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Your wedding invitation is one of the first elements of your wedding your guests will see. Your wedding invitation wording and invitation design clue your guests into details like your wedding’s formality, color scheme and overall tone. Finding the perfect wording can be a challenge but this guide will help you find the right wedding invitation wording for you.

This guide contains all the information you need to write your wedding invitations as well as formal and informal examples to give you a better idea of how your invitations could look when they’re finished. Use the jump-to’s below to check out the information that’s relevant to you:

WHAT TO INCLUDE | WORDING IDEAS | FORMAL EXAMPLES | CASUAL EXAMPLES

Elements to Include in Your Invitation Wording

There is a decent amount of overlap between formal wedding invitations and casual wedding invitations. Regardless of if your wedding is formal or casual, the “who, when, where and why” details of your wedding should be very clear and easy to read. Below find additional elements to include in your invitation.

Host Names

The first line of the invitation is dedicated to the host of the wedding, also known as the party covering the expenses. Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid for the wedding but with changing times, the groom’s parents, bride and groom, or a combination of all three are contributing. There is no official order or requirement to list the names. It’s all up to personal preference.

Honoring deceased parents in your wedding invitation
To include a deceased parent in your formal wedding invitation, you could try:

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Flores and
Mr. Tom Byrne & the late Mrs. Nancy Byrne
request the honor of your company
at the marriage of their children

Talia Flores
&
Stephen Byrne

Including step parents in your wedding invitation
If you are looking to include step parents in the invitation, you could try:

Mr. & Mrs. Flores, Mr. & Mrs. Hill,
Mr. & Mrs. Byrne and Mr. & Mrs. Lin

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of

Talia Flores
&
Stephen Byrne

The Couple’s Names

When listing the names of the couple, the bride’s name typically precedes the groom’s. Most commonly, the bride’s first and middle names are used while the groom’s first and last names are used. This is, of course, all up to personal style. Whether you’re opting for formal or casual invitations will determine how you display your names.

The Details

The details are the most important part of your wedding invitations. Keep them simple and stick to the basics! You’ll need to include the date, time, location and address. In many formal invitations, couples will spell out the date and time.

  • Date + time
  • Location + address
  • Dress code
  • Any other pertinent information

Post Ceremony Plans

Let your guests know what to expect after the ceremony. It’s a great way to set the tone for your reception with clear expectations. If there’s a cocktail hour or dancing and dinner, it’s good to spell it all out here. You should also include the address if the reception will be held at a separate venue.

Design Elements

When guests open their wedding invitation, the first thing they see is your overall design. Your design should reflect the personal style of your wedding. There are many invitation styles to choose from — ornate, minimalist, rustic, vintage, artistic, whimsical, classic or modern. Consider including some of these additional design elements in your wedding invitation:

  • Monogram + symbol
  • Borders + patterns
  • Engagement photos
  • Sweet phrases
    • Getting hitched
    • We do
    • Love
    • All we need is love
    • We decided on forever
    • Forever and Always
    • To love and to cherish
    • The future Mr. & Mrs. _____
    • At Last
    • Mr. & Mrs.
    • Share in our love

Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas

Whether you are planning a formal or informal affair, there are plenty of great wording options for your invitations. Some weddings don’t fall into the formal or informal category, but somewhere more down the middle. Many couples like to use a hybrid of formal and informal wording.

Formal Greetings and Phrases

  • The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of _____
  • _____ request the honor of your presence at the marriage of _____
  • _____ invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children _____
  • Together with their parents you are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of _____
  • _____ request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their union
  • _____ joyfully request the pleasure of your company as we exchange vows
  • You are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of _____
  • You are cordially invited to attend the wedding of _____
  • _____ request the pleasure of your company at their wedding
  • _____ request your presence on the day of their marriage
  • We invite you to share in our joy and request your presence at the wedding of _____

Informal Greetings and Phrases

  • You are invited to the wedding of _____
  • You are invited to celebrate the marriage of _____
  • Your presence is requested at the wedding of _____
  • _____ request the pleasure of your company at their wedding
  • _____ joyfully invite you to share in a celebration of love and commitment

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Wedding Invitation Wording—Decoded

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The wedding invitation will be the first time that many of your guests discover that you are getting married, so you’d better get it right! Proper wedding invitation wording may seem like a no-brainer at first glance but you’d be surprised at the amount of etiquette and formality that go into these short notes, and that’s what we’re here for. With our help, you’ll learn all about appropriate wedding invitation format and make sure that you hit all of the nuances that some couples overlook.

