Wedding Invitation Wording

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Wedding invitation wording, traditionally followed a specific format. However, many couples are beginning to break the mold and opt for a more modern invitation wording. Regardless of your style, there are some basic invitation wording you should include:

  • THE HOST
  • THE INVITE
  • THE COUPLE
  • THE DATE + TIME
  • THE LOCATION
  • THE RECEPTION
  • THE ATTIRE

To help guide you, we’re breaking down what each part means and what it typically includes.

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1. THE HOST:

The first line is often used to show who is hosting your wedding.

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Divorced Parents: Mrs. Jackie Ellen and Mr. John Smith

Remarried Mom: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick White and Mr. John Smith

Remarried Dad: Mrs. Jackie Ellen and Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Both Remarried: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick White and Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Deceased Parent: Mr. John Smith and the late Ellen Smith

Bride and Groom: Together with their families

The word “and” in between two names implies that those people are married.

The names of married couples are on the same line.

2. THE INVITE

This section is where you ask for your guest’s company. If you are going a more casual route then have fun with this part!

  • the honor (honour) of your presence is requested -or-request the honor of your presence (these are typically reserved for a church or place of worship)
  • cordially invite you to attend
  • request the pleasure of your company -or- the pleasure of your company is requested
  • invite you to celebrate with them
  • invite you to celebrate their marriage/wedding
  • you are invited to attend
  • please join us as we celebrate

3. THE COUPLE:

Traditionally the name of the bride comes before the groom’s name. However, if you are a same sex couple or just want a twist, feel free to write this as you wish.

You can include your first name only, first and middle name, or full name. If your parent(s) are hosting, and you share a last name with them, you can leave off your last name.

4. THE DATE + TIME: 

Time, date, and location are SO important on a wedding invitation. With traditional invitations, you are going to see everything spelled out completely. For example:

Saturday, November eleventh
two thousand seventeen
at six o’clock in the evening

5. THE LOCATION:

Typically, you only need to list the name of the venue and the city and state. Sometimes couples opt to include the street address of the venue as well, especially if it is hard to find. Zip codes should never be included on an invitation.

6. THE RECEPTION: 

When your wedding ceremony and reception are at the same location it is okay to leave out a Reception Card. Instead, come up with a fun way to let guests know they are invited to whatever is after the wedding. Many popular choices are:

  • reception to follow
  • dinner and dancing to follow
  • dinner, dancing and drinks to follow

6. THE ATTIRE: 

This section is completely optional, especially for casual wedding. If you are having a more formal wedding, you may want to include that at the bottom of your invitations to make sure your guests dress appropriately.

  • formal, black tie optional
  • black tie
  • cocktail attire

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