Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas

Who, when, where?

Who, when, where?

There are three pieces of information that every wedding invitation needs: who’s getting married, where are they getting married, when are they getting married. Everything outside of this is extra.

These extra bits are defined by the type of wedding you’re having, your personality, your stance on tradition and whatever else you fancy. It’s 2019 and there really are no limits. That said, the few short lines required to invite guests to your big day, can be a bit intimidating for many, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Traditional Invitation Wording

If you’re having a traditional or black tie wedding, (or one where family is very heavily involved), you might want to stick with the traditional, tried and tested, classic wedding invitation wording. Things to consider are: who’s hosting? Is it the bride’s parents? Groom’s parents? Both sets of parents? The couple? Are the parents married? Divorced? Widowed? Is it a religious ceremony? Is it non-religious? Etc. If it is a heterosexual wedding, the bride’s name is usually listed first, unless the groom’s parents are inviting,

If you’re having a religious ceremony where both sets of parents are hosting:

Mr Ryan and Mr James Carlisle

and

Mr and Mrs Phillip Banks

Request the Honour of your Presence

at the marriage of their children

Andrew David

and

Alexander Lee

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

St. James Church

Newcastle

And afterwards at

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

A few things to note: as it’s a church ceremony, we request “the honour of your presence”, only the couple’s first and middle names are listed, the date and time are spelled out in full, and zip and post codes are not put on the invitation (more details can go on the information card).

If you’re having a non-religious ceremony where one set of parents is hosting:

Mr and Mrs James Carlisle

Request the Pleasure of Your Company

at the Marriage of their Son

Andrew David

to

Mr Alexander Lee

Son of Mr and Mrs Phillip Banks

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

A few things to note: as it’s not a religious ceremony, we request “the pleasure of your company”, only the couple’s first and middle names are listed, the date and time are spelled out in full, and zip and post codes are not put on the invitation (more details can go on the information card), only one set of parents is listed in the inviting line, and the second set is listed after their son’s name. You can also omit the second set of parents’ names.

If the parents are divorced and still share a last name:

Ms Jasmine Carlisle

and

Mr James Carlisle

Request the Pleasure of Your Company

at the Marriage of their Son

Andrew David

to

Mr Alexander Lee

Son of Mr and Mrs Phillip Banks

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

Things to Note: Each of the divorced parents gets their own line to show them as separate, with the mother’s name coming first.

If the parents are divorced and remarried:

Mr and Mrs James Carlisle

and

Mr and Mrs Reuben Scott

Request the Pleasure of Your Company

at the Marriage of their Son

Andrew David

to

Mr Alexander Lee

Son of Mr and Mrs Phillip Banks

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

It can get quite wordy, which is why lots of people in blended families choose the “together with our families” option.

Semi-Traditional Invitation Wording

For formal weddings where the couple is inviting, most of the same rules as above apply. The differences are in the way the couple’s names are listed and in the inviting line. See below:

James David Carlisle

and

Alexander Lee Banks

Request the Pleasure of Your Company

At their Wedding

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

Alternatively, if they want to include their families:

Together with their Families

James David Carlisle

and

Alexander Lee Banks

Request the Pleasure of Your Company

At their Wedding

Saturday the Sixteenth of December

Two Thousand Thirteen

At Six O’Clock in the Evening

Uber Fancy Hotel

Newcastle

The above are just a few of the variations for traditional invitations and a good place to start when planning your traditional wedding.

Non-Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording

For non-traditional wedding invitations, literally anything goes. I’ve seen everything from song lyrics, to swear words, to movie quotes, to mad libs featured on wedding invitations. I love it when couples let their personalities show in their stationery and I’m so here for this. There is no set structure or wording required. As long as you have the important information- who, when, where- any and everything goes. Here are some examples.

Danica and Rachel

Invite You to Join Them

As They Unite in Marriage Awesomeness

On Sunday the 1st of September 2019 at 2pm

Super Funky Wedding Place

London

Also

It’s Finally Happening!

(We know, We know, It’s only been 10 years)

So Join Us

Erica and Sasha

As We Tie the Knot and Throw a Huge Party!

Friday 7th of July 2018 at 6pm

Party Central

London

So what’s the best wedding invitation you’ve ever received? Are you a fan of traditional or modern invitation wording? Whatever your preference, I hope this post has given you a good jumping off point. Any questions? Let me know!

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