The wedding invitations for your wedding are the first impression guests will have of your big day and the first glimpse of your theme. Once you’ve chosen the perfect invitations, it’s time to decide what is the right invitation wording for you. Don’t worry if you’re not a budding writer, we’ve listed below a range of classic and contemporary wedding invitation wording to help you create or choose your own. Wording for invitations is suitable for everyone, wether you are having a religious wedding, civil ceremony or a same sex couple – your invitation wording is entirely your choice. We are happy to work with your ideas, so get in touch if you want to discuss them.
The Invitation Wording Basics included
Names of the hosts (this may be yourselves, traditionally its the Bride’s parents)
First name and surname of the couple including their titles (Mr, Miss, Sir, Lady, Dr etc)
Where the ceremony is taking place
The wedding ceremony date, including the year (just incase!)
The location of the wedding reception, if different to the ceremony
RSVP date & address to which guests should reply
You might also wish to include on the invite or perhaps an additional insert if the wording is very formal:
Any dress code or theme details
Carriages: the time guests can expect the wedding celebrations to come to an end
If children are invited?
This is of course a small example of how to word wedding invitations. We have had grandparents, children and aunties/uncles being the hosts of the wedding – each family is unique and we will accommodate the wording to your exact needs.
The traditional approach to writing invitations:
Written in the third person
Bride’s name should appear before the groom’s.
The time and date should be written first and the reception venue after.
‘The honour of your presence’ often used for invitations to religious ceremonies such as a church wedding;
‘The pleasure of your company’ is the common choice of wording for invitations to an event in a non‐religious venue.
Generally, names, times and places are placed on separate lines. But you can have these presented as you see fit – we usually take a creative license here!
We can adapt wording for the invitations for different circumstances due to death, divorce and re‐marriage on the bride’s side. For example:
(if either parent is widowed):
Mr David Pedley / Mrs Kelly Pedley, requests the pleasure…
(parents are divorced):
Mr David Pedley and Mrs Kelly Pedley request the pleasure…
(parents divorced, mother remarried):
Mr David Pedley and Mrs Kelly Smith request…
Europeans and most members of the Jewish community send wedding invitations including the names of both sets of parents eg: Mr and Mrs David Pedley request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Susan to Neil, son of Mr & Mrs John Todd.
What is most common today is having 2 (or even 3) sets of invitations, with some quaint churches and unique wedding venues available for weddings, numbers can be limited, so you may only have a few guests to invite to the ceremony and reception, then have further separate invitations to the evening reception. This also works well for invitations if you are having a wedding abroad, and a ‘party’ back home at a later date.
The evening invitations wording is the same as above, just add in the word ‘evening reception celebrating’
You can also have a much more casual wording – if you browse our wedding invitations you will see the various examples on the samples. For example
Claire & Jade
are getting married!
and would love for you to join them
On Saturday 31st December 2016
These seem to be the most used of wordings, as they suit everyone. If you are religious, same-sex, or even need different languages printed on your invites we hope our guide gives you the confidence to wording your wedding invitations. Please get in touch if you have any questions we are happy to help.