Wedding Stationery Wording

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How to Write Perfect Wedding Invitation Wording

Whatever your wedding invitation design it’s essential that your wedding stationery wording is word perfect. If you’re wondering what to write on your wedding invitations, then this guide will simplify everything for you.

For formal weddings, there are rules of etiquette to consider along with specific details that must not be missed out.

The wedding invitation wording is determined by who is hosting the wedding and their relationship to the Bride.

Of course, you don’t have to follow any rules at all! Your insert text can take any form, and this suits those couples opting for informal or modern ceremonies.

If you are going to make your wedding invitations, our wedding invitation examples will guide you. You’ll also find our wedding invitation wording templates a useful tool.

Save the Date Cards

To avoid sending out their wedding invitations too early many couples opt to send Save The Date cards or Save the Day cards. These are ideal for informing your guests about the date and time of the wedding before the wedding invitation and details are sent.

Include the date, ceremony location (if known) and that you would like them to keep the date free. State that the invitation will follow.

Save the Date cards with rose silk ribbon.

Informal Save the Date Cards

 

Sophia and Michael Armstrong

invite you to share in the

love and happiness of the

marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Rustic Save the Date Cards

Rustic 'Save the Date' cards.

Formal Save the Date Cards

 

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

and

Jasper Alex Hampton

invite you to share in their love

and happiness as they exchange

vows of marriage and begin their

new life together

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Wording Your Personalised Wedding Invitations

It’s important to include all the details within the invitation. Here’s what to include:

  • Names of the Bride’s parents or other hosts
  • First name of the Bride (for civil partnerships and commitment ceremonies first or full names of the couple)
  • First name and surname of the Groom and his title (Mr/Lieutenant/Sir)
  • Where the ceremony is taking place
  • Date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
  • Time of the ceremony
  • Location of the wedding reception
  • Address to which guests must reply
  • Name of the guests, if you have space to include the name of who you’re inviting, then it helps to avoid any confusion. If you’re anxious about writing this yourself, then it can be printed for you by your wedding stationer or written by a calligrapher. Remember to budget for this at the start.

Additional details for a formal traditionally worded wedding invitation:

  • Include all names written in full, including middle names, don’t be tempted to abbreviate
  • Avoid using abbreviations for times, dates and locations, e.g. ‘2 pm’ should be ‘two o’clock’, Rd should be ‘Road.’
  • Traditionally, the Bride is listed before the Groom using Christian and middle names only; however, please do bear in mind, some religions and military weddings require the opposite.
  • Punctuation is limited except following Mr., Mrs., etc. and where a break is required on a single line, e.g. on Friday, the 12th of August.
  • Numbers are usually spelt out as words, e.g. ‘3’ becomes ‘three’ unless the number has more than two digits.
  • If the ceremony is a religious one, ‘request the honour of your presence’ is the phrase used. If the ceremony is a civil one, this is replaced with, ‘request the pleasure of your company’.

Informal Wedding Invitations Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording

Make sure wedding invites are worded correctly

Choosing the wording for your wedding invites.

Informal Wedding Invitations

Bride's Parents Hosting

 

Sophia and Michael Armstrong

invite you to share in the

love and happiness of the

marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Informal Wedding Invitations

Bride and Groom Hosting

 

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

and

Jasper Alex Hampton

invite you to share in their love

and happiness as they exchange

vows of marriage and begin their

new life together

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations Wording

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Parents as Hosts Option 1

 

Mr and Mrs Armstrong

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to Jasper Alex Hampton

son of

Mr and Mrs Hampton

at 2 o’clock

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at

St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Parents as Hosts Option 2

 

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Armstrong

request the pleasure

of the company of

………………………………..

