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How to Write Your Perfect Wedding Invitation Wording in 2024

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How to Write Your Perfect Wedding Invitation Wording in 2024

Wedding invitation wording can sometimes cause anxiety. What happens if you unintentionally misspell a word or forget to include crucial information? Don’t worry! Viva Wedding Photography has compiled a list of wording examples and tips to assist you in creating invitations that are perfectly on point.

1. What to Include on a Wedding Invitation

Wording for wedding invitations with essential details
Wording for wedding invitations with essential details (Source: Etsy)

1.1. The host line

This is the first line of the invitation that indicates who is hosting or paying for the wedding. It can be the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, both sets of parents, the couple themselves, or a combination of any of these. If you are hosting the wedding yourself, this line can be skipped.

1.2. The request line

The request line is the perfect place to extend a warm invitation to your guests for your wedding celebration! This line will indicate the type of ceremony and the level of formality. It can be a traditional phrase, such as “request the honor of your presence” for a formal wedding in a house of worship, or a more casual phrase, such as “please join us to celebrate” for a less formal wedding in a non-religious venue.

1.3. The names of the couple

The couple’s names come next, which is the most crucial information. These are typically printed in larger type than the remainder of the wedding invitation content.

Simple wedding invitation wording samples
Simple wedding invite wording samples (Source: No Ordinary Gift)

In the traditional order, the bride’s name is always mentioned before the groom’s. The formal invitations issued by the bride’s parents refer to her by her first and middle names and the groom by his full name and title. If the couple is hosting the event themselves, their titles may be included but are not required.

In the case of same-sex couples, the order of the woman first and man second does not apply. Name it “Jack and William” or “William and Jack”; it will be beautiful either way. Couples of the same sex can use the alphabetical order or the order that sounds best when writing their names.

1.4. The date and time

It is important to consider both formality and clarity when indicating the wedding date and time. For a formal invitation, the date and time should be spelled out in full, and the time should be followed by “in the morning,” “in the afternoon,” or “in the evening.” In a more modern wedding invite wording, the date and time can be written in numerals, and the time can be followed by “a.m.” or “p.m.” 

1.5. The location

Wedding invitation wording with details about the venue
Wedding invitation wording with details about the venue (Source: Shine Wedding Invitations)

Provide the name and complete street address of your wedding venue, including the state and zip code, with as much detail as possible. Don’t forget to mention the country if your wedding is happening abroad. Guests should be informed about the location they are expected to be at, allowing them to make necessary travel arrangements and find nearby accommodations if needed. You definitely don’t want someone to get lost and be tardy for the ceremony, right?

1.6. The reception line

It is important to inform guests if the reception will be held at the same venue as the ceremony. In that situation, you can just say, “Reception to follow.” If the event is taking place at a different location, you have the option to include that information on your invitations if there is room or on a separate details card.

1.7. Dress code

Guests will appreciate it if you provide a dress code, but it is not required. You can include the dress code in the lower corner or center it at the bottom of the invitation.

Modern wedding invite wording
Modern wedding invite wording includes a link to the nuptial website (Source: Vintage Prints)

If you do not provide any information about attire, the invitation will specify the dress code. For example, if the invitation is highly fancy, attendees will most likely expect a formal, black-tie affair; on the other hand, a more understated invitation signals a more relaxed dress code.

Another option is to include the dress code on a details card or your wedding website.

1.8. RSVP

A response card that guests may fill out and mail back is something that many couples choose to include. Another choice is to allow guests to RSVP through your wedding website. In that situation, you can include the website address on a separate card, similar to an RSVP card. This way, guests can easily let you know if they can attend directly on the site.

2. Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

2.1. Hosted by one set of parents

It was customary for the bride’s family to take on the responsibility of hosting and financing the wedding. Although it is still a common practice, it is becoming more common for the groom’s family or other loved ones to host the event. It is a thoughtful touch to include their names on the invitation in every one of these situations.

Viva Wedding’s Tips

  • For very formal invitations, including your parents’ full names is recommended.
  • It is best to refrain from using initials.
  • If the parents have different last names, you can use the word “and” to join the two names.

Formal wedding invitation wording samples

wedding invitation wording when one set of parents is hosting
Wording for wedding invitations when one set of parents is hosting (Source: Zola)

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Jane Elizabeth

to

James Robert Jones

on Saturday, the twenty-third of June

two thousand twenty-four

at half past four

at The Plaza Hotel

768 Fifth Avenue

New York,

Reception to follow

Casual wedding invite wording

Wedding invite wording when parents are hosting
Wedding invite wording when parents are hosting (Source: Wedding Wire)

Lisa and Tom Jones

invite you to join them in celebrating their daughter’s wedding.

Emma Grace

to

Ryan James Lee

Saturday, June 23, 2024

at 4:30 p.m.

at The Barn at Willow Creek

123 Willow Lane

Springfield, Illinois

Dinner and dancing to follow

Casual attire

2.2. Hosted by both sets of parents

Weddings are truly remarkable occasions that symbolize the coming together of two families. It is a wonderful gesture when both sets of parents come together to host such a special day. When both families are hosting your wedding, it can be a bit challenging to figure out how to include all the names on the invitation.

If you are a different-sex couple, it is customary to list the bride’s parents’ names first.

If you are a same-sex couple, list your parents’ names in alphabetical order.

