Part 1: Wedding Invitation Wording
I recently talked about the importance of wedding etiquette, but now I want to give you the tools to apply this to your own wedding. Throughout this four-part series, you will learn everything you need to know about wording.
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I’m going to break down each line that makes up your wedding invitation wording. This way you will know the actual reason behind them so nothing gets left out.
The announcement line is an optional line that is being used less and less often. This line consists of a phrase such as “with great joy” or “with joyous hearts”. It’s used to show your pure joy and excitement.
The host line is where you state who is hosting your wedding. Who is the one throwing the reception? Who is doing the inviting? You will list the hosts names here. This may be one set of parents, both sets of parents, the couple, or all of the above! In this case, you would use the phrase “together with their families”.
After the host line, the request line is used to do the actual inviting! “Request the honor/honour of your presence” is the most traditional for ceremonies taking place in a house of worship. “Request the pleasure of your company” is a common option for ceremonies not in a house of worship.
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What are you inviting your guests to? The event line is where you make that clear. “At the marriage of their daughter” is commonly used for weddings where the bride’s family is hosting. You can also omit “their daughter”. “At the wedding of” and “at the ceremony uniting” are a couple other options that are seen pretty often.
This is where you list the couple’s names, typically connected with a “to” in between. Certain religious affiliations will use “and” instead. You would traditionally include middle names, but including last names depends on who is hosting and if their last names are the same.
“Son of” Line
This is another optional line. If the bride’s family is hosting, some couples like to include the “son of” line to make sure the groom’s parents get acknowledged.
The Information Lines
This is where you give your guests the important details. When? Where? This is actually multiple lines that should be written in this specific order:
- Date: Make sure to write out all numbers. Ex: “Saturday, the fifth of September”
- Year: The year is properly written as “two thousand nineteen”
- Time: You also write out the numbers here. Ex: “five o’clock in the afternoon”. The time of day is not always necessary. Make sure to use “half past” or “quarter past” if your ceremony is not on top of the hour.
- Location:Write out the full name of the venue. The address is not included unless it could be mistaken for a different venue.
- City, State: This pretty self explanatory. Make sure not to abbreviate the state.
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This is the line that typically says “reception to follow” or “dinner and dancing to follow”. This line is also optional, and it should only be used in your wedding invitation wording if your reception is immediately following the ceremony in the same venue. If you need to tell your guests a different venue or time, this should be explained on a separate card.
Dress code should usually be left out of your wedding invitation wording unless it is absolutely necessary. For example, if your wedding is a black tie affair, you can include “black tie” in the bottom right corner.
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This covers the purpose behind each line in your wedding invitation wording, but I know there are so many different situations that I can’t cover in one post. Reach out if you have any specific questions!