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 what not to include) to how to tackle that finicky hosting line—below, we’re breaking down all you need to know when crafting your text for wedding invitations. Read on for our top tips.
To keep your invitations formal, elegant, and elevated—we always recommend following a handful of guidelines as you craft your wedding invitation wording:
When it comes to proper wedding invitation etiquette, there are a few things that should never make their way into your wedding invitation wording. These include:
The bride’s married name: While you’ll likely be changing your name after 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.
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 your text for wedding invitations:
Reception to Follow
Grace Anne Clayton
daughter of Joan Clayton and the late Tyler Clayton
Carter Raymond Wilson
son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Wilson
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
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.
The bottom line? Getting your wedding 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 everything before 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 our stationery store to start customizing your suite today. Cheers, brides, to a seamless celebration!
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