wedding invitation wording


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1. HOST LINE

The hosts of the wedding should be listed here. This can be the bride's parents, the groom's parents, both, or neither. For more informal wording, the parent's first and last names can be listed instead of using titles. For example: Cheryl and William Lewis (the woman's name is listed first, as the man's first name should not be separated from his last name). See below for the various hosting scenarios and coordinating wording examples. 

2. REQUEST ATTENDANCE

There are many different ways to word the request line. For formal weddings "request the honor of your presence" is the traditional line used (spelling changes to "honour" if the ceremony is taking place in a house of worship). Other popular wording options includes:
"request the pleasure of your company"
"invite you to celebrate"
"cordially invite you to attend"

3. BRIDE'S NAME*

The bride is listed first. If her parents are mentioned, only her first and (optional) middle name are required.
*Or groom's name for same-sex marriages. For the sake of trying to clearly explain invitation wording, we default to a bride & groom scenario

4. GROOM'S NAME*

The groom is listed next. If his parents are mentioned, only his first and (optional) middle name are required. Otherwise, his full name is listed.
*Or bride's name for same-sex marriages. For the sake of trying to clearly explain invitation wording, we default to a bride & groom scenario

5. DATE & TIME

The month, day, year, and time is spelled out. For ceremony times that are on the half hour, "half after six" is the preferred wording over "half past six" on invitations. For more modern invitation designs, it is perfectly okay to use numbers or abbreviate. 

6. CEREMONY VENUE

According to traditional wording etiquette, the street address is not required - just the city and state. Nowadays, it is common to see the street address listed on modern invitations.

7. RECEPTION LINE

This is only listed if the ceremony and reception are happening in the same location. Otherwise, reception information is listed on a seperate card.

8. ATTIRE

This is only listed for "black tie", "black tie optional", and "black tie invited" weddings. It is traditionally located in the bottom right corner of the invitation, unless there is a design/graphic that would require it to be move elsewhere on the layout. If your invitation suite has a reception card then attire would be listed on that card instead.

 

 

 

wording STRUCTURE EXAMPLES
BaSED ON WEDDING HOSTS

On these examples, we are defaulting to formal wording on the request line and the way the names are written.
Feel free to change up the actual verbiage, as these examples are here to help you determine the best structure for your invitation wording.

 

 

BRIDE'S PARENTS HOSTING

Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Marie
to
Kevin Paul Harris

BRIDE'S PARENTS HOSTING
WITH MENTION OF GROOM'S PARENTS

Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Marie
to
Kevin Paul
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harris

GROOM'S PARENTS HOSTING

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harris
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their son
Kevin Paul
to
Jessica Marie Lewis

-or-

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harris
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Jessica Marie Lewis
to their son
Kevin Paul

BOTH PARENTS HOSTING

Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis
along with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harris
request the honor of your presence
the marriage of their children
Jessica Marie
and
Kevin Paul

-or- 

Mr. & Mrs. William Lewis
and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Harris
request the honor of your presence
the marriage of their children
Jessica Marie
and
Kevin Paul

COUPLE + PARENTS HOSTING

Together with their families (or "parents")
Jessica Marie Lewis
and
Kevin Paul Harris
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage ceremony

COUPLE HOSTING

Jessica Marie Lewis
and
Kevin Paul Harris
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage ceremony

NO MENTION OF HOSTS

The honor of of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Jessica Marie Lewis
and
Kevin Paul Harris

NO MENTION OF HOSTS
WITH PARENT'S NAMES

The honor of of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Jessica Marie
daughter of Cheryl and William Lewis
and
Kevin Paul
son of Diana and Joseph Harris
 

DIVORCED PARENTS

As every family is unique, it can be totally appropriate to either list or omit stepparents. We recommend discussing the issue with your family to see what will work best for all parties.
The wording examples provided can be used as a starting point, and then modified accordingly. We typically recommend using 'and' or 'along with' between the parents' names for readability. This also gives flexibility for non-traditional invitation layouts. Listing each name on its own line with no adjoining word is also an option.