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Basic Wedding Invitation Wording

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If you are having a traditional wedding, there’s no reason to use traditional wedding invitation wording. While you should still make sure to include all the details of who, when, what, and where, you can then use your creativity to make your wedding invitation wording reflect your style and personality as well as accurately depict the wedding itself. Follow these simple steps for writing your wedding invitations, referring to the sample wedding invitation wording.
Step 1: Who is Hosting?
The first names your guests will see on your wedding invitation are those of the people who are paying for the event. Traditionally, this has been the bride’s parents, and so it reads:

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Beazley or Kate and Marvin Beazley

If the bride and groom are hosting, then the line reads

Ms. Jane Doe and Mr. Sam Smith
or,
Together with their families, Jane Doe and Sam Smith

Step 2: The Request

The next line in a wedding invitation is the one that requests that your guests attend.
If your ceremony is at a place of worship, note the formal British spelling of the word “honor.” The word daughter is used as an example and should be the gender of the person whose parents are hosting. If, on the other hand your ceremony is at home or other secular location, then the line should read:

Step 3: Date and Time

Traditionally, these are spelled out:

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and six
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Step 5: The Location

If the ceremony is at a well known location, you needn’t include the address, but for smaller locations, or your home, you’d want to write out the address.

Step 6: Time for the Reception

Let your guests know there is going to be a party. This can either be included on the wedding invitation or on a separate reply card.
On the wedding invitation, it would read

Reception to follow at the Briar Hills Country Club

If you’re not serving a full meal, it is nice to let guests know. You might write:

And afterwards for cocktails and cake in the Rose Room.

A separate reception card is often good to use if the ceremony and reception are in different places, or the reception doesn’t immediately follow the ceremony. It might read something like

Reception
8 o’clock

Parker Grand Hotel
342 Allen Road
Pike, Oregon

Step 7: Get Them to RSVP

Traditionally, R.S.V.P.was written on the invitation, and guests knew to reply on their own stationary. Now, most couples find that they get responses more promptly if they include a separate reply card.

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