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Your ultimate guide to wedding invitation wording – with 11 word-perfect examples to copy

Whether it was love at first sight when it came to choosing your wedding invitations or you had to search high and low for the perfect design, the decision making isn’t over just yet! Now that you have picked out your favourite design, it is time to tackle your wedding invitation wording. Whether you want to keep your wedding invitations formal and traditional or go fun and original, all wedding invitations should include the same basic information no matter what the style.

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Do not underestimate the power of your wedding invitation wording to set the tone for your big day, as you can turn a wedding invitation from classical to casual by changing just a few words. Getting your wedding invitation wording right will depend on a few different factors including: who is hosting the wedding, whether you are creating day or evening wedding invitations and what style of wedding you are hosting. There is a balance between providing your guests with all the information they need for your big day and having your wedding invitations represent you and your wedding style.

Who would have thought that there are so many options for wording your wedding invitations? Luckily, Atelier Rosemood is here to help with their guide to wedding invitation wording to make sure that your wedding invitations represent the style of your big day perfectly. We have broken your wedding invitation wording into practical sections and have included plenty of examples to help you put pen to paper.

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What to include on your wedding invitations

Your wedding invitations are the first place your guests will look for the essential information they will need to make it to your wedding on time! As a basic rule, here is the information that you should include on your wedding invitations and the typical layout.

1) Who is hosting the wedding? The first line of your wedding invitations denotes who is hosting, (or paying for), the wedding so will either feature the names of the future bride and groom or include one or both sets of parents.

2) Request phrase: add a line asking your guests to attend your wedding such as “request the honour of your presence” (typically indicating a religious ceremony), or “request the pleasure of your company” (typically indicating a civil ceremony). 

3) Names of the happy couple: Note that the bride’s name usually comes before that of the groom. 

4) Date and Time: including the day of the week and the year.

5) Venue: Usually, you do not need to include the full address of the wedding venue and would instead simply add the name of the venue with reference to the town or county. 

6) Reception information: You can add your wedding reception information directly to your wedding invitations for those attending both the ceremony and the reception, or create separate evening wedding invitations for those attending only the evening reception.

7) Dress codes: Don’t forget to let everyone know if you want them to stick to a certain style/theme.

You may also wish to add your guests’ names to make it clear whether partners and children are invited, so this can be done by hand.

We would recommend that you use our wedding invitation inserts to include all the finer details such as directions to your venues, accommodation options and gift list information. This will allow you to free up space on your wedding invitations, whilst making sure that your wedding guests have all the information that they need.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

Your wedding invitations are your guests’ first glimpse of your wedding style so a traditional wedding calls for traditional wedding invitation wording. Take a look now at some examples of formal wedding invitation wording to give you a basic template for your traditional wedding invitations.

 

Hosted by bride’s parents

Mr and Mrs Charles Phillips

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Alexandra Louise

to

Owen Michael Harrison

at St John’s Church, Brighton

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September two thousand and twenty

at two o’clock in the afternoon

followed by a reception at [Venue]

Carriages at midnight

 

 

Hosted by both sets of parents

Mr and Mrs Charles Phillips

together with

Mr and Mrs Paul Harrison

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Alexandra Louise Phillips

and

Owen Michael Harrison

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September two thousand and twenty

at two o’clock in the afternoon

at St John’s Church

followed by a reception at [Venue]

Carriages at midnight

 

 

Hosted by both families

Together with their families,

Alexandra Louise Phillips

and

Owen Michael Harrison

request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September two thousand and twenty

at two o’clock in the afternoon

at [Venue]

followed by a reception

Carriages at midnight

 

 

Hosted by the couple

Miss Alexandra Louise Phillips

and

Mr Owen Michael Harrison

request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September two thousand and twenty

at two o’clock in the afternoon

at [Venue]

and afterwards at the reception 

Carriages at midnight

 

 

Informal Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

If you are hosting an informal wedding that is all about fun, laughter and dancing then give your guests a hint of what is to come with informal wedding invitation wording. Our informal wedding invitation wording ideas are just suggestions so feel free to adapt any of these texts to suit your wedding style and your unique personalities.

 

Together with their families,

Charlotte

and

Alex

invite you to join them for their wedding

on Saturday, 14th September 2020

at 2 pm

at [Venue]

Dinner and dancing to follow

***

 

Charlotte and Alex are tying the knot.

Eat, drink and be married!

Saturday, 14th September 2020

at 2 pm

at [Venue]

Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

***

 

Charlotte and Alex

Invite you to join the party

as they tie the knot

on Saturday, 14th September 2020

at 2 pm

at [Venue]

Dinner, dancing and merriment to follow

***

 

Come for the cake,

Stay for the vows!

Charlotte and Alex

Are getting married.

Saturday, 14th September 2020

at 2 pm

at [Venue]

Dinner and dancing to follow

 

Formal Evening Wedding Invitation Wording

Whether it’s because of venue restrictions or your wedding budget, you may not be able to invite everyone to every part of your wedding celebrations. If you are inviting certain guests only to the evening reception, make sure that this is clearly stated in your wedding invitation wording. Your evening wedding invitations will have the same basic template as your day wedding invitations, but will only relay information about the time and location of the reception. Here are some examples of traditional evening wedding invitation wording to inspire you. 

Mr and Mrs Charles Phillips

request the honour of your presence

at an evening reception

to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Alexandra Louise

to

Owen Michael Harrison

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September

two thousand and twenty

at seven o’clock in the evening

at [Venue]

Carriages at midnight

***

 

Miss Alexandra Louise Phillips

and

Mr Owen Michael Harrison

request the pleasure of your company

to celebrate their marriage

at an evening reception

on Saturday, the fourteenth of September

two thousand and twenty

at seven o’clock in the evening

at [Venue]

Carriages at midnight

 

Informal Evening Wedding Invitation Wording

Remember that your evening wedding reception is usually a time to let loose and have some fun after all the emotion of the ceremony, so informal evening wedding invitations are a great way to make sure that your guests are prepared to hit the dance floor! Here are a couple of examples of informal evening wedding invitation wording to help get you started on finding the best way to phrase your evening invites.

 

Alexandra and Owen

invite you to join them for

an evening of celebration and dancing

Saturday, 14th September 2020

7 pm

[Venue]

****

Dust of your dancing shoes

ready for an evening reception

to celebrate the marriage of

Alexandra and Owen

Saturday, 14th September 2020

7 pm

[Venue]

 

Hopefully that gives you an idea of what to write on your wedding invitations making it that bit easier to tick off your wedding invitations from your wedding checklist! Atelier Rosemood has even more wedding invitation wording advice and ideas on their website. You can also get in touch with their friendly customer service team who will be more than happy to help you craft the right wording for your day or evening wedding invitations. What’s more, Rosemood proofreads all wedding invitations before sending them to print, so you can rest assured that there will be no sneaky spelling mistakes in your wedding invitation wording, meaning one less stress for the bride or groom-to-be!

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