Formal Wedding Invitation Wording: Examples & Pro Tips

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The one thing we get asked about time and time again as stationery pros?Wedding invitation wording. The way you word your invitations, after all, will give your guests an idea of what they can expect from the event itself. From what to include (and whatnot to include) to how to tackle that finicky hosting line—below, we’re breaking down all you need to know when crafting yourtext for wedding invitations. Read on for our top tips. 


Pro Tips for FormalWedding Invitation Wording:

To keep your invitations formal, elegant, and elevated—we always recommend following a handful of guidelines as you craft yourwedding invitation wording:


  • Don’t abbreviate: From date-and-time to city-and-state, spell outeverything on your wedding invitations. The same goes for addresses on the envelope—use “Boulevard” or “Street” as opposed to “Blvd.” or “St.”(Psst...check out our pro tips forhow to address wedding invitations.)

  • Don’t include “and” in the year: “Two thousand and nineteen” is a no-no. Properwedding invitation wordingwould be “Two thousand nineteen”.

  • Time is never capitalized: Use “at half after four in the afternoon” as opposed to “At Half after Four in the Afternoon” *The exception here would be if you’re using all capital letters for yourwedding invitation wording, like inthis wedding invitation example.

  • Use “half after” to describe times that are not on the hour: It is never “three thirty” or “half past.” Instead, use “half after three in the afternoon”.

  • Hyphenate compound numbers when writing the date: “Saturday the twenty-fourth of May”

  • What to include in yourwedding invitation wording

    Your invitations should always include a few basic things for your guests. These include:

    1. Host Line
    2. Request Line
    3. Bride’s Name
    4. Groom’s Name
    5. Date & Time
    6. Venue
    7. Reception Line (optional—you may omit this or include it on a separate card)

    Whatnot to include in yourwedding invitation wording

    When it comes to proper wedding invitation etiquette, there are a few things that should never make their way into yourwedding invitation wording. These include:


  • Your registry information: Instead, include your wedding website on a separate card, and then link to your registry on your wedding website.

  • The bride’s married name: While you’ll likely be changing your nameafter you’re married, you’re not quite there yet. Be sure to use your current/maiden name on your invitations and not your soon-to-be married name.

  • “No kids”: While it’s perfectly acceptable to request no little ones, you want to address this in a thoughtful, considerate way. The line “no kids” can feel a bit abrasive. Instead, opt for something like “An adults-only affair” or “While we love little ones, we kindly request the presence of adults only.” 

  • Wedding Invitation Wording Examples for Different Hosting Scenarios:

    From divorced to deceased, there are a number of different scenarios to account for when crafting the hosting line of your invitations—this can often be the trickiest part for engaged couples to navigate. Below are some samples to help you as you think through yourtext for wedding invitations:


    Bride’s Parents Hosting

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin

    request the honor of your presence  

    at the marriage of their daughter

     

    Grace Anne 

    to

    Carter Raymond Jones

     

    Saturday, the fourth of October

    two thousand twenty

    half after four o’clock

     

    St. Mary’s Catholic Church

    111 Main Street

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

     

    Both Parents Hosting

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin

    along with Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Wilson

    cordially invite you to attend

    the marriage of their children

     

    Grace Anne

    to

    Carter Raymond

     

    Saturday, the fourth of October

    two thousand twenty

    half after four o’clock

     

    The Milwaukee Art Museum

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

    Reception to Follow

     

    Couple Hosting

    Grace Martin

    and

    Carter Wilson

     

    request the pleasure of your company

    at their marriage

     

    Saturday, the fourth of October

    two thousand twenty

    half after four o’clock

     

    The Milwaukee Art Museum

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

    Reception to Follow

     

    Bride’s Parents Divorced, Stepparents not Mentioned

    Mrs. (or Ms.) Joan [Current Last Name]

    and Mr. Tyler Clayton

    cordially invite you to attend

    the marriage of their daughter

     

    Grace Anne Clayton

    to

    Carter Raymond Wilson

     

    Saturday, the fourth of October

    two thousand twenty

    half after four o’clock

     

    The Milwaukee Art Museum

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

    Reception to Follow

     

    Deceased Parent

    Because a deceased parent cannot technically request the presence of guests or issue an invitation, you’ll typically want to leave them off of your invitation. If the widowed parent has been remarried for some time, you might want to include the step parent’s name instead (using the same rules from above). However, if it’s important to you to honor a deceased parent, you can include “the late” in front of their name.


    Grace Anne Clayton

    daughter of Joan Clayton and the late Tyler Clayton 

    and

    Carter Raymond Wilson

    son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Wilson


    request the pleasure of your company

    at their marriage

     

    Wedding Invitation Wording Request Line Examples:

    There are a number of proper ways to word the request line on your wedding invitations. A few of our favorites include:

     

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of their daughter

     

    invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their daughter

     

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their children


    invite you to share and celebrate the marriage of their children


    invite you to join them in the celebration of their union


    invite you to share in their joy as they become husband and wife


    request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their union

     

     joyfully invite you to share in a celebration of love and commitment


    Pro Tip: “Request the honor/honour of your presence” is typically used for religious ceremonies held in a church, temple, or another place of worship. You may choose to use either the American spelling (honor) or the British spelling (honour), either is correct. If you choose to use the British spelling you should match the formality on your reply card by using “favour of your reply”.  If your wedding will be held at a non-religious venue, use the phrase “request the pleasure of your company” or another more casual request line instead.


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    The bottom line? Getting yourwedding invitation wording right is imperative when it comes to setting the tone for an elegant, elevated celebration. Use today’s tips to guide you as you craft your wording—and, as always, be sure to get a second set of eyes to look over everythingbefore you approve your digital proof for printing.


    Want even more wedding stationery tips? Browse the rest of our blog for advice and inspiration—or head to ourstationery store to start customizing your suite today. Cheers, brides, to a seamless celebration!




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