Wedding Invitations – Choosing The Right Wording

After the proposal, the next exciting part is planning your wedding day. Your wedding invitations are the first thing your guests will see and will give the first impression for the theme of your big day. Invitations are sent from whoever is hosting the wedding – whether this be the brides parents, the bride & groom, both the bridge & grooms parents, or another relation e.g. grandparents. The wording can become quite complicated depending on who the hosts are, but hopefully this blog post will help you with what to include on your wedding invites.

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You want your wedding invitations to match the theme, along with your wedding accessories. Invitations are generally written in the third person if you are aiming for a traditional approach. Depending on who is hosting your wedding, depends on how the invitations will be worded. Traditionally, the brides parents will be the hosts, but every wedding is individual and your wedding may be hosted by both sets of parents, or just you and your future husband/wife. The brides name should always appear before the grooms, but the general wording of the invitation is completely up to you. Usually, names, times and places are on separate lines.

 

If your wedding is in a less-than-traditional setting, the wording of your invitations can be as creative as you prefer. Quick tip – if children aren’t invited, giving your guests a quick phone call to explain that the reception isn’t suitable/catered for children, is a lot better than printing “No children, please” on your invitations. Another option is to include a short note to parents with your invites, such as: “Much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family”, or, “We are sorry we are unfortunately unable to accommodate children”. For this blog post, I have collated a list of the basics which you can consider for your invites.

 

The basics of what you may want to include on your wedding invitations are:

  • names of the brides parents or other hosts
  • first name and surname of the couple including their titles (Sir, Lady, Ms, Dr, etc)
  • location of the ceremony
  • date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
  • location of the wedding reception
  • address/email address to which guests should reply
  • a reply/response date

 

 

Example of a wedding hosted by the brides parents:

Mr & Mrs BRIDES PARENTS NAME
Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
DAUGHTERS NAME
to GROOMS NAME
son of
Mr & Mrs GROOMS PARENTS NAME
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
LOCATION

 

If the wedding is hosted by both sets of parents (Brides & Grooms):

Mr & Mrs BRIDES PARENTS NAME
and
Mr & Mrs GROOMS PARENTS NAME
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
BRIDES NAME
to GROOMS NAME
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
LOCATION

 

An example of an invitation, if the wedding is hosted by you:

Ms NAME
and
Mr NAME
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
LOCATION

 

An example of an invitation, if the wedding is hosted by you and both sets of parents:

Mr & Mrs DAUGHTERS PARENTS NAMES
and their daughter
DAUGHTERS NAME
together with
Mr & Mrs SONS PARENTS NAMES
and their son
SONS NAME
request the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
NAME
and
NAME
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
LOCATION

 

If the wedding is hosted by a single parent:

MR OR MRS OR MS etc PARENTS NAME
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his/her daughter
BRIDES NAME
to
GROOMS NAME
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
LOCATION

 

Other details you may wish to include on your wedding invitations could be the details of a dress code or theme, whether children are invited, or what time the day is expected to come to an end. If children are invited, you should include their names on the invitation addressed to their parents. Times are different now, so if you want your invitations to be alternative, you could do something a little different. A few ideas to consider could be tea towels, tickets, a puzzle, a balloon, a boarding pass, or a paper flower, all of which can be designed to match the theme of your wedding. You can really get creative when designing your invitations, and there is a lot of wedding stationary options available online.

Wishing you a wonderful wedding and a happy future together!

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