There are many variables that dictate the exact wedding invitation structure to follow. The first we’re going to cover is your style and theme. Before you get started with your invitations you’ll have to make sure that you’ve firmly decided between a Traditional, Formal, Informal, or completely unique theme so that you can send specific, for example, rustic wedding invitations if that happens to be your theme of choice.

The second item to consider is the time of year. Summer invitations will always be a little different from winter wedding invitations since a formal invitation will include details about the theme and expected dress code.
The next step in planning how to address wedding invitations you’ll want to decide on your delivery method. When choosing between social media,

Emails, Texts, or good old fashioned snail mail, make sure to consider all of the pros and cons. Some methods are faster, more convenient, and easier to make changes to if the need arises. Setting up a Facebook page and event, for example, is a really quick and easy way to spread the word and keep track of your RSVPs. But, some of your guests may not be too tech savvy or check their inbox very often.

Our advice is to go the old fashioned route. Emails are far too easy to miss or forget about, and there’s something special about a handwritten letter printed on nice cardstock.

Whose Name Goes First On The Wedding Invitation?

Now that you have the basics covered, it’s time to get specific. The first question is; who’s name goes first, the bride or the groom? Traditionally, whoever is hosting the wedding will get first billing. This is usually the Bride’s parents, making the Bride’s name the appropriate choice. In cases where there are co-hosts or two brides, the couple will have to decide for themselves. If you’re having difficulty, say the names out loud and see if any option has a better ring to it.

Sample Wedding Invitations From Real Couples

Now that you have the concept in mind, it’s time for some samples! Sample wedding invitations of real couples demonstrate exactly what should be included. They all seem very simple, but if you pay close attention you’ll notice some subtle differences.

Also, check out a general outline of how the wedding invitation often breaks down, with specific examples to follow.

Source: every.little.something via Instagram

Mimi Brown & Tim Harder
Will be wed
June 8th, 2019
Sherwood Forest Clubhouse
Annapolis, Maryland
www.mimiandtim.com
formal invitation to follow

Source: every.little.something via Instagram

Mr. Thomas Clark and Ms. Amy Novick
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Carly Jooyun and James Trenton Tidwell
Saturday, the thirteenth day of October
Two thousand eighteen
at six o’clock in the evening
District Winery
Washington, District of Columbia
Black tie

Source: every.little.something via Instagram

David & Erica Glass
and
Felicia Nash Weiss
Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Sarah Marie & Erik Daniel
03.16.2019
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm
Goleta, California
Cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow

Source: every.little.something via Instagram

With great joy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tighe Magnuson
Request the Honor of your Presence
At the Marriage of their Daughter
Elizabeth Tighe and Mark Eduard Shaw
Friday, the eighteen of May
two thousand and eighteen
at half past three o’clock
Church of the Holy Spirit
Lake Forest, Illinois
reception to follow

Source: frontline.card via Instagram

Together with our parents, we.
Elena + Matt
invite you to join us
in the celebrating of our wedding
Saturday the ninth of March
two thousand and nineteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Forget me not farm
545 coopers shoot road.
Coopers shoot, NSW
Reception to follow

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WEDDING INVITATION WORDING

wedding invitation wishes

When someone you know gets engaged, you know it’s time to start thinking up some messages for invitations for wedding and birthday invitations that are genuine, witty and don’t sound like they came from a bad tv commercial. There are so many things to write to the bride and groom at different stages of the process, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for what to write in a wedding card. The difficulty of writing wedding card messages can, of course, be magnified five or ten times since wedding seem to come in waves!

We’ve got some messages lined up to help make it easy for you.

