Updated: Nov 9, 2020
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Wedding invitations are beautiful and announce to everyone the big news about your big day! When crafting the perfect wedding invitation it is important to know the proper wedding invitation wording along with what to avoid when wording your wedding invitations. Our easy to review guide will walk you through it one step at a time and get you on the right track!
Expert Tips: What You Should Avoid In Your Wedding Invitations
There are lots of little things you will want to avoid when wording your wedding invitations. We have a full list of expert tips on what to avoid so you don’t make an invitation faux pas.
Don’t Write Information Onto The Bottom Of The Wedding Invite. The wedding invitation should only have the traditional information about the couple and where and when their ceremony will take place. Any other information should be included in separate enclosure cards.
Don’t Print Information On The Back Of The Invitation. You would have for your guests to miss important details or information about your wedding so it is better to not print anything on the back of the invitation as many guests will not look at the back.
Don’t Write The Bride’s Married Name. It is confusing for guests to use the bride’s married name before the wedding and an official name change.
Don’t Put The Line “No Kids”. Some couples want to have an adult wedding only which is totally fine but it is important to inform your guests. The best way to tell your guests is to either include this information on an enclosure card and also by addressing the invitation to the couple only and not the family is a clue.
Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette
There is a lot of etiquettes when dealing with weddings and the wedding invitation is no exception. To help you navigate the proper etiquette for your wedding invitations we have compiled a list of the main etiquette tips.
1. Use proper upper-case letters for names, titles, locations along with names of days and months but lower-case for numbers.
2. Traditionally the host of the wedding will have their names on the invitations as well as the couples.
3. Include the ceremony location and its address.
4. The phrase “request the honor of your presence” is to be used when the ceremony is taking place in a house of worship.
5. The phrase “request the pleasure of your company” is to be used when the ceremony is taking place outside of a house of worship.
6. Avoid adding too much information on the invitation. Stick to the host, couple’s names, location, date, and time- anything that does not need to be on the invite can be added with another card.
7. Always proofread your invitation and have a third party look it over as well
Wedding Invitation Wording Line by Line
When you breakdown the wording of a wedding invitation it is important to see each block of wording as a separate section which you can modify, change, or rearrange to fit your liking.
The Host Line
The host line should spell out who is hosting the wedding. Traditionally this line was reserved for who was paying for the wedding but that is not always the case. The host line can be one set of parents, both sets of parents, the couple and parents, or just the couple.
What If Any Parents are Deceased?
If any of the parents are deceased it is perfectly reasonable to add the line “the daughter/son of the late…”
What If Any Parents are Divorced and/or Remarried?
If any of the parents are divorced or remarried things can get tricky. The divorced couple can still list their names side by sides such as Ms. Maryann Smith and Mr. Fred Thomas since they are the parents of the bride/groom. If someone is remarried they can phrase the line using Mr. and Mrs. Maryann Smith and Mr. Fred Thomas.
The Request Line
There is no one answer to this; it comes down to personal preference really. Traditionally, using request the pleasure of your company for ceremonies outside of a house of worship and request the honor of your presence for a ceremony taking place inside a house of worship. With the modern wedding invitation, there really are hundreds of ways of stating the request line.
The Names of Couple
The name of the couple who will be getting married should be clearly stated in the invitation. Traditionally, the bride’s name comes first followed by the groom’s name. If it is a same-sex wedding the person whose family is hosting the wedding can come first but it is up to personal preference.
The Date and Time
The date and time should be clear for your guests to read. Many couples still want their wedding invitation time to be formal and state “Half-past three o’clock in the afternoon” however more modern invitations are using more casual wording.
The location should be listed for where the ceremony will take place including the address of the location name and address. Most of the time this information is the last to appear on the invitation and sometimes is in smaller font.
The reception information should be included in a separate enclosure card. This information should have the location name, date, and time of the reception along with any travel information, parking information, etc…
If a dress code is requested it is best to indicate that on a separate card or most often it is added to the reception information card. It is best to be as clear as possible so guests are not left guessing. Common dress code wording is Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, Cocktail Attire, Casual Attire.