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Parents as Hosts Option 3

 

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Armstrong

request the pleasure

of the company of

………………………

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Parents as Hosts Option 4

 

Mr and Mrs Armstrong

and

Mr and Mrs Hampton

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of

Olivia Hazel

to

Jasper Alex

at 2 o’clock

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride and Groom Hosting

 

 

Miss (or Ms) Olivia Hazel Armstrong

and

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

 

request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage

 

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

 

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

 

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Couple with Both Sets Of Parents

 

Mr and Mrs Armstrong

and their daughter

Olivia Hazel

together with

Mr and Mrs Hampton

and their son

Jasper Alex

request the honour of your presence

at the wedding of

Olivia Hazel

and

Jasper Alex

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride' parents separated or divorced (still sharing the same name)

 

Mr. Michael Armstrong

and

Mrs. Sophia Gilmont

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

A divorced parent with their spouse/bride or groom's step parent

 

Sophia and Tom Kendall

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of Sophia Armstrong’s daughter

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

to

Jasper Alex Hampton

son of Mr and Mrs Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Jointly hosted by both parents who are now divorced

Mr Armstrong

and

Mrs Langdon

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

to

Jasper Alex Hampton

son of

Mr and Mrs Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride's parents divorced, mother remarried hosting the wedding together

Mr. Michael Armstrong

and

Mrs. David Langdon

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s parents divorced, mother absent or deceased, father remarried

 

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Armstrong

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of his daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s father absent or deceased and mother now remarried

 

Mr. & Mrs. David Langdon

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of her daughter

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s mother widowed and has not remarried

 

Mrs. Michael Armstrong (or Mrs Sophia Armstrong)

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of her daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride’s father as host

 

Mr Michael Armstrong

requests the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of his daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Bride's parents absent, groom's parents hosting

 

Mr. and Mrs. David Hampton

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their son

Jasper Alex

to

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Wedding Hosted by a Relative of the Bride, for example, an aunt and uncle

 

Mr and Mrs Matthew Patterson

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their niece

Olivia Hazel Armstrong

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray,

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

For a reception following a marriage that has already taken place eg it was overseas

 

Mr. & Mrs. John Armstrong

request the pleasure of your company

at a reception

following the marriage

of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

at Chiswick House & Gardens

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 6 o’clock

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Invitation to a Blessing which takes place after the wedding itself

 

Mr and Mrs Michael Armstrong

request the pleasure of your company

at the blessing of the marriage

of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to Mr Jasper Alex Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards at

Chiswick House & Gardens

 

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Register Office Wedding Invitation

Mr and Mrs Michael Armstrong

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

to

Mr Jasper Alex Hampton

at Manchester Register Office

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

and afterwards for luncheon at

The Midland

Wedding invitation with ivory silk ribbon.

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Renewal of Vows Invitation

 

 

Mr and Mrs (married couple’s names)

request the honour of your presence

at a ceremony to celebrate

the renewal of their wedding vows

on

(day and date)

at (time)

(venue)

 

RSVP Cards

If you include response cards (reply cards or RSVP’s), then these should be returned no later than four weeks before the wedding. Once these acceptances have received, you will be in a better position to send out the evening wedding invitations if you’ve not already done so.

If the reception venue requires you to seat a minimum number of guests, then guests from the evening list can replace any guests invited to the day who are unable to attend.

Always ask for any special dietary requirements on the RSVP card as this helps the wedding venue.

Having an RSVP card which includes a reply date means can follow up for replies after the date has passed.

RSVP Cards

Option 1

 

………………………

Accepts with Pleasure | Declines with Regret

invitation to the marriage of your daughter,

Olivia Hazel to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

on Saturday 4th September 2021

Please list any dietary requirements overleaf

Please kindly reply by 1st August 2021

 

RSVP Cards

Option 2

 

………………………

is/are pleased to accept your kind

invitation to the marriage of your daughter,

Olivia Hazel to

Mr. Jasper Alex Hampton

on Saturday 4th September 2021

Please list any dietary requirements overleaf

Please kindly reply by 1st August 2021

 

Included in your RSVP cards could also be options for:

