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Wedding Stationery Wording

Once you’ve made those important decisions about the look, feel and format of your wedding invitations, it’s time to think about wedding stationery wording. You may choose a classic and traditional format or a more creative approach, but whatever format you decide on, there are some important elements that you should include.

Luckily, wedding invitation etiquette isn’t complicated and I’m here to make sure you know all the simple rules to follow. Communicating the vital details of your big day in a way that represents your love and your intentions for the coming celebration should be a joy! So, let’s break it down and get clear on what should be included and how.

What does each part of your wedding invitation wording mean?

Understanding what to write and how to do it in a way that expresses your own relationship is the most important take-away here. Let’s look at each element so you know what’s what.

Here’s a list of things to include

  • The host
  • The request to come to the event
  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The date and time
  • The location
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • RSVP card

Let’s run through this list!

The Host: Who is Hosting your wedding

The bride’s parents are traditionally the hosts of the wedding and reception. It’s common to include the parents’ names at the top of the invitation. Including the names of both sets of parents as hosts is a gracious option and could score some brownie points in a sometimes stressful planning situation.

It is becoming more common to split the cost of the event between the bride, groom and both sets of parents. If this applies to you, you may wish to use wording similar to “Together with their parents, Sarah & Tim request the pleasure of your company at …”

What if Any Parents are Deceased?

If you want to include the name of a parent who is deceased, you’ll need to rearrange things a bit, as someone whose passed can’t actually serve as a host. An alternate way, then, to include a deceased parent just means rearranging the wording a bit. Try this, for example:

Julia French, daughter of Mr. Adam French and the late Iris French,
and
Austin Mahoney, son of Mr. Camden and Elizabeth Mahoney,
request the honour of your presence
at their wedding
on the fifth of May, two thousand seventeen
at one o’clock in the afternoon
The Reagan Library
Simi Valley, California
Dinner & dancing to follow
Black tie required

What to Do If Any Parents are Divorced and/or Remarried

If the bride or groom’s parents are divorced and you want to include both as hosts, you can include them all, just keep your each parent on a separate line. If you’re going to include the name of stepparent, keep it on the same line. It might seem complex at first, but all it requires is a few more lines. This is an example of a bride with divorced (and remarried) parents’ wedding invitation wording:

Dr. Vance and Elizabeth Gregory
and Mr. James Abner and Lydia Abner
and Mr. Harold and Jane Hyland
invite you the wedding of their children
Amy Abner and Charles Hyland01.06.18 | 4 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
Newport, California
Reception immediately after

The Request Line: Please Come!

There are many ways to ask for the pleasure of your guests’ company. Here are few options:

  • “the pleasure of your company”

  • “at the marriage of their children”

  • “would love for you to join them”

  • “invite you to celebrate with them”

  • “honour of your presence”

(Note: The British spelling of “honour” traditionally indicates the ceremony will be held in a church or another house of worship.)

The Names of Bride and Groom

If their names haven’t been included in the host line, they should still take centre stage a few lines down. No one would forget to add this to a wedding invitation, of course, but you might be wondering whose name should go first on a wedding invitation? Traditionally the name of the bride always precedes the groom’s name. Formal invitations issued by the bride’s parents refer to her by her first and middle names, the groom by his full name and title; if the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.

For a same-sex marriage, of course, the traditional rule of woman first and man second isn’t applicable. You can choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better. Whether it’s “Emily and Zara” or “Zara and Emily,” it’s going to be lovely either way.

The Date and Time

For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). The year is optional (the assumption being your wedding is on the nearest such date). Time of day is spelt out using “o’clock” or “half after five o’clock.” The use of a.m. or p.m. is optional. For casual weddings, numerals are fine.

The Wedding Location

The street address of a venue is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host’s home. The city and state should be written out in full in either case.

Wedding Reception Information

Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card. Otherwise, it can be printed on the wedding invitation itself if there is room; if the ceremony and reception are held in the same location, you may print “and afterward at the reception” or “reception immediately following.” When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if the wedding reception is not immediately following the ceremony.

Wedding Dress Code

Wedding invitation etiquette dictates that the dress code, if it’s to be included on the invitation, is is the lower right hand corner of the invitation. If you don’t include a note on attire, the invitation will indicate the dress code. For example, if the invitation is very fancy, guests will likely anticipating a formal, black-tie affair, or conversely, if the invitation on the simpler side, that indicates a more casual dress code.

Separate Wedding RSVP Card

Most couples choose to include a separate response card for guests to fill out and return in the mail. You also have the option of having people RSVP via your wedding website. If that’s the case, include the website address on a separate card, just as you would with an RSVP card, and indicate that guests can let you know if they can come directly on the site.

20 Real Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

1. Wedding Invitation Wording – Stacey and Peter

With great pleasure
Stacey Bullington
and
Peter Cunningham
invite you to join them
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, July 9, 2016
at two thirty in the afternoon
Santa Barbara Courthouse – Mural Room
Santa Barbara, California
Dinner and dancing to follow at Casa de la Guerra

2. Wedding Invitation Wording -Patricia and Caleb

Please join us for the wedding of
Patricia Ahn & Caleb Wright
Sunday
The 4th of December, 2013
at half past seven in the evening
The Foundry
Long Island, New York
reception to follow

3. Wedding Invitation Wording – Julia and David

Jerry & Georgian Sadowski
and Gary & Georgia Byrne
invite you to celebrate with their children,
Julia & David
on their wedding day
Friday | 07 Sep 12 | 3:30 p.m.
Cortelyou Commons, DePaul University: Ceremony
Peggy Norbert Nature Museum: Reception 6 p.m.