Write an engagement card

So you heard about a friends engagement! Whether you saw the hundreds of likes on Facebook, got an excited phone call, or received an engagement announcement or engagement party invites in the post, it’s a nice touch to send a card to say congratulations. It may seem a little old-fashioned, but if there’s ever a time to opt for the traditional route it’s when weddings are involved! If in doubt it’s a good idea to cover your bases and spread some love, but if they are a vague acquaintance and you think it will look like you’re angling for a wedding invite by getting in touch, trust your instincts.

On an engagement card you can keep things fairly brief (though if you want to take the opportunity to tell your friend why you adore them, I’m sure they won’t mind!), so just focus on letting them know that you are happy for them and excited about the news. Be cautious of writing anything that assumes that you will be invited to the wedding. Many people opt for family-only weddings or have to keep things smaller than they would like to cut costs, so keep that in mind when writing.

Examples of engagement card messages:

Congratulations to an amazing friend and soon-to-be friend. Can’t wait to get to know him more.

Can’t wait to have [fiance] join the family! You have made a wonderful choice and we couldn’t be more proud of you.

Thank you for allowing us to share such a joyous occasion with you. Congratulations on your engagement, and all the best for the future.

You two are perfect for one another, and it has been such a joy to watch you fall in love. We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of your journey with you. May it be full of joy and love always.

We are absolutely delighted to hear the news! I’m sure your engagement will be just the beginning of a beautiful life together.

Congratulations on the engagement! Your gift is that I won’t make you retell the proposal story again (but I will admire the ring!).

I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious, then? Congrats on the engagement!

Congrats on finally getting serious enough to have your partner mentioned in the family Christmas card.

Congrats on the engagement! Can’t wait for wedding selfies and a quality wedding hashtag.

Congratulations on your engagement! I will be coming up with a celeb-like couple name for the two of you, and you will be informed shortly.

Congratulations on being the first engaged couple I haven’t blocked on Facebook.

I’m so thrilled to hear about your engagement! You two are such wonderful people and I can’t think of a better pairing. So excited for what the coming years will bring!

It’s about time, you two! Stoked to hear that you are tying the knot. Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon. All the love in the world.

Don’t forget to write an engagement party thank you card!

As a general rule you should always send thank you cards after somebody does something for you, and an engagement party is no exception. While it might feel like you’re the one that did something for them (by attending, and maybe giving a gift), they also organised and gave you a good time, food and drinks. It’s definitely best practice to say a quick thanks for all their hard work and let them know you had a great time.

Examples of engagement party thank you card messages:

Thank you so much for inviting us to your engagement party. It was great to have a chance to catch up with family and friends and toast to the good times ahead. All the best with wedding planning.

Congrats on hosting the party of the year! (Lucky your wedding isn’t until next year, or it wouldn’t have been in with a chance) Loved popping some champers and tearing up the dance floor with you guys, and can’t wait to do it all again soon.

Thanks so much for having us at your engagement celebrations. We were so glad we could make it.

It was such a joy to see you two so full of love at your engagement party, and I’ve no doubt it was only a small preview of how happy your wedding day will be! I can’t wait to be there to witness it.

We just want to say thank you for letting us be part of your engagement celebrations. We had such a wonderful time! The food was delicious, the music was rocking, and most of all, the company was unbeatable.

Wow, what a great night! Thanks so much for having me at your engagement party. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

You threw such a great engagement party, you’ve got the wedding planning covered!

Thank you for allowing us to toast your engagement last weekend. Good luck with all the wedding planning and preparation! Please don’t hesitate to call us if we can help with anything at all. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the wedding.

Return your RSVP card with extra love

You shouldn’t have to worry too much about wording your RSVP cards, since the card will usually have options for you to tick. Despite this, it’s nice to include a note with the RSVP when you return it, even if it’s just written on the card itself. If you’re replying ‘yes’, just something like ‘So happy to be invited! Can’t wait to celebrate with you!’ will show you care. If you can’t attend, a more detailed note is preferable. Sometimes an RSVP date is specified but a response card is not included at all, so you may want to include these sample responses as part of a note on a blank notecard.