The RSVP card is very important as this is the way you will know who is planning to attend your wedding ceremony and reception. The RSVP card should have a place line for the names of who will or will not be attending and sometimes this card will have guests indicate which meal they would like to have as well.
Wedding Invitation Wording Samples
There is no one way you have to word your wedding invitation but there are a few general styles that most couples prefer to use. From traditional wedding invitation wording to religious wedding invitation words we have you covered.
Traditional Wedding Invitation #1
Traditional wedding invitation word is exactly that, traditional! Generally, it is written in the third person and the bride’s name is listed before the grooms along with all dates and times spelled out in full.
When Divorced Parents and Step-Parents are Hosts
Mariah Carol Griffith (mom’s name) Doctor and & Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs (father and step mom’s name) request the pleasure of your company at the solemnization in holy matrimony of their daughter Tricia Anne and Ryan Chan Bennett son of Mom Name and Step-Dad Name His Dad’s Name Saturday, the ninth of November two thousand eighteen at four-thirty in the afternoon. Jolly Place 266 Miles venue Miami, Florida Light reception follows. The color of the day: Green
When a Single Mom is a Host
Mariah Carol Griffith invites you to partake in the celebration of the marriage of her daughter Tricia Anne to Ryan Chan Bennett Saturday, the ninth of November two thousand eighteen at half-past six in the evening The Oak Park 266 Miles Avenue Miami, Florida Dinner and dancing follow Theme: A touch of champagne gold.
When The Couple Hosts Their Wedding
Together with their friends, families and four dogs Tricia Anne and Ryan Chan Bennett Request the honor of your presence as they Tie the knot Saturday, November Ninth, Two Thousand Eighteen At half-past four in the afternoon The Oak Park 266 Miles Avenue Miami, Florida. It is a bow tie affair.
Religious Wedding Invitation #2
Religious wedding invitations often will reference God, blessings, and other religious phrases that fit with the couple’s religion and beliefs.
God has blessed us with love and friendship. We, Sofia Smith and James Ray, have chosen to begin our new life together on Saturday, August 7, 2021 We joyously invite you to witness as we exchange marriage vows and celebrate with us at 11 o’clock in the morning Christ Chapel of the Valley 11059 Sherman Way Los Angeles
Mr. and Mrs. Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Maria Smith to Jade Collins When they ask God’s blessing on their union And His presence in their new life together.
Formal Wedding Invitation #3
Formal wedding invitations list each person with their full formal name along with spelling out all dates and times. There should be no abbreviations such as St.
When the Groom’s Parents Host
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs request the honor of your presence at the marriage of Ms. Tricia Anne to their son Mr. Ryan Chan Bennett on Saturday, the ninth of November, two thousand and eighteen at two o’clock in the afternoon. Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral Miami, Florida.
When the Parents of the Bride and Groom Host
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs and Elder and Mrs. Castillo Stone Bennett request the honor of your presence at the marriage of Tricia Anne to Ryan Chan Bennett on Saturday, the second of November, two thousand and eighteen at three o’clock. Christian Pentecostal Missions Oak Avenue, Ontario.
When the Bride’s Parents Host, and Include The Groom’s Parents’
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Tricia Anne to Mr. Ryan Chan Bennett, son of Elder and Mrs. Castillo Stone Bennett Saturday, the ninth of August two thousand and eighteen at six o’clock. St. Thomas Anglican Cathedral Manitoba, Winnipeg.
Informal Wedding Invitation #4
Informal invitation wording is much more casual than other forms and may or may not list a host, dates and times may be written and not spelled out and the couple may or may not list their parents.