4. Wedding Invitation Wording – Grace and Russell

Grace and Russell Fitzpatrick
are gettin’ hitched!
August 4th 2016
Join us at 5 o’clock
The West Palm
825 Oceanside Ave
St. Petersburg
Merriment to follow

5. Wedding Invitation Wording – Naomi and Harrison

Naomi and Harrison
Dr. and Mrs. Donnor Salvatore Quette
and Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Boalt
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children
Naomi Grace Quette and Harrison Luke Boalt
Saturday, the fifth of November, two thousand and sixteen
Six o’clock in the evening | The Inn at Serenbe | Palmetto, Georgia
followed by dinner & dancing

6. Wedding Invitation Wording – Rachel and Zach

Rachel & Zach
are getting married
October 19th 2013
Four o’clock in the evening
at the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Drinks Dancing Shenanigans to follow

7. Wedding Invitation Wording – Marin and Joseph

Doctor and Mrs. Ronald Kaleya
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Rothenberg
invite you to share in their joy
at the marriage of their children
Marin Sami and Joseph Benjamin
Saturday, the twenty-ninth of September
Two thousand twelve
at six o’clock in the evening
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Dinner and dancing to follow
Black tie invited

8. Wedding Invitation Wording – Rachel and Mark

Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Darby
Request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of their daughter
Rachel Faye
to
Mark Sebastian Catalano
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of September
Two thousand and eleven
at half after five o’clock
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Bali, Indonesia
Reception to follow

9. Wedding Invitation Wording – Stephanie and Taylor

Together with their families
Stephanie May Mattersen
and
Taylor Grant Kealey
Request the honor of your presence as they
Tie the knot
Friday May Twelfth, Two Thousand Fifteen
At two o’clock in the afternoon
Conservatory Garden
Central Park
New York, New York

10. Wedding Invitation Wording – Katie and Jacob

Katie & Jacob
would love your presence in celebrating their marriage
May 23rd 2013 | 3 o’clock in the afternoon
2701 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonvill FL 32296
Reception to follow

11. Wedding Invitation Wording – Chloe and Matthew

Love is in the air
Chloe Marie Sinclair & Matthew James Denton
Have the honour of announcing
their marriage
on Saturday, the tweny-fifth of August
Two thousand eighteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Glochester Catholic Church
Dublin Ireland
C + M

12. Wedding Invitation Wording – Ben and Pilar

We’re getting married!
Ben & Pilar
Please join us
10.11.2014
at 5:30 p.m.
Panorama Hills

13. Wedding Invitation Wording –¬†Philip and Heath

Together with their families
Philip Parker
&
Heath Hartsell
Invite you to join them as they say “I Do!”
Saturday, the twenty-first of August | two thousand eighteen
Six o’clock in the evening | New Orleans, Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans New Louisiana
Dinner, dancing & drinks to follow | Black-tie optional

14. Wedding Invitation Wording – Emily and Michael

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker
Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Emily Louise
to
Michael Chase Walker
Saturday, December 15, 2012
at five o’clock in the evening
The Union Club
Bethesda, Maryland
Dinner and dancing to follow

15. Wedding Invitation Wording – Felicia and Kellis

Please join
Felicia Beth Yoder and
Kellis Curry Cunningham
as they tie the knot
October 4th 2014
four o’clock in the afternoon
Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Sarasota, FL

16. Wedding Invitation Wording – Nicole and Cameron

Mr. and Mrs. William Edward Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Nicole Manning to Cameron West
09.10.2015 at 4pm
Gramercy Park Hotel | New York City
Cocktails, dinner & dancing to follow

17. Wedding Invitation Wording – Amelia and Jake

Amelia Bell + Jake Bradley
Request the honor of your presence
on their wedding day
Saturday, the eleventh of June
Two thousand and sixteen
at half past six o’clock in the evening
the First Congregational Church of Wells

18. Wedding Invitation Wording – Rachael and Ryne

Please join us
for our wedding
Rachael Jordan
&
Ryne Doty
January 3rd
2015
4:00pm
Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd.
*Dinner to follow at *
Blue Palms Brewhouse 6124 Hollywood Blvd

19. Wedding Invitation Wording – Dierdre and Peter

The wedding of
Dierdre Watters Norman
and Peter Francis Carr
St. Luke Roman Catholic Church
River Forest, Illinois
November 21, 2009

20. Wedding Invitation Wording – Lindsay and Eric

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dombi
Invite you to join in the
Celebration
of the marriage of their daughter
Lindsay Marie to
Eric James
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Tkacz
Saturday, May 11
Two thousand thirteen
at one thirty in the afternoon
St. Mary’s Star of the Sea
145 Main St. // Unionville, CT
Adult reception to follow at 4:30 p.m. // Farmington Gardens

21. Wedding Invitation Wording – Sara and Christopher

Together with
their Parents
Hornor
and Christopher
Hannigan invite
you to attend
their wedding
ceremony
Sunday August
25th 2013 at 6 pm
St. Regis Resort
Monarch Beach
California

There you have it: Everything you need to know about wedding invitation wording etiquette, complete with twenty-two example of how brides handled their own wording. Hopefully, these real invites will help guide you as you create your own. No matter what you choose, keep it true to your own tastes and you’ll come up with a wedding invitation you’ll treasure forever!

Credit : https://www.brides.com/story/guide-to-wedding-invitation-wording

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