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Wedding Invite Wording Tips

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wedding invite wording

One of the first questions that comes up when you decide to send the invitations, after you’ve decided who to send them to, is the wedding invite wording. It is an area of etiquette that few people are familiar with unless you are a calligrapher or wedding coordinator. The wedding invite wording depends on whether the invitations are formal or casual and who is sending the invitation.
Formal invitations will spell out the day of the month, the month and the time of the wedding. More casual wedding invitations will spell use numbers in place of words. For example, a formal wedding invitation says it is Sunday, April Third, Two Thousand and Fourteen at Two O’clock in the Afternoon. A casual wedding invitation would refer to the date as Sunday, April 3, 2014 at 2 PM.
Invitations from the Bride and Groom Hosting the Event
Bride Name and Groom Name
Request the pleasure of your attendance at their upcoming wedding.
It will be held Day of the week, date of the wedding.
Insert address here.
Note whether the reception is to follow and its location (or to be held at all)

Invitations from the Bride and Groom with Others Hosting the Event

Together with Host Name(s)

Bride Name and Groom Name
Request the pleasure of your attendance at the celebration of their union.
It will be held Day of the week, date of the wedding.
Insert address here.
Note whether the reception is to follow and its location (or to be held at all)
Invitations by the Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents Names
Request the pleasure of your attendance to the wedding of their daughter, Daughter’s Name, and Groom’s Name
It will be held Day of the week, date of the wedding.
Insert address here.
Note whether the reception is to follow and its location, if a reception is held

Invitations by the Groom’s Parents

Groom’s Parents Names
Request the pleasure of your attendance to the wedding of their son, Son’s Name, and Bride’s Name
It will be held Day of the week, date of the wedding.
Insert address here.
Note whether the reception is to follow and its location, if a reception is held

Invitations from Both Sets of Parents

Groom’s Parents Names
Bride’s Parents Names
Request the pleasure of your attendance at the marriage of
Groom Name and Bride Name

Date and time of wedding
Location of Wedding
Reception information as applicable

What do you do if one of the bride or groom’s parents is not involved, whether deceased or simply not present? If the parent is deceased, then the invitations would say “Mrs. Bride Name” or “Mrs. Groom Name” alone, though it isn’t necessary anymore to say “Mrs. Bride Name and the late Mr. Bride”.
In the case of divorced parents, you can stack the names of the hosts. This is especially appropriate when they have different names.

Invitations from Divorced Parents of the Couple

Bride’s Mother’s Name
Bride’s Father’s Name
Request the pleasure of your attendance at the marriage of their daughter, Bride Name
to
Groom Name

Date and time of wedding
Location of Wedding
Reception information as applicable

If the wedding invitation comes from an unmarried couple or the bride’s parents and step-parents, all formal hosts can be listed in the same, stacked manner. This method of listing the hosts can also be used when the bride and groom’s parents are all separated or unmarried. The use of the “Mr. and Mrs. Name” or “Mr. Name and Mrs. Name” presupposes that the couple named is married.

Also Keep in mind, that being listed as a host does not necessarily mean that the bride’s parents are footing the bill. The invitation can still use the traditional wording even when other financial arrangements have been made. However, it is quite common now for the bride and groom to host their own wedding. The proper way to word the invitation is “The honor of your presence (or “pleasure of your company”) is requested at the marriage of Miss Jessica Johnson to Mr. Henry Daniel, etc.”.

This form can be very useful when the couple between them has too many parents, step-parents, and so forth to fit on a standard size wedding invitation. It can also be a life saver when the groom’s parents are splitting the wedding expenses with the bride’s family, and there is squabbling about who should get “top billing”, as it were.
Finally, you should be sure to either add a request for a response in the lower left hand corner of the invitation (either “R.s.v.p.” or “the favor of a rely is requested”) or include a separate response card.

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