Examples of RSVP response card messages: 

We are delighted to accept the invitation, and we really look forward to the big day!

See you there! 

Let the good times roll!

Eep! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! xx

Yes, yes, yes x1000!

We will be there with bells on!

Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Can’t wait!

Excited to join the celebrations!

Have you ever known me to turn down a party?

It’s going to be the party of the year, wouldn’t miss it!

So sorry we can’t make it!

We are so sad to miss out on the celebrations!

We’ll be thinking of you.

I know, I know, I’m a terrible friend.

Something better came up ;) Just kidding, of course. It kills me that I’m going to miss it!

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Say thank you for the Hens/Bucks party invite

Following the same principle as the engagement party, it’s often best to send a thank you card after the hens party, bucks party, kitchen tea or bridal shower. Whether or not this is entirely necessary depends on the formality of the event and the amount of organisation that was required to make it happen. If you’re hitting the beach or the dance floor you can probably get away without a card (though it’s always a classy touch), but if it’s a high tea or girls weekend it’s best to make your appreciation known. Remember to thank both the bride (or groom, as the case may be) and the person or people responsible for organising the event.

Examples of bachelor/bachelorette party thank you card messages:

Wow, what an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for having me along!

Thanks for all the organisation you put into the hens party. It was a great night and your work meant it went off without a hitch!

The bachelorette party was the perfect practice run for the level of party we’re going to have next month at your wedding…if we recover in time!

Thank you for such a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate your upcoming wedding. It was so great to meet so many of your friends and family members. I really enjoyed it, and I’m glad you invited me along.

Best party ever for the best bride ever! I hope you had half as much fun as I did at your hens party.

Thanks for having me at your bucks party! It was such a great night. Good luck with the last minute wedding prep, give me a shout if you need anything.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you’re going to the wedding)

Writing wedding invitation card messages can be difficult, but when it comes down to it, it really is your opportunity to get a bit sentimental and put words to feelings. The card should reflect what the couple mean to you. Since a wedding is such a watershed moment in somebody’s life, every wedding card should cover all three tenses:

  • Past – Reflect on how you met your friend and their partner. You could remind them of the first time you met, or some key moments over the years that you’ve really appreciated their friendship. Whether you write about funny memories or more serious things, everyone likes to be reminded of the things they’ve experienced, enjoyed and been through together.
  • Present – Let them know that you are excited to finally be at their wedding, and tell them how you are feeling (but only if that feeling is happy! This is not the place to tell them you are jealous or not sure about their choice of partner).
  • Future – Give your best wishes for the future, tell them what you’re looking forward to and that you’ll be there for them. It’s also appropriate to pass on your best piece of marriage advice in the wedding card.

If you only know one of the two people getting married, it’s perfectly acceptable to address the card primarily to them and reference their partner only to tell them you’re looking forward to getting to know them more, or to let them know they got a good one.

Examples of wedding card messages:

Wishing you love, joy and tenderness today and every day of your future.

Love and marriage get better with each passing year. May all that you feel today be just the start.

All the best to two wonderful people as you build your life together.

Congratulations on making this step together, and may your love see you through all life’s ups and downs.

A toast to the best pairing I’ve ever seen!

You guys are so perfect together! Congratulations! Super happy for you both!

It’s official! You’re stuck with one another! Congratulations on your wedding, and all the best for a future full of fun and adventures.

Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve.

Can’t wait to watch you two turn into the cutest little old married couple to ever live.

Best wishes in your life ahead.

The warmest wishes and deepest congratulations on your wedding day.

Congratulations on your wedding! We are so happy for you and wish you all the love and happiness in the world. We love you both!

Thank you for allowing us to bear witness to your love and to this sacred moment in your lives.

Time has gone so quickly since we were silly thirteen-year-olds dreaming about our futures. It is so exciting to see some of those dreams coming to fruition today as you wed the love of your life. I think teenage you would be pretty happy. I wish I could go back and tell her it all works out okay, it would have saved you a lot of angst back then ;) All the love in the world, and may your marriage be as long and rich as our friendship has been.

Welcome to the family [fiance]! We are overjoyed to have you join our crazy tribe. You’re just strange enough to fit right in.

