue. Your guests will know exactly where they are going and what time the celebration will take place. If you are having everything at one venue, your wedding invitation can include the words “Reception to Follow” or “Dinner and Dancing Following the Ceremony”. However, if your ceremony and reception are at separate venues then you should include a separate reception card that includes the name and location of the venue.

If you would like to learn more about 5 Things That Should Be Included on Your Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Chicago Brides, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.