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Since the wedding invitation should be written in formal style, there are some traditional rules to follow. To make this delicate job easy for you, we have prepared comprehensive guidelines for writing a wedding invitation formulated in seven simple steps: 

1. Who’s hosting?
When composing a wedding invitation, the first thing you need to mention is the host. But before you automatically write it down, you should ask yourself: who is the host of this event? Traditionally, the bride’s parents are hosting a wedding so the invitation should actually come from them.

2. The Request
The second line of your invitation should be the one that requests that your guests attend your wedding.

3. The Couple
When mentioning the couple, you should respect the etiquette and list the bride first. You should use first and middle names only. When you are mentioning the groom, make sure that you write his title, middle name and surname.

4. Date and Time
Traditionally, these are spelled out. The day and month should be capitalised since it is the most important information that you are putting in your invitation.

5. The Location
Whenever the location is well-known, a street address is not necessary, but a suburb or city should be included. A postcode is never included.

6. The Reception Line
You should indicate whether the reception is to follow directly after, and include the location. You can also use a separate reception card, particularly if you need to include more details. You definitely need to provide all the necessary information for your guests, but you should be careful not to burden your official invitation with too much content.

7. The Response Line
Traditionally, R.S.V.P is positioned discreetly in the bottom left. You should not make this detail too obvious because it is not polite to make your guests feel pressured to response to your invitation.

There are also some unspoken rules about wedding invitations and one of them is that dress code should never be included. It depends on the time of day which means that morning or afternoon weddings would imply lounge suits for male guests, and if the wedding is to commence after 6pm, black tie would be appropriate. As a courtesy for guests who may not understand these guidelines, you may include a discreet attire line in the bottom right corner.
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