Whose name goes first, Bride or Groom?

I get it. Your wedding is the most important day of your life and you want everything to be perfect. I often have clients asking whose name should be written first, the Bride or Groom’s?

Well, there’s a few ways to look at this as there is no actual rule of thumb for this particular topic. Usually I find myself putting the Brides name first, but this isn’t always true. I mainly tell my clients that your invitations need to be clear. Your guests need to know who’s getting married, when, where, and how to get in touch (rsvp). That’s it! Everything else is just filler text. I like to tell my couples that it’s a preference. Some believe their name should be first, while others tend not to make a huge fuss over it. It’s really all about your personal preference and there’s no right or wrong way with this.

However, in certain cultures the Bride and Groom both have different invitations and these get distributed to his or her own families and friends. For example, in South Asian communities, the Bride’s side will start with the Parents names, then by the Bride’s name, then the Groom’s name followed by the Groom’s Parents and vice versa for the Groom’s side. For some cultures, this is order. These invitations are very personal and it’s the first look at your wedding by your guests. With this type of “order” guests already know whose son or daughter is getting married and to which new family they will be part of. To look at it on a positive note, both the Bride and Groom names are first and for most cards the invitation designs are the same, just with the details flipped.

I’ve done countless amounts of invitations that follow this structure, but it’s important to note that not everyone follows these rules. Some are more specific than others, and like I said earlier, it’s all about your preference and in some cases your culture/tradition.

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