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When it comes to your wedding invitations, it can feel like there are a million tiny details to consider. From names, to titles, to plus ones and more, even addressing invitations can pose a challenge. While today I’m going to talk more about wedding invitation wording and what to include, I want to encourage you to download my free wedding guest list tracker here as well. Not only do I include a spreadsheet to track your guest list and RSVP’s, I also include several address formatting examples (that are guaranteed to answer some of your most frequently asked questions!). Grab your free copy here!
Got it? Great! Now let’s dive into some of the most common wedding invitation wording questions I get, and a complete guide on what to include on your wedding invitation!
The top of the invitation typically includes the hosts of the wedding and an invitation (or “request”) to attend. Traditionally, this would be the bride’s parents, but in 2023 it’s more common to also include the groom’s parents or simply list the couple themselves. Some couples are even choosing to leave the host line off entirely!
Host Line Examples:
As for the “request line”, there’s no need to overthink it. For a casual invite, you could say something like “Join us as we celebrate..” or “Together with our families, we invite you to join us”. For a more formal occasion, consider using language like “The honor of your presence is requested” or “Your attendance is cordially requested”. Remember, your invitation sets the tone for your wedding day!
Request Line Examples:
For a formal wedding in a place of worship:
“…request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their children…”
For a formal wedding NOT in a place of worship:
“….request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children…”
For a more casual wedding:
“…invite you to celebrate the wedding of…”
For a very informal wedding:
“…invite you to join the fun as they stand together in front of family and friends…”
You know you need to include your names on your wedding invitations, but it’s not as easy as it sounds, right? Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Next, you have to share all of your exciting wedding details with your guests! While there are nuances in every situation for your wedding invitation wording, here are a few tips for listing the date, time, and location.
1. The Date:
2. The Time:
3. The Location:
Rather than just tell you, I thought I would share some recent invitations I’ve designed in the studio so you can see how all of these elements come to life in different and unique ways! While I’ve tried to give examples of both formal and casual wedding invitation wording, don’t be afraid to mix and match or choose something in between so that your wedding invitations match the feel you want
In addition to the invitation, it is important to take into account other items such as Save the Dates (I have a complete guide for these components here!), as well as details like RSVP cards, and more (which I’ve laid out in this guide to invitation suite pieces here). It goes without saying that as a wedding invitation and stationery designer, I’m here to help you every step of the way as well! Whether you are a wedding planner serving your couples or you are the one getting married and are excited to invite your family and friends, you can learn more about working with me here or head here to jump in and get started!