How to word Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more than curly script and fancy paper - they're a tool for efficiently delivering information to your guests. Therefore, the challenge is to keep your wording elegant, while still efficient and informative- and luckily, there are formulas already in place for you.

slim modern invite

1. HOST LINE

A description of who is hosting the event (ex. Together with their families)

2. NAMES

The names of the couple (ex. Jane Does & John Smith)

3. INVITATION

The action line (ex. Invite you to celebrate their marriage)

4. INFORMATION

The time of wedding, the date, the location's name, and the city and state/province, with each of these on a different line and fully spelled out - for instance, instead of 2, write two.

(ex. Saturday June 6th, 2015/ At  Eight O'Clock in the evening/ St Michael's Cathedral/ 200 Church street/ Toronto, Ontario)

5. RECEPTION

A description of the after-party (ex. Dinner and dancing to follow)

Isabelle Collection - Anista Designs

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Natalie Collection - Anista Designs

traditional invite

1. NAMES

Proper names of those hosting the wedding (ex. Mr. and Mrs. Jones)

2. INVITATION

Request line (ex. request the honour of your presence)

3. EVENT

Description of the event taking place (ex. at the marriage of their daughter)

4. BRIDE NAME

The bride's full name (ex. Jane Anne Doe)

5. GROOM NAME

To the groom's full name (ex. to Jone Sam Smith)

6. INFORMATION

The time of wedding, the date, the location's name, and the city and state/province, with each of these on a different line and fully spelled out - for instance, instead of 2, write two. 

(ex. at 11 o'clock in the morning/ St. Michael's Cathedral/ 200 Church street/ Toronto, Ontario)

7. RECEPTION

A description of the after-party (ex. Reception to follow)

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Etiquette for traditional invitations can be elaborate - examples of traditional wording for all situations can be found here.

This guide is also helpful if you'd like traditional wording but find yourself in a non-traditional situation (i.e. divorced or re-married parents).