Wedding Invitation Wording

Your wedding invitation should reflect the style of your wedding and fill guests in on all the crucial details of your celebration. These are the key items you need to include in your wedding invitation wording:
Host Names
Example:
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jones

Request to Attend
Example:
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

Names of the Bride and Groom
Example:
Mary Claire Jones
to 
David Ross Brown

When and where is the ceremony and reception? (date, day of the week, time and location)
Example:
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch
454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Request for RSVP and RSVP Date
Please RSVP by July 8, 2014

Quick Tips


The request line: If your wedding ceremony is at a church/place of worship, use the phrase "Request the honor/honour of your presence." If the wedding is at a secular location use the phrase "Request the pleasure of our company."

What, When & Where: Do not use abbreviations. Spell out the date in this order: Day of the Week, Numeric Date, Month and Year. Use "o'clock," "in the morning," "in the evening," and "in the afternoon," when specifying the time of your ceremony. Spell out street names and state names for the venue address.

Reception Card: If your reception is at the same location as your ceremony, include information about the reception on your invitation. If it is at a different location, include information about the reception on a separate card.

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples


Bride's Parents Hosting:
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jones
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Claire Jones
to 
David Ross Brown
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch
454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Groom’s Parents Hosting:
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Mary Claire Jones to
David Ross Brown
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch
454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Both Parents Hosting:
(Bride's parents' names should precede Groom's parents)
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jones
and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown
request the pleasure of your company 
at the marriage of their children
Mary Claire Jones
to David Ross Brown
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Couple Hosting:
The pleasure of your company is requested 
at the marriage of Mary Claire Jones
to David Ross Brown
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch
454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Hosted by Everyone:
Together with their families
Mary Claire Jones
and David Ross Brown
invite you to join them as they exchange vows
Saturday, the sixteenth of August
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sun and Moon Ranch
454 Winding Road
Hailey, Idaho

Related Resources:

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist
When to send Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards
Wedding Reception Timeline
How to Address Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitation Wording
Wedding Reception Seating Etiquette
Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette
Wedding Ceremony Program Wording
Ordering Guideline

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