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Invitations

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Wedding invitation wording might not be as fun to think about as paper designs, calligraphy and color schemes, but when it comes down to it, even the most gorgeous wedding invitations need to be informative.

Your wedding invitations are the first impression guests will have of your celebration. They should convey the who, when and where of the event, while offering a sneak peek of your wedding aesthetic. Wedding invitations should spell out all essential wedding info—who's getting married, who's hosting, and where and when the ceremony and reception will take place. (Psst—everything else goes on your wedding website.) And while we’re about to get into the best wedding invitation wording samples, feel free to shake things up if your wedding style is more modern, relaxed or nontraditional. Here’s how to word your wedding invites, no matter the vibe.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording

A few basic invitation wording tips: If the bride's parents are hosting, it’s customary to leave off the bride's last name. However, if the bride has a different last name than her parents, include her full name. The bride's last name should also be included if the groom's parents are involved in hosting.

In its simplest form, this is a standard wedding invitation wording sample.

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smithrequest the pleasure of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Heather Marie

to

Michael Francis Jacobson

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

At six o’clock in the evening

Plaza Hotel

New York, New York

Reception to follow

Wedding Invitation Wording If One Set of Parents Is Hosting

In this case, the invitation includes the bride's parents’ names, so you can omit the bride's last name (unless she has a different last name than her parents). On the following line, write out the groom’s entire name. LGBTQ+ wedding invitation wording should follow similar guidelines. The host of the celebration (read: the party footing the bill) is listed first, followed by their son or daughter’s name, followed by their son or daughter’s partner’s name. If the couple is hosting themselves, names are typically listed in alphabetical order.

Formal Wording Sample:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Heather Marie

to

Michael Francis Jacobson

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wording Sample:

John and Eliza Smith

invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their daughter

Heather Marie

to Michael Francis Jacobson

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording If Both Sets of Parents Are Jointly Hosting

The couple’s parents should each be listed on separate lines, starting with the bride's or whoever’s name falls alphabetically first. Since both last names are included in the greeting, there’s no need to use last names for the to-be-weds—unless, again, if either of them has a different last name than their parents. In that case, list out their full name, in addition to the full names of their parents.

Formal Wording Sample:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith &

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jacobson

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Heather Marie

and

Michael Francis

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wording Sample:

John and Eliza Smith

along with Mark and Sally Jacobson

invite you to share and celebrate the marriage of their children

Heather Marie

and Michael Francis

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording If the Couple Is Hosting

If you’re paying for the wedding yourselves, the invite wording will look slightly different. Essentially, the greeting will skip the host line and begin with the request line—here’s an example.

Formal Wording Sample:

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Heather Marie Smith

to Michael Francis Jacobson

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wording Sample:

Heather Marie Smith &

Michael Francis Jacobson

invite you to share in their joy at their wedding

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording If Everyone Is Hosting

If multiple parties are chipping in for the wedding, the invitation begins with the bride's name, followed by the groom's name, and finally the parent's names, starting with the bride's parents. Or go ahead and list the couple’s names in alphabetical order, followed by their parents’ names in corresponding order.

Formal Wording Sample:

Ms. Heather Marie Smith

and

Mr. Michael Francis Jacobson

together with their parents

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith &

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jacobson

request the honor of your presence

at their wedding

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

OR

Ms. Anna Chapin Walsh

and

Ms. Rachel Diana Peterson

together with their parents

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Walsh &

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Matthew Peterson

request the honor of your presence

at their wedding

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wording Sample:

Heather Marie Smith &

Michael Francis Jacobson

together with their parents

invite you to their wedding

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

OR

Anna Chapin Walsh &

Rachel Diana Peterson

together with their parents

invite you to their wedding

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording to Include a Deceased Parent

You can absolutely switch up your wedding invitation wording to include the name of a deceased loved. One tactful and meaningful way to do this is to change the format slightly to accommodate the word "late" in front of your family member’s name. (Beyond the invitation wording, you have plenty of ways to honor a deceased parent during your ceremony and reception.) It can look something like this.

