Wedding Invitation Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording

tips & guidance for wedding invitation etiquette

Hooray, you’re engaged!! That means it’s almost time to order invitations. We're happy to answer all your questions about wording so you can enjoy designing your cards instead of stressing about what to say.  

Whether you prefer traditional phrasing or you’re doing your own thing, invitation wording is important because it not only provides the basic information, but it’s the very first impression your guests have of your wedding style and tone.  

Tone is created through the formality or casualness of your phrasing. If your parents are heavily involved in the wedding and they prefer more traditional etiquette, use a more formal tone. For more independent or modern couples, casual is a great alternative. Ultimately, this is your wedding, and your invite should be worded in whatever way is most satisfying and personal to you. Start by learning overall invitation structure and basic etiquette below, then put your own spin on wording and share it with your families for approval. Our stunning wedding invitations can be customized to the exact text layout you desire using our online customization tool. If you need assistance, Elli designers are happy to help for free!

Host Line

If your parents are paying for a big part of the wedding, it's customary to list their names first on your invitation. This is called the "host" line. Traditionally, the bride's parents are the hosts of the wedding, but these days it's common to see both parents listed on the invite. If you’re paying for the wedding yourself and prefer a more casual approach, you can nix a host line and just start with your names, or simply, "together with their families," followed by your names.
 

Couple's Names 

Spell out your full names, or a more modern and casual approach would be to only list your first names. Traditionally, the bride’s name is listed first. If there are two brides or two grooms, select an order that feels most natural or simply looks best in the design!  
 

Request Lines

Typically, religious ceremonies specifically use the phrase “request the honor of your presence” while any other location opens up a wide variety of phrasing options such as “request the pleasure of your company” “invite you to witness as they exchange vows” etc. We suggest being as creative as you like! It may help to browse our designs for wording inspiration.  
 

When & Where

Include the date & time of your wedding ceremony along with the venue name and complete address. Zip code is traditionally not included. Traditionally, the date is spelled out, starting with the day of the week then the numeric date, followed by the month, then year, and the time of day. Use “o’clock” or “half after” and “in the morning / afternoon / evening.” For modern or casual weddings, feel free to get forego tradition and use digits-only.
 

Reception  

If your reception will be held at the same location as your ceremony, include a reception line on your invite indicating what to expect, such as “cocktails & hors d’oeuvres to follow.” If your reception is at a different location, it’s traditional to put the information on a separate reception card detailing the location, time, and events to follow. Whether using a separate reception card or not, be sure to note the reception time if it does not immediately follow the ceremony. This is another great opportunity to show some personality by getting creative with wording!  
 

Attire & Other Details 

While an attire line is not always included, it can be helpful for your guests, especially if you desire a specific dress code. General attire categories include: White Tie, Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, Formal, Semi-Formal, Cocktail, Casual, Beach Formal and Beach Casual. If you’d like to include your wedding website, consider adding it to the back of your invitations and add a line like “for wedding details please visit” followed by your website’s URL. This keeps the front of your invitation beautiful and concise. That being said, if you have essential information on your website like online RSVP, listing it on the front will ensure your guests see it!  
 

A Note About Wedding Websites 

We suggest a free wedding website from withjoy.com because of their gorgeous designs and impressive capabilities. You're able to share your engagement photos and your love story, as well as include details that aren't customarily included on your wedding stationery (such as gift registries, or information about whether or not children are invited). Once you’ve nailed down your invites, focus on the wording for your RSVP and guest envelopes. The phrasing you choose for these items will help your guests know exactly who is invited and further set the tone. Feel free to mix & match response card layouts by customizing yourself or including Design Notes in your order. However you do it, we’ve got you covered! Let us know if you have any questions or comments to info@elli.com. 
 

Examples of wedding wording

 

Hosted by Bride's Parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Creighton
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Evelyn Michelle
to  
Andrew Christopher Hamilton
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of June
two thousand twenty three 
at one o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
112 Clarion Road
Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by Groom’s Parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hamilton
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Evelyn Michelle Creighton
to
Andrew Christopher Hamilton
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of June
two thousand twenty three 
at one o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church 112 Clarion Road
Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by Both Parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Creighton
and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hamilton
request the pleasure of your company  
at the marriage of their children
Evelyn Michelle Creighton
to Andrew Christopher Hamilton
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of June
two thousand twenty three 
at one o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
112 Clarion Road Atlanta, Georgia  

Hosted by Couple:
The pleasure of your company is requested  
at the marriage of Evelyn Michelle Creighton
to Andrew Christopher Hamilton
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of June
two thousand twenty three 
at one o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
112 Clarion Road
Atlanta, Georgia  

Informal Inclusive: 
Together with their families
Evelyn Michelle Creighton
and Andrew Christopher Hamilton
invite you to join them as they exchange vows
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of June
two thousand twenty three 
at one o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
112 Clarion Road
Atlanta, Georgia