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Wedding Invitation Wording Samples

You can have the most gorgeous invites ever, but when it comes down to it, your wedding invitations are a functional detail. They should spell out all essential wedding info -- who's getting married, who's hosting and where, when and what time the ceremony will take place. Just about every invite includes the address of the ceremony and RSVP information.

Photo: AMB Photography

Traditional Wording

In its simplest form, this is the standard wording template:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan River [proper names of those hosting]
request the honor of your presence [request line]*
at the marriage of their daughter [list relationship of the bride to the host]
Elizabeth Anne [bride's first and middle names only]
to Joshua James Smith [groom's full name]
Saturday the sixth of May [day of the week, day and month of wedding]
at six o'clock in the evening [time of wedding and time of day]
Plaza Hotel [name of the location of wedding]
New York, New York [city and state where wedding will take place]
Reception to follow [reception line]

*Knot Note: If the bride's parents are hosting, it is customary to leave off the bride's last name. If the groom's parents are involved, the bride's last name should be included.

give proper recognition

Any parent or important loved one not mentioned on the invitation should be recognized elsewhere. Some ideas: a special note in the ceremony program, a special toast at the rehearsal dinner, or a shout-out at the wedding reception.

One set of parents is hosting your wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm Jones

> See one set of parents hosting (formal)
> See one set of parents hosting (casual)

Both sets of parents are jointly hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones

> See both sets of parents hosting (formal)
> See both sets of parents hosting (casual)

The couple is hosting the wedding:

Ms. Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

> See couple hosting (formal)
> See couple hosting (casual)

Everyone is hosting:

Ms. Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

> See everyone hosting (formal)
> See everyone hosting (casual)

> See alternative invitation wording samples

Invitation Wording Wizard

Confused about how to word your wedding invitations? Use this tool to get all the write stuff. Select your particular family situation for suggestions.

 

-- Amanda Black

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