Together with their families, 

Ms. Heather Marie Smith, 

daughter of John Smith and the late Eliza Smith,

and Michael Francis Jacobson, 

son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jacobson,

request the honor of your presence at their marriage

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

At six o’clock in the evening

Plaza Hotel

New York, New York

Reception to follow

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Wedding Invitation Wording—Decoded

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The wording of formal wedding invitations may vary depending on who is hosting the wedding. Here are samples of formal wedding invitations based on a variety of hosting scenarios to help you properly word your own invitation.

Bride’s parents host the wedding and all guests are invited to the ceremony and the reception:

Doctor and Mrs. James Stuart Evans, Jr.

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Katherine Leigh

to

Mr. Brian Charles Jamison

Saturday, the twentieth of June

[two thousand fifteen]

at half after three o’clock

First Congregational Church

Spring Hill, Minnesota

and afterward at the reception

Spring Hill Golf Club

425 Oak Drive

RSVP

Bride’s parents, who are divorced and remarried, host the wedding together:

Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Meachen
and
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Levy
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Rachel Lynn Levy
and
Doctor Michael Brandon Smithson
Saturday, the twenty-second of March
two thousand eighteen
at six o’clock
Temple Sinai
Granville, Ohio

 

Bride’s mother and stepfather host:

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Denoyer
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Francine Anne Colby
to
Mr. Jonathan Baker Hamilton
Friday, the seventeenth of May
two thousand nineteen
at seven o’clock
Viansa Winery
25200 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, California

 

Bride’s only living parent hosts:

Mr. [Mrs.] Arthur Watson Driscoll
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his [her] daughter
Susan Patricia
to
Mr. Drew Randolph Morris
Saturday, the seventeenth of May
two thousand twenty
at two o’clock
New Haven Community Church
New Haven, Georgia

Groom’s parents host:

Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Diaz
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Ms. [Miss] Latoya Kenisha Armond
to
their son
Mr. Carlos Delapaz Diaz
Friday, the fourteenth of November
two thousand sixteen
at six o’clock
St. Thomas Cathedral
Spokane, Washington

Both the bride’s and the groom’s parents host:

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Zimmerli
and
Captain and Mrs. Aaron David Schwartz
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Cynthia Ann Zimmerli
to
Daniel Issac Schwartz
Saturday, the twenty-fifth of August
two thousand fifteen
at four o’clock
St. James Catholic Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bride’s parents host, and groom’s parents’ names are included:

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Zimmerli
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Cynthia Ann
to
Mr. Daniel Issac Schwartz
son of
Captain and Mrs. Aaron David Schwartz
Saturday, the twenty-fifth of August
two thousand fifteen
at four o’clock
St. James Catholic Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Bride and groom host:

Ms. [Miss] Andrea Jane Brigante
and
Mr. Robert Holden White
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the tenth of July
two thousand seventeen
at half after four o’clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

The honour of your presence
is requested
at the marriage of
Ms. [Miss] Andrea Jane Brigante
to
Mr. Robert Holden White
Saturday, the tenth of July
two thousand seventeen
at half after four o’clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

 

Both families host together:

Together with their families
Ms. [Miss] Andrea Jane Brigante
and
Mr. Robert Holden White
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the tenth of July
two thousand seventeen
at half after four o’clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

Bride’s other family members host:

Mr. Henry Stuart Evans
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his sister
Mary Ann
to
Mr. Drew Randolph Morris
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand nineteen
at one o’clock
The Ritz-Carlton
St. Louis, Missouri

Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Winstead
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their niece
Ms. [Miss] Mary Ann Cole
to
Mr. Drew Randolph Morris
Saturday, the fourth of June
two thousand nineteen
at one o’clock
The Ritz-Carlton
St. Louis, Missouri

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Now that you've picked out your stationary, it's time to take on wedding invitation wording -- whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what.