When the Bride’s Parents Host
Please share in our joy at the marriage of our daughter Tricia Anne Briggs to Ryan Chan Bennett November 09, 2021, at four o’clock. The Grand Oak Cafe Manitoba, Winnipeg Dinner and dancing to follow
When the Couple are the Hosts
You are invited to the marriage of Tricia Anne Briggs and Ryan Chan Bennett. We hope you will join us in celebrating our union on Saturday, the second of June, two thousand and eighteen at six o’clock. Rock Gold Inn Miami, Florida Reception to follow immediately.
When the Groom’s Parents are the Hosts
We will be delectating with your presence at the marriage of Tricia Anne and our son Ryan Chan Saturday, November 09, 2018, at five – thirty-five The Green spring Resorts New York, New York. A reception will follow the ceremony at the same venue.
Modern Wedding Invitation #5
Many couples want an invitation to reflect on their modern lifestyle. Many modern couples will drop the lines about the parents since the couple could be hosting the event themselves or they will select a modern font that does not spell out times and dates.
Modern Traditional Wedding Invitation
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs cordially invite you to attend the wedding ceremony of their daughter Tricia Anne Briggs to Ryan Chan Bennett, son of Mr. & Mrs. Castillo Bennett Saturday the 2nd of November 2018. Ceremony to commence at 10 am All Saints Anglican Church Miami, Florida Followed by a formal celebration at 2 pm Grand Oak Resorts Miami, Florida.
Creative and Concise Wedding Invitation Wording
TRICIA & RYAN ArE TyInG ThE KnOt!!! Saturday The 2nd Of November 2018 CEREMONY/RECEPTION NAME At 1:00 PM Greenspring Resorts Miami, Florida.
Detailed and Modern Wedding Invite Wording
We request the pleasure of your company as we celebrate the marriage of Tricia & Ryan Saturday the ninth of November 2018 At 10:00 AM The wedding ceremony takes place At City Hall, Florida And reception begins by 1:00 PM at Greenville Hotel Miami, Florida. Dress: Tux affair Enclosed is RSVP for August 2016
Casual Wedding Invitation #6
If a casual wedding is what you have your mindset on you should have an invitation that reflects that. The casual invitation can drop some of the formal areas and focus on your names and the location and date of the ceremony.
Short Invite for When a Poetic Couple Hosts + Parents Included
Your love, friendship, and support have guided us to this day. Together with our parents, we invite you to share our joy and witness our love, as we exchange vows and celebrate our marriage. Tricia and Ryan Saturday 16th November at 11 o’clock The Ascot Villa, Provence. A celebration with brunch, drinks, and dance will follow.
For Poetic Couples who are Forming a Blended Family + a Reverse in Whose Name Comes First
Something borrowed, something blue, our Love as old as Time as our vows we say. The earth and skies as witnesses, on our wedding day. Kindly join Ryan & Tricia along with their adorable daughter and sons, Adele, Ace & Adam as they continue their life journey together a blended family, uniting under the law. Saturday, 16th November 2018 At 1:00 PM Cherokee drive Miami, Florida.
For Couples Who Want a Humorous Casual Wedding Invitation Wording
You are expressly invited to the wedding of Tricia & Ryan Saturday, the twenty-third of November two thousand and eighteen at five in the evening Grand Oak Park Miami, Florida Dinner, drinks, and some weird but exciting dancing follows after the ceremony See the RSVP card inside and kindly respond within two weeks. We will be attending your awesome wedding? Indicate true or false. Are you confused about it…? Who we are? Where our wedding is? Where to stay? What to do once you get into town? Your feeding plan? Visit our website for such information. (Drop URL)
Simple Wedding Invitation #7
If sweet and simple is your style you can word your invitation to match it. Keeping it simple means taking out anything that you feel is unnecessary. You might just want to state your names, the date, and location.
When the Couples’ Friends are the Host
With great joy, you are invited to celebrate the marriage of Tricia Anne Briggs and Ryan Chan Bennett Saturday, the twenty-third of November two thousand and eighteen at twelve forty-five in the afternoon. The Oakville Resorts 266 Oak Avenue Miami, Florida After a party of food, drinks and fun follows
When the Couple Hosts
Because you have shared in our lives and supported our love, we Tricia Anne Briggs and Ryan Chan Bennett requests the pleasure of your company at our marriage Saturday, the ninth of November two thousand and eighteen at half-past the hour or two in the afternoon. The Oakville Resorts 266 Oak Avenue Miami, Florida Reception follows immediately.