  • Selecting a vegetarian or vegan option
  • Writing in the total number of family members who will be attending
  • Stating whether the guest will be attending both the service and the party/reception afterwards

Information Cards

These give all the additional details for your guests to help the big day run smoothly. The kind of things they can include are:

  • Directions and maps to the ceremony, Church or venue noting any useful information to help guests find the location
  • Information on parking and transport
  • Accommodation if available and details on booking and costs
  • Specify the dress code, e.g. black tie, smart, no jeans etc
  • Will food be served? (If it’s not a dinner/lunch party)
  • When will the wedding finish? Are Carriages available?
  • If children are invited, make this clear and include their name on the invitation. However, if you want a child-free party, include a short tactful note, such as: ‘We are sorry, but we are unable to accommodate children’
  • Social Media, how you’re managing this before, after and on the big day itself
  • Confetti, are you allowed it at the venue?
  • Gift information, while not considered appropriate for the invitation itself you can place information regarding your gift list, charity donations or requests on the information card.

Wedding Gift List Wordings and Poems

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 1



We know it’s not traditional it’s not the way it’s done
But instead of a wedding list we’d like a bit of sun.
Please do not think of us as rude please do not take offence
We do not want to upset you, that’s not the way it’s meant.
We’ve lived together quite a while and all the bills are paid
We’ve got our plates, our pots and pans, our plans have all been made.
So if you’d like to give a gift to help us celebrate
Some money for a honeymoon we would appreciate.

 

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 2

 

We are sending out this invitation in hope you will join a celebration,
But if a gift is your intention, may we take this opportunity to mention.
We have already got a kettle and two toasters,
crockery, dinner mats, and matching coasters.
So rather than something we have already got,
We would appreciate money for our honeymoon pot.
But most importantly we request,
that you come to our wedding as our guest!

 

 

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 3

 

So what do you get for the Bride and Groom,
Whose house has things In every room?
When shopping for a present, please, don’t be rash,
As the option is there to just give cash.


We hope that you don’t find our request to be funny,
But the decision is yours to buy a present,
or just give money,
Now you have the choice please do not fuss ,
the most important thing of all,
Is that you come and celebrate with us!

 

 

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 4

 

When thinking of a gift for us
We ask if you’d please consider
Contributing to our honeymoon
to make it all the sweeter.

Our house is full of all the things
a couple could require,
and so a holiday away
is what we most desire.

Then while we’re relaxing on the beach
or by the pool so blue
we’ll sit back and know
that it is truly thanks to you!

 

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 5

 

We’ve been together quite a while and have a lovely home,
There are not too many items, that we don’t already own.
So if your thoughts were on a gift, your presence will suffice,
but if you really feel the need, then vouchers/money would be nice.
The choice is really up to you, and we would like to say,
We hope you come, enjoy yourselves and have a lovely day.

 

Wedding Gift List Poem

Option 6


We have most of the things we need like a kettle and two toasters,

we have two different crockery sets with dinner plates and coasters,

Pots and pans, knives and forks, a chopping board for cheese,

If you would like to give us a gift we would like the money please!

Evening Wedding Invitation Wording

The evening invitation wording follows the same format of the day invitation but only refers to the evening reception. The most crucial detail is the date and time and location of the evening reception.

It’s wise to make sure that there is a clear difference between the day invitation and the evening reception invitation to avoid any chance of confusion.

For this reason, the evening invitations are often slightly different in design to the day wedding reception invitations and helps to eliminate any confusion.

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Evening Wedding Invitation Wording

 

Mr and Mrs Armstrong

request the pleasure of the company of

 

…………………………………………

at a reception

at Chiswick House & Gardens

on Saturday 4th September 2021

at 2 o’clock

following the marriage

of their daughter

Olivia Hazel

To

Mr Jasper Alex Hampton

 

Order Of Service Wording

An order of service is to help your guests follow the service without having to refer to hymn books or prayer books. The order of service contains a title page and up to four pages of text.

If the service is not a religious one then the same booklet is called an order of ceremony. The purpose of it is exactly the same.