The good news is that wedding invitation etiquette rules aren't that complicated, after all. The rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. And no matter the case, they're there to serve as a guidelines. The most important rule of all is that you create a beautiful wedding invitation that represents you, your love and the big day to come (and communicates the vital details of the wedding) – so feel absolutely free to riff off these wedding invitation wording rules to create your own.

To help guide you, we're breaking down what each line means and what it typically includes.

All wedding invitations should include the following elements:

  • Who's hosting
  • The request to come to the wedding
  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The date and time
  • The location
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • Separate RSVP card

Take on Wedding Invitation Wording Line by Line

The Host Line: Who's Hosting

Traditionally, the bride's parents are the hosts of the wedding, and are named at the top of the invitation, even for very formal affairs. However, including the names of both sets of parents as hosts is a gracious option no matter who foots the bill. Also, more and more couples these days are hosting their own weddings, or do so together with their parents.

If it's a collaborative affair hosted and paid for by the bride, groom and both sets of parents, you can also use "Together with their parents, Emma and Jax request the pleasure of your company ..."

What If Any Parents are Deceased?

If you want to include the name of a parent who is deceased, you'll need to rearrange things a bit, as someone whose passed can't actually serve as a host. An alternate way, then, to include a deceased parent just means rearranging the wording a bit. Try this, for example:

Julia French, daughter of Mr. Adam French and the late Iris French,
and
Austin Mahoney, son of Mr. Camden and Elizabeth Mahoney,
request the honor of your presence
at their wedding
on the fifth of May, two thousand seventeen
at one o'clock in the afternoon
The Reagan Library
Simi Valley, California
Dinner & dancing to follow
Black tie required

What to Do If Any Parents are Divorced and/or Remarried

If the bride or groom's parents are divorced and you want to include both as hosts, you can include them all, just keep your each parent on a separate line. If you're going to include the name of stepparent, keep it on the same line. It might seem complex at first, but all it requires is a few more lines. This is an example of a bride with divorced (and remarried) parents' wedding invitation wording:

Dr. Vance and Elizabeth Gregory
and Mr. James Abner and Lydia Abner
and Mr. Harold and Jane Hyland
invite you the wedding of their children
Amy Abner and Charles Hyland 01.06.18 | 4 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
Newport, California
Reception immediately after

The Request Line: Please Come!

There are many ways to ask for the pleasure of your guests' company. Here are few options:

  • "the pleasure of your company"
  • "at the marriage of their children"
  • "would love for you to join them"
  • "invite you to celebrate with them"
  • "honour of your presence"

(Note: The British spelling of "honour" traditionally indicates the ceremony will be held in a church or another house of worship.)

The Names of Bride and Groom

If there names haven't been included in the host line, they should still take center stage a few lines down. No one would forget to add this to a wedding invitation, of course, but you might be wondering whose name should go first on a wedding invitation? Traditionally the name of the bride always precedes the groom's name. Formal invitations issued by the bride's parents refer to her by her first and middle names, the groom by his full name and title; if the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.

For a same-sex marriage, of course, the traditional rule of woman first and man second isn't applicable. You can choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better. Whether it's "Emily and Zara" or "Zara and Emily," it's going to be lovely either way.

The Date and Time

For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). The year is optional (the assumption being your wedding is on the nearest such date). Time of day is spelled out using "o'clock" or "half after five o'clock." The use of a.m. or p.m. is optional. For casual weddings, numerals are fine.

The Location

The street address of a venue is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host's home. The city and state should be written out in full in either case.

Reception Information

Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card. Otherwise, it can be printed on the wedding invitation itself if there is room; if the ceremony and reception are held in the same location, you may print "and afterward at the reception" or "reception immediately following." When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if the wedding reception is not immediately following the ceremony.

