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Wedding Invitation Wording

Wedding invitation wording is an important part of the process of choosing wedding invitations. Whether you are getting your wedding invitations made to order from a wedding stationery professional or you have chosen to do your own DIY wedding invitations, chances are you will spend a fair bit of time deciding on the wedding invitation wording.

Before you can move on, though, you need to decide on some crucial details on how you are going to present your wedding. Typically, the wedding invitation will include the following details:

  • Who is hosting the wedding (e.g. the parents of bride, groom, both or the bride and groom themselves)
  • Names of the guest/s
  • Location, full date and year
  • Time of the ceremony
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • RSVP information
  • Contact details

There is also a range of additional information you may include as separate information to the actual invitation. This could include a return card if you have chosen to let guests RSVP this way, gift requests (such as a wishing well), poetry or a favourite quote, maps and directions or any other special requests specific to your individual situation (such as requesting guests attend in theme for a theme wedding).

Simple and Effective

As you no doubt realise, your wedding invitation is an important indicator for the style and theme of your wedding. Its appearance should represent the type of occasion you are planning for your wedding, so this means that a formal or traditional wedding would have the accompanying styled invites and likewise for an informal wedding.

The words also need to present the relevant details clearly and effectively. With all the planning that goes into the day, it is no good having the guests turn up late due to misleading information.

In the same token, any creative, romantic or inspirational text you include should also be concise without muddling the other important details. Keeping your message short will also make it more powerful and will likely have the best effect on its intended recipients.

Sample Wedding Invitations

With this in mind, let's have a look at some sample invitation wording to give you an idea of some of the wedding invitation wording you can use. You could use these for your own wedding, or modify the style to your individual designs.

Wedding Invitation Wording: Both Parents Inviting - Formal

Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson

and

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williamson

request the pleasure of the company of

<insert guest names>

to celebrate the marriage of

Sarah Smith

to

Robert Dean Anderson

at <insert venue>

on

Saturday the thirteenth of March

two thousand and ten

at half after two o'clock in the afternoon


Reception to follow at

<insert venue name and address>

at five o'clock in the afternoon

black tie

The favour of a reply is requested before twentieth of February

<insert RSVP details> 

Wedding Invitation Wording: Both Parents Inviting - Informal
Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
together with
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williamson
Would like to invite
<insert guest names>
To share the union of
Sarah Smith
to
Robert Dean Anderson
at <insert venue>
on
Saturday March 13th, 2010
at 2:30pm
and afterwards to attend a celebration at
<insert venue name and address>
At 5:00pm
Smart Casual
We look forward to your reply
by 20th February
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride's Parents Inviting - Formal
Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
request the pleasure of the company of
<insert guest names>
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Smith
to
Robert Dean Anderson
at <insert venue>
on
Saturday the thirteenth of March
two thousand and ten
at half after two o'clock in the afternoon
A reception will be held afterwards at
<insert venue name and address>
at five o'clock in the afternoon
black tie
The favour of a reply is requested before twentieth of February
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride's Parents Inviting - Informal

Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
are delighted to invite
<insert guest names>
to attend the marriage of their daughter

Sarah Smith
with
Robert Dean Anderson

at <insert venue>
on
Saturday March 13th, 2010
at 2:30pm
with reception to follow at
<insert venue name and address>
RSVP
<insert RSVP details>
Dress Smart Casual

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom With Parents

Sarah Smith and Robert Dean Anderson
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
and
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williamson
request the pleasure of the company of
<insert guest names>
to share in the celebration of their marriage at
<insert venue>
on Saturday March 13th, 2010
at 2:30pm
there will be a reception held afterwards at
<insert venue name and address>
at 5:00pm
Evening Wear
RSVP
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom - Formal
Sarah Smith
and
Robert Dean Anderson
request the pleasure of the company of
<insert guest names>
in celebrating their union of marriage
on Saturday the thirteenth of March
two thousand and ten
at half after two o'clock in the afternoon
<insert venue>

and afterwards at
<insert venue name and address>
at five o'clock in the afternoon
black tie
The favour of a reply is requested before twentieth of February
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom - Traditional
Sarah Smith
and
Robert Dean Anderson
request the honour of your presence
<insert guest names>
at their marriage
on Saturday the thirteenth of March
two thousand and ten
at half after two o'clock in the afternoon
<insert venue>

Followed by a reception commencing at
five o'clock in the afternoon
<insert venue name and address>
RSVP
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom - Romantic
Sarah Smith
and
Robert Dean Anderson
wish to invite you
<insert guest names>
to share in their joy as they pledge their love at
<insert venue>
on Saturday 13th March, 2010
at 2:30pm

Two souls with but a single thought
Two hearts that beat as one
- Freedrich Holm Joseph Von Munch

a celebration will be held afterwards at
5:00pm
<insert venue name and address>
smart casual
we look forward to your response and ask the favour of your reply by 20th February
<insert RSVP details>

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom - Informal
<insert guest names>
It is our great pleasure to invite you to
<insert venue>
on Saturday 13th March, 2010
at 2:30pm
to share in the joy of
Sarah Smith
and
Robert Dean Anderson
as they exchange marriage vows

A reception dinner will follow at
5:00pm
<insert venue name and address>
smart casual

we look forward to celebrating with you
<insert RSVP details>
Please RSVP by 20th February

Wedding Invitation Wording: Bride and Groom - Informal
<insert guest names>
The pleasure of your company is requested at
<insert venue>
on Saturday 13th March, 2010
at 2:30pm
to celebrate the union of
Sarah Smith
and
Robert Dean Anderson

and later for drinks, dining and dancing
5:00pm
<insert venue name and address>
smart casual

we hope you can accept this invitation and look forward to receiving your reply
<insert RSVP details>
Please RSVP by 20th February

Wedding Invitation Wording: Wishing Well
While wishing us well on our big day
Any gifts are welcome to help us on our way
Though like most young couples we must say
We have most of the things we need from day to day 
It's our honeymoon that would not be so sunny
Without a little extra money
So it's our request
That you make a donation to our treasure chest
And don't forget to make a wish too
So good luck will follow you all year through

Wedding Invitation Wording: Wishing Well

If you're thinking of a present for our big day
A gift of money would really help us on our way
There will be a wishing well
So make a wish, but don't tell
With thanks for showing you care
Luck and love you're sure to share

We hope this guide to wedding invitation wording has helped you decide on the wording for your wedding invites. Good luck with your wedding invitations, and remember to visit Wedding.com.au for all the information, advice and services you need for your wedding.

Quick Wedding Wording Information

  • Traditionally, the father of the bride pays for and hosts the wedding, and therefore the invitations come from the bride's parents obviously listing their names
  • Dates should be written in full in formal or traditional invites. For example, Saturday the thirteenth of March <break> two thousand and ten <break> at half after two o'clock in the afternoon
  • Do not use abbreviations or full stops in formal invitations, including addresses (Street, Lane etc). The exception is for titles, such as Mr. Dr. Mrs. Etc
  • Spell out full names in formal or traditional invitations including middle names. It is better to omit a middle name than simply list one letter. Use roman numerals for any numbers in titles e.g. Robert James Johnstone IV
  • Wedding etiquette dictates the bride should be listed first before the groom where applicable
  • When weddings take place at a religious venue, use 'request the honour of your presence'. Secular formal ceremonies should read 'request the pleasure of the company of'
  • Let your guests know if you are not providing a full meal
  • In general, send your invites about six weeks before the event where possible
  • Adult Reception is a polite way to inform guests you wish not to have children at the reception

 


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