When it comes to wedding invitation wording hosted by bride and groom, the rules of etiquette are more straightforward than you think.
When you and your future spouse are hosting your wedding:
“The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of Miss Angelina Jolie to Mr. Brad Pitt on Saturday, the eighteenth of June.”
You may also include your parents, whether they are still married or already divorced, in your wedding invitation. Your wording will then be:
“Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, together with their parents, request the pleasure of your company at their wedding on Saturday, the eighteenth of June.”
You can obviously tweak the words, but the styles as mentioned above are the most accepted. You should also remember that the venue for the wedding ceremony will determine the precise wording used on your invitation such that:
“Honor of your presence” means that it will be held in a house of worship, such as a church or a synagogue;
“The pleasure of your company” indicates that it will be held outside a place of worship, such as in a garden, reception halls, or beach
Titles for the Bride and Groom
If you are hosting your wedding, your titles are optional. The rule of thumb, nonetheless, is that the name of the bride always precedes the name of the groom preferably with both of their names spelled out in full especially in formal invitations.
Date and Time Lines
For formal weddings, the date and time of the marriage ceremony should be written out in full (i.e., no numerals used), such as “on the twenty of May.” You may or may not include the year with the assumption being that your wedding date is on the nearest such date. You have to spell out the time of day, too, such as “half after five o’clock” with the use of a.m. or p.m. for specificity being optional.
For casual weddings, you can use numerals although you may also follow the rules for formal weddings. The elegant wording will add a more stylish touch to the affair.
You don’t have to indicate the street address unless its omission will likely result in confusion, or the wedding will be held in your home. You must, furthermore, also write in full the city and state.
Keep these tips in mind:
If you are having a formal wedding, you should have a separate card for the reception information (e.g., where and what time it will be held).
If your wedding is a casual affair, you can print it on the marriage invitation provided there’s room for it.
If the wedding ceremony and reception are at the same venue, such as in a reception hall, you can include “reception immediately following” or “afterward at the reception.”
If the reception is in another venue than the ceremony, you have to place the location for the former in another line. In case the reception does not immediately follow the ceremony, you have to include the particular time as well.
The last line is usually reserved for the RSVP line. You may also enclose a separate RSVP card that the guests can mail back or ask your guests to reply via your email address or wedding website printed on the invitation card’s bottom portion. Your wedding invitation wording hosted by bride and groom is now complete!