Please note: it is important to obtain permission to use any hymn or piece of music still under copyright.

Order of Service

Title Page

 

Name of church

Location

 

The marriage of

 

Bride

&

Groom

 

 

date

time

 

Order of Service

Content

 

Entrance music for bride

Introduction

Hymn

The Marriage

Prayers (optional)

Reading (optional)

Blessing (optional)

Hymn

Reading/blessing (optional)

(optional)

Signing of the register

Exit music

 

Wedding Invitation Styles

Whether you’re opting for luxury wedding invitations or merely elegant wedding invitations, the wording should reflect the overall style of the day. The style of the invitation can also reflect on how informal or how formal your wedding will be.

Wedding invitation ideas for DIY wedding invitations:

  • Your wedding invitation design can be based on the time of the year of the big day. For example, an autumn wedding invitation can incorporate rich golds, coppers and burgundies or botanical illustrations. Spring wedding invitations can incorporate pastel tones, florals and blossoms.
  • Rustic wedding invitations often include kraft card, kraft envelopes, lace and rustic ribbons or twine.
  • Laser cut wedding invitations, delicate, and pretty their finely cut details allow you to do as little or as much work as you’d like
  • Floral wedding invitations, popular for weddings and ideal for coordinating with your flowers on the big day
  • Pocketfold wedding invitations are ideal for information-rich weddings and giving your guests all the information needed for the day. Pocketfold invites usually have internal pockets for RSVP cards, menus, hotel information and maps.
  • Passport wedding invitations or boarding pass styles are ideally suited for weddings abroad.
  • Online wedding invitations are often part of a wedding website. They can be useful, but there’s nothing quite like having a carefully designed heartfelt physical wedding invitation for such a special day.

Wedding Invitation Fonts

Take care when choosing a font for the wedding invitation text; it’s easy to be fooled into choosing some of the ornate calligraphy styles.

We’ve written lots of information about fonts here just make sure that the font you use for all the crucial details is clear and easy to read.

When To Send Wedding Invitations

Traditionally wedding invitation cards are sent to your guests approximately six to twelve weeks before the wedding date.

However, in our experience families tend to organise themselves well in advance, and the invitations are sent out much sooner than this.

How Many Wedding Invitations Do I Need?

You should allow one invitation per family, including a courtesy one for the Groom’s parents and the minister and their partner. Also include family and friends who you may already know cannot come, but who would appreciate receiving an invitation, for example, an elderly relative.

Wedding Invitation Printing

Our free wedding invitation templates for word will help you with the printing of your wedding invitations. You can personalise these with the details of your wedding.

Whether you are creating DIY wedding invitations, using a wedding invitation package or a printer, then take extra care over the proofreading as the details are critical to your guests.

Imagine the disappointment if the time to celebrate the marriage was incorrect and your guests arrived at the wrong time, especially if the time given was too late. Please take extra care over proofreading!

Making Your Wedding Invitations

Please note if you’re making handmade wedding invitations order enough craft materials to allow for errors and alterations. Make a few extras to allow for mistakes when writing out the invitations. It’s also far advisable to have spare invitations for any extra guests you may decide to invite at a later date.

Wedding Cancellation or Postponement

Please note if you’re making handmade wedding invitations order enough craft materials to allow for errors and alterations. Make a few extras to allow for mistakes when writing out the invitations. It’s also far advisable to have spare invitations for any extra guests you may decide to invite at a later date.

Wedding Cancellation

 

Owing to the sudden death of Mr Armstrong the wedding of his daughter

 

Olivia

to

Mr Jasper Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on 10th August 2021 will not now take place.

The marriage will take place privately at a date to be decided.

Wedding Postponement

 

Owing to the recent illness of Mrs Armstrong’s mother,

the wedding of her daughter

Olivia

to

Mr Jasper Hampton

at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bray

on 10th August 2021

has been postponed to 3 o’clock on 29th September 2021.