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How to word your wedding invitations

It can be slightly daunting when you first start to plan your wedding invitations. I had many questions when I started thinking about my own wedding stationery. One of my main concerns was how to correctly word them. I googled, researched, read and made notes on all the different ways you can compose an invitation. From my extensive research, I thought I would put together a selection of examples which may help your own decision process.



In truth, it is entirely up to you how you word your invites but if you are working with a custom stationery designer, they will be able to help you with this process. One of the key things to bear in mind when creating your stationery is to keep things consistent with the overall feel of your wedding. Your invitations need to communicate to your guests, vital details of your day as well as hinting at your wedding theme. There is no point in applying a traditional tone of voice if you are planning a modern, casual affair.


Key things that are usually included on wedding invitations are:

  • Who is hosting (paying for) your wedding?

  • Bride and Groom names (traditionally the bride’s name goes first).

  • The location of the ceremony.

  • The location of the reception (if different from the ceremony).

  • Date and time of the wedding.


Formal/Traditional

Traditionally, the bride’s parents would pay for the wedding and therefore the invitation would come from them as the hosts. As the bride’s parents would be hosting, the RSVPs would be returned to them as well.


Example

Mr & Mrs. Arthur Weasley

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their daughter

Lilly Weasley

To

Harry Potter

Son of Mr & Mrs. James Potter


Another formal and traditional option is for both the bride and groom’s parents to both host the wedding. In this case the wording would be slightly different and one key thing to note is that the bride’s family is still listed before the groom’s (no matter who’s parents are paying the most - yikes).


Example

Mr & Mrs. Jack Granger

With Mr & Mrs. Arthur Weasley

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their children

Hermione Granger

To

Ronald Weasley



Semi-Formal

I would say that a vast majority of weddings follow a less traditional format these days. For example, a lot of people get married at the same location as their reception. Many couples also pay for their own wedding with contributions from their families. This can therefore be reflected in the wording.


Example

Together with their families

Hermione Granger

& Ronald Weasley

Invite you to celebrate their marriage


Casual

Of course, you can absolutely word your invitations however you like, as long as it fits in with the style of your wedding. You can play around with puns, use expressive words, use exclamation marks!! - it is after all your wedding.


Example

Ginny & Harry are getting married!

Let’s have a party!


Example

Hermione & Ron

Invite you to celebrate their love


Example

Nothing fancy, just love!

Luna & Neville

Invite you to celebrate their marriage


Example

Come for the love. Stay for the party

Fleur and Bill are getting married!


If you have any fun examples or alternative wordings, please let me know in the comments below. I love discovering new ways to compose the invitations.


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