Wedding invitation wording is something that often flummoxes our lovely clients… With that in mind, if you don’t consider yourself a modern day Shakespeare we have put together this handy guide for you so pick the right words to set the perfect tone of your wedding day.

Contemporary wedding invitations are all about expressing yourselves as a couple and so the first two things you should consider before attempting to word your wedding invitations are will you be having a traditional and formal day or will you be having an entirely laid back and informal affair?

Secondly, who will be hosting the wedding day?? Are you paying for the majority of the wedding, or are your parents footing the bill? Maybe it’s a combination of both of you.

The style of wedding day you have chosen to have will set the tone for your wedding invitation wording. More formal and traditional affairs are best kept to formal language in the invitation. If it is a laid back wedding, you have scope to be a bit more tongue in cheek with your wedding invitation wording.

Whether you choose a formal or informal affair there are certain pieces of essential information you should include on your wedding stationery

  • Who you are inviting
  • What does the invitation cover…wedding ceremony, the reception or the evening shindigs
  • The name and location of the wedding venue – you want your guests to be able to find you!
  • Date and time of the ceremony or celebrations
  • RSVP – include information on when your guests need to RSVP by and where and to whom they should be sending their response.
  • The price of postage is rising, and email is becoming increasingly popular. Whilst we think a guest will always prefer to receive an invitation through the post, an emailed RSVP is a very sensible option. The RSVP always comes at the end of an invitation, but instead of a postal address, put a specially made email address, or even wedding website created by the couple that has capabilities to receive and monitor RSVPs.

 

There are of course what we like to call “optional extras” that can also be included in your wedding stationery

  • Wedding Dress Code – maybe you’re lusting after a black tie affair, or maybe you dream of all of your female guests rocking a floral crown… be sure to let them know in your wedding invites.
  • Food Requirements – more and more venues are offering a choice of meals for your guests and let’s not forget about food allergies and lifestyle choices.
  • Your gift list – you will undoubtedly get people asking what wedding presents and gifts you would like on the run up to your wedding so including all of details on your wedding invitation is a great way to keep than informed.

Is the wedding at a place of worship or at a non religious venue?

If the celebration is held at a place of worship, the request line should be “request the honour of your presence.”
If your wedding is to be held at a non-religious venue, the request line should read “request the pleasure of your company.”

 

Formal and Religious, Bride’s Parents Hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. John Cable request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Lucy Anne
to
Mr Anthony John Sewell
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
St Andrew’s Church, Sussex

 

 

Formal and Non-Religious, Bride’s Parents Hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. John Cable
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Lucy Anne
to
Mr Anthony John Sewell
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
Beauvoir Castle, Sussex

 

Formal and Religious, Groom’s Parents Hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. David John Sewell
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Lucy Anne Cable
to their son
Anthony John
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
St Andrew’s Church, Sussex

Bride’s Parents Hosting, but including Groom’s Parents on the Invitations, Formal and Non-Religious:

Mr. and Mrs. John Cable
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Lucy Anne
to
Mr Anthony John Sewell
son of Mr. and Mrs. David John Sewell
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
Beauvoir Castle, Sussex

 

Bride and Groom’s Parents Co-Hosting

Both sets of parents are included at the top of the invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. John Cable
Mr. and Mrs. David John Sewell
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

Bride and Groom Hosting (with or without families)

There is no need to include the parents’ names.

 

Formal and Religious, couple hosting:

The honour of your presence
is requested at the wedding of
Miss Lucy Anne Cable
to
Mr. Anthony John Sewell
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
St Andrew’s Church, Sussex 

Formal and Non Religious, couple hosting:

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the wedding of
Miss Lucy Anne Cable
to
Mr. Anthony John Sewell
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
Beauvoir Castle, Sussex

Formal, Non Religious, Hosting with their families:

Together with their families
Miss Lucy Anne Cable
to
Mr. Anthony John Sewell
request the pleasure of your company at their wedding
Saturday, the twenty-second of August
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’ clock in the afternoon
Beauvoir Castle, Sussex