Formal wedding invite wording samples

Traditional wedding invitation wording when both set of parents are hosting
Formal wedding invitation wording when both set of parents are hosting (Source: Zola)

Mr. and Mrs. James Stuart Evans, Jr.

and

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Charles Jamison

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their children

Katherine Leigh

and

James Robert

on Saturday, the twenty-third of June

two thousand twenty-four

at half past four o’clock

Hotel Boca Chica, Acapulco, Mexico

Dinner and merriment to follow

Casual invitation example

Modern wedding invitation wording when parents are hosts
Modern wedding invite wording when parents are hosts (Source: Hitched)

Lisa and Tom Jones

and

Mary and David Lee

invite you to join them in the celebration of their children’s marriage

Emma Grace

and

Ryan James

on Saturday, June 23, 2024

at 4:30 p.m.

at The Barn at Willow Creek

123 Willow Lane

Springfield, Illinois

Dinner and dancing to follow

Dress as you wish

2.3. Hosted by the couple

If you want to save space, you can omit the host line or begin the text with a friendly introduction.

Formal wedding invitation wording

Wedding invite wording if the couple is hosting
Wedding invite wording if the couple is hosting (Source: Brides)

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Emma Grace Jones

to

Ryan James Lee

on Saturday, the twenty-third of June

two thousand twenty-four

at half past four

at The Plaza Hotel

768 Fifth Avenue

Casual wedding invite wording sample

Wedding invitation wording samples when the couple is hosting
Wedding invitation wording samples when the couple is hosting (Source: Affordable Wedding Venues and Menus)

Jack Alexander Smith

and

Mason Jacob Kim

are tying the knot!

They would love to have you there

Saturday, November 9, 2024

at 5:00 in the afternoon

2.4. Wedding invitation wording together with their families

Formal wording for wedding invitations

Together with their families wording example
Together with their families wording example (Source: SC Design Studios)

Along with their families

Olivia Rose Smith

and

John Michael Reyes

Kenzie M. Smith and Jennifer L. Smith

and

Mark Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Reyes

Request the pleasure of your company

At their wedding

Saturday, the seventeenth of August

Two thousand twenty-four

At half after four in the afternoon

Reception to follow

Casual wording for wedding invitations

Wedding invitation wording together with their families
Wedding invitation wording together with their families (Source: Project Pretty)

Together with their families

Lily Grace Anderson &

Ethan James Mitchell

invite you to join them in celebrating their union

Saturday, October 12, 2024

at 6:00 in the evening

2.5. Unique wedding invitation wording for friends

Modern wedding invite wording with a funny twist
Modern wedding invite wording with a funny twist (Source: Offbeat Bride)

Jack Alexander Smith & Mason Jacob Kim

Are tying the knot!

Come join us as we say “I do” and celebrate our love

Saturday, August 17, 2024

4:30 in the afternoon

Unique wedding invitation wording examples
Unique wedding invitation wording examples (Source: Papier)

We’re getting married!

And we want you to be there

To witness our love and share our happiness

Please join us

Anna and Ben

On Saturday, the fifth of May

Two thousand twenty-four

At three o’clock in the afternoon

3. Wedding Invitation Wording Tips

Before diving into the task, these essential tips regarding the language used in your wedding invitations are worth considering. The invite is certainly the highlight of your paper suite, but insert cards can also be incredibly helpful for your guests.

3.1. Be brief

The wedding invitation wording should be concise
The wedding invitation wording should be concise (Source: Fine Day Press)

While your guests must have all the information they need to attend your wedding, it’s also critical to avoid overwhelming them with text in your invitations. Not to mention that it detracts from the beautiful design you chose. We highly recommend providing only the necessary information; save the other details for the wedding website or insert cards.

3.2. Consider the host(s)

Mention the host in your wedding invite wording
Mention the host in your wedding invite wording (Source: Artcadia)

The name of the person paying for the wedding—also known as the host—was traditionally included in the text of the wedding invitation. These days, it’s not always the bride’s parent(s). There are various ways to finance your wedding, whether it’s through your own means as a couple or with the support of your parents or loved ones.

It is customary to acknowledge the individuals who have contributed to your special day on your invitations, either by mentioning their names or including a brief line like “Together with their families.”

3.3. Think about your wedding’s formality

Wedding invitation wording examples for black tie affair
Wedding invitation wording examples for black tie affair (Source: Sterling Stripes)

The wording of your wedding invitations reflects the overall formality of the big day. For a black-tie dress code, it’s best to stick with more traditional wording. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxed vibe, feel free to use some contemporary and fun wording. Choosing the right type of wording is especially crucial if you do not intend to express the dress code on invitations directly.

3.4. Include an insert card

registry details should not be in your wedding invitation wording
Include insert card in your wedding stationery (Source: Brides)

Some information is best left out of a wedding invitation suite, such as your registry details. Alternatively, you can include a separate insert card with a link to your wedding website for guests to access. Additionally, an insert card can be utilized to include any additional information that may not fit on your wedding invitations, such as guidance on the dress code or details about a backup venue in case of inclement weather.

Get more ideas for your wedding invitation here:

We understand that each wedding is special and one-of-a-kind. You and your partner need to determine the language that aligns with your unique style. These examples and tips provide suggestions for the most traditional and formal wedding invitations. If you’re planning an informal wedding or looking for a modern twist on your invitation design, feel free to use wedding invitation wording that reflects your unique style and preferences. Viva Wedding Photograph hopes this post is helpful for you!

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