It's possible to be clear while using a small number of words—here, we break it all down.

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Keeping your wedding invitations clear and concise is the best way to ensure your guests read all the information you provide. So, while it's tempting to include every last detail, it's usually best to save some tidbits for your wedding website and future communications with guests. Here's what to consider when planning your invitation wording.

Wording for the Invitation

Eve Weinsheimer, co-founder of the graphic design studio A Day in May, recommends that the invitation card itself only include the following information: hosts, couple, wedding date, time, location and attire (if necessary). The specific wording may vary in accordance with the formality of the wedding, but should be kept as brief as possible. All additional information, including the exact address, should live on the details card.

Additional Information Card

The details card is typically a small insert that summarizes hotel room blocks, shuttle information, addresses, website info, and anything that doesn't belong on the invitation. "Not only is it practical," Weinsheimer says, "but there is something nice about receiving an invitation and having an accompanying card with all the information in one tidy, tangible package."

Be Concise

Weinsheimer advises her clients to keep the information card concise and simple, including minimal information that helps guests with travel and planning. "This could include a list of any planned events, shuttle information, parking options, and dress code," she says. One to two sentences per detail should cover the information quickly, and you can add the website as the final line. Details like directions, local recommendations, or maps aren't appropriate for the insert and can be shared on the website and in the welcome letter you give to guests when they arrive for your wedding.

Format Matters

If you want guests to read the information on your details card, using the least amount of words possible is usually best. You don't have to bullet point the information, but laying out the details by section and keeping sentences short makes it a quick and easy read. You might feel tempted to lay it out as a personal note with an introduction, but that's unnecessary. Skip that formality and instead use titles for each section so guests can scan down to whatever section they want to reference.


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