Lots of love and joy to both of you on this exciting day.

Life will bring all sorts of things your way, but it’s all better with someone beside you to share it with. Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you couldn’t attend)

Whatever the reason for not attending a wedding, it’s good etiquette to send a card of congratulations just before the wedding to make sure the couple knows you are thinking of them and celebrating with them. Being invited to the wedding in the first place is an honour, so it’s good to acknowledge that. You shouldn’t grovel or even necessarily apologise in the card, but you should let the couple know that you are disappointed to be missing out and that you love them.

Examples of wedding card messages in absentia:

We hope you can feel our love and support even though we can’t be there.

Congratulations on such an exciting day! We really wish we could be there to be part of it.

With you in spirit on this special day.

I’m sorry we couldn’t make the trip, but we are celebrating with you from afar.

I hope you can feel that there are people across the world joining in your joy and celebrations.

Wishing you both the best on this day. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it.

What to Write in a Wedding Card (if you were not invited)

If someone you know is getting married, it’s definitely best to send a card even if you weren’t invited to the wedding. Remember that it’s extremely difficult to cut down a wedding guest list to a manageable number and weddings can be upwards of $100 per head, so if you didn’t get a wedding invitation don’t take it as a sign that the happy couple don’t care about you. They probably felt bad about not inviting you. Sending a card shows that you understand, that you are happy for them, and that you are sharing in their celebrations even though you won’t be present.

Examples of wedding card messages if you aren’t invited:

Thinking of you both with love and joy on your wedding day.

We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.

I’m sure your wedding day will be everything you dreamed. Enjoy every moment!

Trusting that you will make the most of every moment today, and that your future together will be a long and happy one.

Say Thank You Post-Wedding

Weddings are expensive and notoriously difficult to organise, so being invited to one is an honour and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The happy couple may be off on a honeymoon, but make sure you send a thank you card as soon as possible after the big day so you don’t forget about it.

Examples of wedding thank you card messages:

Thank you so much for letting us share in such a joyful celebration of your love!

Thank you for inviting me to share such an important day with you and your family. I had a wonderful time.

It meant so much to me to be invited to your wedding, thank you.

Thanks for inviting me to your wedding. It was an honour to witness such an important milestone.

Your wedding was a once-in-a-lifetime day that you will remember for the rest of your life, and you sure made sure you will have something beautiful to look back on!

It was an honour to be part of your special day. Congratulations, and I hope every day of your marriage is just as rich in love as the first one.

Congrats on hosting the wedding of the year!

Your wedding was such a perfect day. You both looked gorgeous, the food was delicious, and most importantly your love shone. Thank you for letting us be there to see it.

Congratulations on finally being done with the wedding planning! It definitely paid off with a wedding day straight from the pages of Vogue. Enjoy settling back to normality.

Find out what to include in your wedding invitation and get inspired by these wedding invitation wording examples you can use in your invites.

Best Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

wedding invitation wishes

The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage uniting

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

True love lassoed our hearts
and the trail has led us here...
We,

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

invite you to join us
as we get hitched
on

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

Please celebrate with us
the freshness of new life
and new love as we,

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

exchange wedding vows

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

 

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

joyfully invite you to share
in their happiness
as they unite in marriage

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

We,

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

invite you to be with us
as we celebrate our new
life together

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

With joyful hearts
we request your presence
at the ceremony uniting

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

cordially invite you to share
in our marriage celebration
of love, devotion, and family

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

Together with their families

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

invite you to share in their joy
at the celebration of their marriage
 
Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

 

Because you have shared in
our lives by your friendship and love, we

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

together with our parents
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage uniting

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

The future seems so bright and clear when I picture it with you near

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

request the honour of your presence at their marriage.

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

Lisa Anderson
and
John Taylor

have chosen the first day
of their new life together
as

Sunday, the seventh of October
two thousand eighteen
at six o'clock in the evening

St. Paul's Cathedral
209 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Reception to follow

Traditionally, the Bride's name occurred first on the wedding invitation, since in the past the Bride's parents were the ones paying for the wedding. Today, either.

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