WEDDING INVITATION WORDING GUIDE

This guide will show you how to write the best wording for your invitation, line by line.
We've included tips for modern, simple, personal and informal invitation wording styles along
with all the wording etiquette considerations. Just replace the wording samples with your details.

COUPLE Choose the couple hosting wording option when you and the groom are paying for the wedding.

NAMES
Bride’s name first, then Groom’s name. For traditional wording include full names. Make it
personal with middle names or initials. For informal and simple wordings, use first names only.

REQUEST LINE
This line is requesting the attendance of your guest. There are many ways to word this.
This line can also be before or after the Bride/Groom names.
Traditional wording ideas:
Example 1: You are invited to the marriage of .... (Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Bride/Groom Names).... invite you to share in their happiness as they unite in marriage
Modern, Informal or simple wording ideas:
Example 1: You're invited to the wedding celebration of...(Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Bride/Groom Names)...invite you to celebrate their wedding

DATE AND TIME
Spell out the month, day, year, and time.
If your invitation style is modern, use numbers or shorthand.

LOCATION
List the name and address of your ceremony, zip codes are not typically included.
Your reception venue and address will go on the small enclosure (also called a reception card).

RECEPTION LINE (optional)
If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, a reception card is not needed.
Simply list "reception to follow" on this line.

FAMILY Choose the family hosting wording option when both families are sharing the cost of the wedding.

HOST LINE
Example 1: Together with their families
Example 2: Mr. & Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mr. & Mrs. Harris ....(Request Line)

NAMES
Bride’s name first, then Groom’s name. For traditional wording include full names. Make it
personal with middle names or initials. For informal and simple wordings, use first names only.

REQUEST LINE
Traditional wording ideas:
Example 1: You are invited to the marriage of .... (Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Host Names)....Invite you to share in their happiness as they celebrate the marriage of...
Modern, Informal or simple wording ideas:
Example 1: You're invited to the wedding celebration of...(Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Host Names)...Invite you to celebrate the wedding of...(Bride/Groom Names)

DATE AND TIME
Spell out the month, day, year, and time.
If your invitation style is modern, use numbers or shorthand.

LOCATION
List the name and address of your ceremony, zip codes are not typically included.
Your reception venue and address will go on the small enclosure (also called a reception card).

RECEPTION LINE (optional)
If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, a reception card is not needed.
Simply list "reception to follow" on this line.

PARENT Choose the parent hosting wording option when only either the bride’s or the groom’s family are solely paying for the wedding.

HOST LINE
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Harris ....(Request Line)

REQUEST LINE
Traditional wording ideas:
Example 1: (Host Names) ....Invite you to the marriage of .... (Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Host Names).... Invite you to share in their happiness of the marriage of....
Modern, Informal or simple wording ideas:
Example 1: (Host Names)....Invite to the wedding celebration of...(Bride/Groom Names)
Example 2: (Host Names)....Invite you to celebrate the wedding of....(Bride/Groom Names)

NAMES
Bride’s name first, then Groom’s name.
Depending on how formal your invitation is, use first names only,
first and middle names or full names.

DATE AND TIME
Spell out the month, day, year, and time.
If your invitation style is modern, it's ok to use numbers or shorthand

LOCATION
List the name and address of your ceremony, zip codes are not typically included.
Your reception venue and address will go on the small enclosure (also called a reception card).

RECEPTION LINE (optional)
If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, a reception card is not needed.
Simply list "reception to follow" on this line.

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