Short and Precise Simple Wedding Invite Wording
We’re getting hitched!!! Tricia & Ryan 23.11.2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Oakville Resorts A reception of light refreshments follows immediately.
Funny Wedding Invitation #8
If you want your guests to get a good laugh it is fine having a funny wedding invitation. The funniest wedding invitations wording usually makes light of the wedding and pokes fun at bad dancing, parting too much or something of that nature.
Our parents will never ask us why we’re still unmarried. Want to break some steps with us? Then we’d appreciate your response by June 6th, 2021. If you respond on June 7th, come along with a chair and waffles. Derek (fiancé) waited 15,641 days for this to happen.
Life’s a beach, but their lives are about to get a lot better. You Are Cordially Invited to the Beach Wedding Of Angelica Adams and Kelsey Vandersmith Hope to “Sea” You There!
Unique Wedding Invitation #9
If your wedding is unique your wedding invitation should be too. Unique wedding wording information can range from using just your first names, start with a quote or phrase, or make light of a situation.
You are cordially invited to the Joyful Wedding of Sarah Smith and Jackson Wang Please joins us in celebrating their blessed union Saturday, the tenth of August, two thousand twenty-one at three o’clock in the afternoon at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Hartford, CT
Two hearts, two souls, one love for all time It would give us great pleasure if you would join us on our wedding day Sofia Vanderberg and Mark Barren are to be wed on Saturday, the eighteenth of September two thousand twenty-two at 4 o’clock in the afternoon Seattle Tennis Club Seattle WA Dancing, food, and fun immediately after
Gay Wedding Invitation #10
There really is nothing different about a gay wedding invitation other than you don’t have a traditional spot for bride and groom so you have to decide whose name will go first and who will be listed second.
We, Linda and Anna invite you to share in our love as we exchange vows on the 26th of July, 2021 at 4:00 pm Westpoint Resort 665 West Ponte Road Port Jefferson, New York Please join us for a garden reception immediately after the ceremony
Robert Daniel and Markus Green cordially invite you to celebrate and share their special day as they will formally express their commitment to each other with family and friends present May 11, 2021, at 6:00 pm Lava Lake Lane Havasu, Colorado
Wedding Invitation For Virtual Wedding #11
Virtual weddings are in demand now more than ever so it seems logical that you would send out an invitation. The wording for the virtual wedding should include all of the normal information and include the app or website that will be used and link information as well.
With great pleasure Stacey Bullington and Peter Cunningham invite you to join them at the celebration of their marriage…virtually! Saturday, September 9, 2021 at two-thirty in the afternoon (Provide the link)
We’re requesting the pleasure of your company at our virtual wedding of Jessica Lang & Mark Sang Sunday The 4th of December, 2021 at half-past seven in the evening
Wedding Invitation With Reception Information #12
If you are having a child-free wedding it is important to let your guests know that but you also don’t want to sound rude. It is best to not have this on the actual invite; include it rather on an enclosure card or with the reception information.
We are sorry, we cannot accommodate Grace and Sheila due to venue space. We hope you’d still come.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitation #13
When wording the rehearsal dinner invitation is it customary to include the date, time, location, and any other important information the guests should know such as attire. Generally, the rehearsal dinner does not list a host on the invitation.
Join us for bubbles and dinner After the wedding rehearsal for Maddie & Mason Tuesday June 8 8 p.m. The Wild West House 3675 Grange Close Raleigh, North Carolina Signature cocktails provided at the poolside before dinner. RSVP by June 6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Once that invitation is in the mail your guests will be excited to receive the good news and invitation to celebrate with you. Not only should you select an invitation that reflects your style and event type. Also, select the appropriate wedding wording to go with it.
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