Chapter 6: Wedding Party Invitations
Your wedding party is an important part of the Big Day: your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and "very important extras" will be supporting you during the ceremony and helping you plan every detail leading up to the event. Their participation in your wedding should be requested early in your planning process with fun wedding party invitations.
The etiquette in asking close friends and family to be a part of the wedding is among the most flexible in your wedding – your cards will be circulating among the people who know you well and therefore, your personality can shine through.
What to Include in a Wedding Party Invitation
The wedding party invitation specifies what role the recipients will play in the wedding.
Who to send wedding party invitations
Wedding Party Invitation Format
Because your wedding party invitations will not be in wide circulation (meaning your entire guest list won't receive one), there is no longstanding tradition regarding format or style. Even very formal weddings or weddings with a specific theme do not require matching wedding party invitations, but sending them out is considered a nice touch.
It is not necessary to have the same card and card format for every role (i.e. Will You Be My Flower Girl cards may be styled to appeal to a young girl, whereas Will You Be My Bridesmaid cards may take a more adult tone and design).
Popular wedding party invitation formats
When to Order Wedding Party Invitations
Order wedding party invitations as soon as you have determined which wedding party roles will be included in the wedding. Order enough for each position to receive a card. It's prudent to have at least one card per position as extra, but not necessary.
When to Send Wedding Party Invitations
Wedding party invitations should be sent out as soon as the wedding party has been determined. It is inappropriate to reassign a member of your wedding party after the cards have been received (except under extreme circumstances) so be certain of your decision.
For members of the wedding party who will play a large part in the wedding planning process (most commonly bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor, best man and groomsmen), their invites would be sent as soon as possible so your wedding plans can get started with their guidance and assistance.
Popular Wedding Party Invitation Wording
Simple wedding party invitation wording
Will You Be My Groomsman?
Wedding party invitation wording in verse
Will you be my bridesmaid
and share my wedding day?
Please say you’ll be my bridesmaid
and make my dreams come true.
I promise not to make you wear an ugly dress
with matching ugly shoes!