Dress Code

Wedding invitation etiquette dictates that the dress code, if it's to be included on the invitation, is is the lower right hand corner of the invitation. If you don't include a note on attire, the invitation will indicate the dress code. For example, if the invitation is very fancy, guests will likely anticipating a formal, black-tie affair, or conversely, if the invitation on the simpler side, that indicates a more casual dress code.

Separate RSVP Card

Most couples choose to include a separate response card for guests to fill out and return in the mail. You also have the option of having people RSVP via your wedding website. If that's the case, include the website address on a separate card, just as you would with an RSVP card, and indicate that guests can let you know if they can come directly on the site.

20 Real Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

1. Stacey and Peter

With great pleasure
Stacey Bullington
and
Peter Cunningham
invite you to join them
at the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, July 9, 2016
at two thirty in the afternoon
Santa Barbara Courthouse - Mural Room
Santa Barbara, California
Dinner and dancing to follow at Casa de la Guerra

2. Patricia and Caleb

Please join us for the wedding of
Patricia Ahn & Caleb Wright
Sunday
The 4th of December, 2013
at half past seven in the evening
The Foundry
Long Island, New York
reception to follow

3. Julia and David

Jerry & Georgian Sadowski
and Gary & Georgia Byrne
invite you to celebrate with their children,
Julia & David
on their wedding day
Friday | 07 Sep 12 | 3:30 p.m.
Cortelyou Commons, DePaul University: Ceremony
Peggy Norbert Nature Museum: Reception 6 p.m.

4. Grace and Russell

Grace and Russell Fitzpatrick
are gettin' hitched!
August 4th 2016
Join us at 5 o'clock
The West Palm
825 Oceanside Ave
St. Petersburg
Merriment to follow

5. Naomi and Harrison

Naomi and Harrison
Dr. and Mrs. Donnor Salvatore Quette
and Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Boalt
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children
Naomi Grace Quette and Harrison Luke Boalt
Saturday, the fifth of November, two thousand and sixteen
Six o'clock in the evening | The Inn at Serenbe | Palmetto, Georgia
followed by dinner & dancing

6. Rachel and Zach

Rachel & Zach
are getting married
October 19th 2013
Four o'clock in the evening
at the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Drinks Dancing Shenanigans to follow

7. Marin and Joseph

Doctor and Mrs. Ronald Kaleya
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Rothenberg
invite you to share in their joy
at the marriage of their children
Marin Sami and Joseph Benjamin
Saturday, the twenty-ninth of September
Two thousand twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Dinner and dancing to follow
Black tie invited

8. Rachel and Mark

Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Darby
Request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of their daughter
Rachel Faye
to
Mark Sebastian Catalano
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of September
Two thousand and eleven
at half after five o'clock
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Bali, Indonesia
Reception to follow

9. Stephanie and Taylor

Together with their families
Stephanie May Mattersen
and
Taylor Grant Kealey
Request the honor of your presence as they
Tie the knot
Friday May Twelfth, Two Thousand Fifteen
At two o'clock in the afternoon
Conservatory Garden
Central Park
New York, New York

10. Katie and Jacob

Katie & Jacob
would love your presence in celebrating their marriage
May 23rd 2013 | 3 o'clock in the afternoon
2701 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonvill FL 32296
Reception to follow

11. Chloe and Matthew

Love is in the air
Chloe Marie Sinclair & Matthew James Denton
Have the honour of announcing
their marriage
on Saturday, the tweny-fifth of August
Two thousand eighteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
Glochester Catholic Church
Dublin Ireland
C + M

12. Ben and Pilar

We're getting married!
Ben & Pilar
Please join us
10.11.2014
at 5:30 p.m.
Panorama Hills

13. Philip and Heath

Together with their families
Philip Parker
&
Heath Hartsell
Invite you to join them as they say "I Do!"
Saturday, the twenty-first of August | two thousand eighteen
Six o'clock in the evening | New Orleans, Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans New Louisiana
Dinner, dancing & drinks to follow | Black-tie optional

14. Emily and Michael

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