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Wedding Invitation Wording

06 Jun Wedding Invitation Wording

How to word your wedding invitation can sometimes be more stressful than picking out your invitation. This does not have to be complicated, and we are here to assist you. We have put together some etiquette guidelines along with sample wording. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please email us, we are more than happy to help you!

The Wedding Invitation

The names of the hosts should be listed at the top of the invitation.

The invitation should include:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the hosts (traditionally, the parents of the bride)
  • Ceremony date, day of week, time and location
  • Women who are widowed should be addressed according to their late husband’s name, with “Mrs.” as the title (i.e. Mrs. George Brown).

The word “and” in between two names traditionally implies that those people are married. Names of unmarried hosts or guests should be stacked.

The phrase “request the honor of your presence” is typically reserved for a church or place of worship. You are welcome to spell it as either “honor” or “honour”. Just make sure you match it on your reply card with “favor” or “favour.”

If the wedding ceremony and reception are being hosted in the same location, there is no need for a reception card. At the bottom of the invitation, you can simply state “Reception to follow”.

Try not to use abbreviations. Traditionally, middle names, street information and state names are spelled out. If you do choose to list the date or any other information in a more casual manner, be consistent across all pieces of the invitation suite. Zip codes are generally omitted.

Etiquette and Wording Examples

Formal and/or traditional weddings being held in a church and hosted by the parents of the bride:

Mr. and Mrs. William Schneider
Request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Elizabeth
to
Arthur James Forte
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
Saint Joseph Cathedral
San Diego, California

Formal and/or traditional weddings being held outside of a church and hosted by the parents of the bride:

Mr. and Mrs. William Schneider
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Elizabeth
to
Arthur James Forte
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
The Fountainebleau Hotel
Miami, Florida

Formal and/or traditional weddings being held outside of a church and hosted by both sets of parents:

Mr. and Mrs. William Schneider
And
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Forte
equest the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Jessica Elizabeth
to
Arthur James Forte
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
The Fountainebleau Hotel
Miami, Florida

Less formal or non-traditional weddings being hosted by both sets of parents and the bride and groom – there are a myriad of ways to arrange the wording, so feel free to be creative:

Together with their families
Jessica Elizabeth
&
Arthur James Forte
invite you to share in their joy
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
The Fountainebleau Hotel
Miami, Florida

Less formal or non-traditional weddings being hosted by the bride and the groom:

Jessica Elizabeth
&
Arthur James Forte
joyfully request
the pleasure of your company
at their wedding celebration
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
The Fountainebleau Hotel
Miami, Florida

Divorced parents

Formal and/or traditional weddings being held in a church and hosted by the divorced parents of the bride (include parents’ names on separate lines):

Ms. Mary McCarthy
Mr. William Schneider
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Elizabeth
to
Arthur James Forte
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
Saint Joseph Cathedral
San Diego, California

One parent has remarried:

Ms. Mary McCarthy
Mr. and Mrs. William Schneider
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Elizabeth
to
Arthur James Forte
Saturday, the twenty-third of June
two thousand and twelve
at half-past four o’clock
Saint Joseph Cathedral
San Diego, California