Wedding Invitation Wording

The following guide is provided to help you with your wedding invitation wording. The sample invitation below shows the basic information that should be included:

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Wedding hosts: typically who is paying for the wedding

Invitation Request: etiquette dictates the phrase “the honour of your presence” be reserved for weddings held in houses of worship, while “the pleasure of your company” is used for weddings in other locations.

The couple’s names: the bride is normally listed first.

Date and time: spell out the day of the week, date and year (the year should not be capitalized) or to save space you can use an abbreviation such as “Saturday, June 6th 2015 at 5:00 p.m.”.

Location: include the venue name, street address, city and state (no abbreviations). The zip code should not be included.

Reception information, if space permits or use a separate card. Modern couples are also adding a qr code that links to their wedding website.

RSVP information can include a name and phone number or website address, or use a separate self-addressed and stamped card that will be mailed back to the host.

Invitations can also include “Adults only” or “Black tie attire”, but they should not include any reference to gifts.

Wedding Announcement Wording

Announcements usually follow the format of the invitations and are mailed on the day of the wedding ceremony.

Reception Card Wording

If a separate reception card is preferred, it will announce the time and location of the reception. You can also add your wedding website address or even a QR code for convenience.

Reply Card Wording

Reply cards simply ask your guest to check whether or not they can attend and include a self-addressed and stamped envelope or postcard for them to return. Response cards may also include a selection of entrees for the reception allowing guests to indicate their preferences.

Pre-printed reply cards  are available and be used as a postcard or with reply envelopes, sold separately. Printed as shown on 80# heavyweight cover made from 100% post consumer fibers, order at http://formal-invitations.com/OR-GENRWHIT.html

Addressing Wedding Invitations

According to proper wedding etiquette, wedding invitation envelopes should be hand-addressed with the guests’ names. It might be tempting to use generic computer labels, but they can never match the care that has gone into hand-addressing the envelope. Setting up and feeding individual envelopes into the printer is another option, but this can be difficult and time consuming, plus it has a business-like feel, instead of a personal look, which is desired for this most special announcement.

Assembling Wedding Invitations

If two envelopes are being used, the smaller inner envelope is addressed with only the guest(s) name, such as “Mr. and Mrs. Grant Thompson” “Miss Johnson and Guest”. The outer envelope is addressed with the guest’s full name and address. Avoid using abbreviations for streets and cities. When assembling your invitations, the reply card with stamped envelope or reply postcard should be on top, then the reception card, then the invitation. If two envelopes are used, all of the enclosures are placed in the inner envelope face up. The inner envelope is placed (unsealed) in the outer envelope, with the flap facing back so that your guest sees his or her name upon opening.

Mailing Wedding Invitations

Before stamping, bring a sample of the completed invitations to the post office to determine the correct postage. Invitations should be mailed six weeks before your wedding or eight weeks for out-of-town guests or if your wedding falls near a holiday.

Wedding hosted by bride and groom:

Emma Margaret Johnson
and Jack Warren Smith
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

~or~

Emma Margaret Johnson
and Jack Warren Smith
request the pleasure of your company
in celebrating their union of marriage
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

~or~

Emma Margaret Johnson
and Jack Warren Smith
invite you to join them
in celebrating their marriage
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Hosted by bride’s family:

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Johnson
invite you to join them
in a celebration of love
as their daughter, Emma Margaret
is united in marriage to
Mr. Jack Warren Smith
son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Hosted by bride, groom and both families:

Together with their parents (or families)
Emma Margaret Johnson
and Jack Warren Smith
invite you to join them
in celebrating their marriage
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

The Johnson and Smith families
invite you to join them
in celebrating the marriage of
Emma + Jack
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Hosted by bride’s and groom’s families:

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Johnson
and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith
request the honour of your presence
to witness the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
uniting their children
Emma Margaret to Jack Warren
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Hosted by groom’s family:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Emma Margaret Johnson
to their son, Jack Warren Smith
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Wedding hosted by divorced parents:

Mrs. Audrey Jones
and Mr. Kevin Johnson
invite you to join them
in a celebration of love
as their daughter, Emma Margaret
is united in marriage to
Mr. Jack Warren Smith
son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

When one parent is deceased:

Emma Margaret
daughter of Audrey Johnson and the late Kevin Johnson
and Jack Warren Smith
invite you to join them
in celebrating their marriage
on Saturday, the sixth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

Quotes to use for header or ending:

Share with us Our Wedding Day

Share in our Friendship and Love

One does not fall into love; one grows into love, and love grows in him. –Karl Menninger

All love is sweet, given or returned. Common as light is love, and its familiar voice wearies not ever. –Percy Bysshe

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. –Plato

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. –Unknown

A heart that loves is always young. –Greek Proverb

Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts. — William Shakespeare

True love is but a glimpse of heaven. –Unknown

Anniversary Invitation Wording:

The honor of your presence is requested
at the reaffirmation of wedding vows of
Grace and Thomas Smith
on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
at 6:00 p.m.
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

~or~

In honor of the
25th Wedding Anniversary of
Grace and Thomas Smith
their children and grandchildren
request the pleasure of your company
on the 7th of February
two thousand and fifteen
at six o’clock in the evening
Manor on the Hill
323 South Oceanview Drive
Oakton, California

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The following guide is provided to help you with your wedding invitation wording. The sample invitation below shows the basic information that should be included:
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