Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Wedding Invitation Wording

One of the most important days of your life would be your wedding day. To give your love, life and soul to the person you love. With all the hectic planning underway, one of the most important parts is getting the wedding invitations out to your guests.

 

There are many choices out there when it comes to the wedding invitation wording. The wedding invite wording can be traditional and formal or casual. This all depends on how you want to portray the theme of the wedding.

 

 

First you will have the Host line, then the request line, then the bride and groom line, date and time line, location line, the reception line and then the RSVP line. Every wedding invitation should have all these lines; however they can be rearranged and reworded to your liking. All wording should be written in the third person.

 

Wedding invitation wording etiquette

 

The Host Line

The host line is the trickiest part of the wedding invitation wording. This is traditionally the bride’s parents who would pay for most if not all of the wedding. However the host line can be both sets of parents, the groom’s parents or just the bride and groom. The choice is up to you.

 

If the bride’s parents are hosting the format can look something like this;

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clarke

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Joanne Clarke

And

Fred Jones

 

If the groom’s parents are hosting then the parents names should be in the host line.

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

 

If both sets of parents are hosting, then both sets of parents’ names will be added to the host line.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clarke

And

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of their children

Joanne Clarke

to

Fred Jones

 

This is the correct way of wording if the bride and groom are hosting the event.

Miss Joanne Clarke

And

Mr. Fred Jones

Request the honor of your presence

At their marriage

 

There are many different options for the host line; you could have an aunt and uncle that are hosting, or brother and his wife. The wording will have to change a little to suit your invitation needs.

 

Request Line

Then you will have the request line, this can be done in different ways depending on the wedding ceremony.

 

1.     Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clarke

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter…

 

The first example of the request line and using the wording “Request the honor of your presence”, you will only use this wording if the ceremony is held at a place of worship.

 

2.     Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clarke

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their daughter…

 

The second example of the request line and the use of the wording “Request the pleasure of your company” will be used if the ceremony is held in any other location.

 

You can have different wording here that would suit the style of your wedding or your wedding theme. It could be casual wedding invitation wording, formal invitation wording or informal wedding invitation wording.  Your invitation can have unique wedding invitation wording, which you and your spouse to-be have picked specifically for your special day.

 

The Bride and Groom line

 

The next part of the invitation will be to name the honoree, the Bride and Groom. The Bride’s name will always come before the Groom’s name. There has to be a line separating the bride’s name, the “to” or “and” and then the groom’s name.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

 

The Date Line

This is where you will specify when the wedding is, this part of the invitation, the day and date of the ceremony should be spelled out.

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

Saturday, The eighth of July

The Time Line

This part will be where you tell your guests what time the ceremony will start. The time needs to be spelled out as well.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

Saturday, The eighth of July

At six o’clock in the evening

 

The Location Line

Here you will put the location and the address of your ceremony. If your wedding ceremony is in a church then you can just name the church. However, if your wedding is taking place at a friend’s house then you can add the address.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

Saturday, The eighth of July

At six o’clock in the evening

Grace Cathedral

 

The Reception Line

Here you can say “Reception to follow” if the reception will be on the same premises as your wedding ceremony. However, if your wedding reception is in a different location then you have to have a separate wedding reception invitation.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jones

Request the honor of your presence

In the marriage of

Joanne Clarke

To their son

Fred Jones

Saturday, The eighth of July

At six o’clock in the evening

Grace Cathedral

Reception to follow

 

Reception Invitation Wording

A reception invitation only needs to have the most important information which involves your wedding reception. The most important parts here would be the Time, Day and Address. Here is an example;

 

He slipped the ring on her finger
a promise made for life . . .
Join us as we share their joy
now that they're man and wife!
A party to honor the newly married
couple
will be held on Day
at Time
Address