Invitation Wording

Your invitation wording may vary depending on the type of wedding you will be having and depending on the type of families you both have. Now you need to ask yourself... are you and your fiancé(e) hosting your wedding? Are both sets of parents hosting? Are you hosting and both sets of parents are helping? These days everyone's situation is different. I'm listing many examples below from traditional to fun and casual...

Traditional Wording - In its simplest form, this is the standard wording template:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan River [proper names of those hosting]

request the honor of your presence [request line]*

at the marriage of their daughter [list relationship of the bride to the host]

Elizabeth Anne [bride's first and middle names only]

to Joshua James Smith [groom's full name]

Saturday the sixth of May  [day of the week, day and month of wedding]

Two thousand and sixteen  [year of wedding]

at six o'clock in the evening [time of wedding and time of day]

Plaza Hotel [name of the location of wedding]

New York, New York [city and province where wedding will take place]

Reception to follow [reception line]

 

The above gives you the basic verbiage... I've added more options and variations:

Bride's parents hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith

request the honor of your presence 

at the marriage of their daughter 

Isabella Marie 

to 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

on Saturday, November 27

at half past eight o'clock in the evening 

153 North Rosewood Street

Toronto, Ontario

 

Bride's parents, divorced:

Mr. Charles Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dwyer 

request the honor of your presence 

at the marriage of their daughter 

Isabella Marie 

to 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

 

Bride and groom's parents hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith

and 

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Callahan

invite you to share in the ceremony 

uniting their children

Isabella Marie 

to 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

on Saturday, November 27, 2004 

at half past eight o'clock in the evening 

One Nob Hill 

San Francisco, California

 

Bride and groom's parents, divorced (example 1):

Mr. Charles Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dwyer

together with

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Callahan

invite you to share in the ceremony 

uniting their children

Isabella Marie 

to 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

 

Bride and groom's parents, divorced (example 2):

Mr. Charles Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dwyer

request the honor of your company 

at the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Marie 

to 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Callahan

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Mason

 

Bride and groom's parents, divorced (example 3):

Please join our families 

on this special occasion 

when our children

Isabella Marie 

and

Edward Jonathan Callahan

will be married

 

Bride, groom, and parents hosting (example 1):

Together with their parents 

Isabella Marie Smith

and 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

request the honor of your presence 

at their marriage

 

Bride, groom, and parents hosting (example 2):

Isabella Marie

and 

Edward Jonathan 

together with their parents 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith

and 

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Callahan

invite you to share in the joy 

when they exchange marriage vows 

and begin their new life together

 

Bride and groom hosting: 

Miss Isabella Marie

and 

Mr. Edward Jonathan Callahan

request the honor of your presence 

at their marriage

 

Bride, groom, and children hosting (example 1): 

Miss Isabella Marie Smith

and 

Mr. Edward Jonathan Callahan

along with their children 

Anne and Peter

invite you to join in the blending 

of their families through marriage

 

Bride, groom, and children hosting (example 2): 

Anne and Peter

invite you to the ceremony 

that will make them brother and sister 

and that will make their parents 

Isabella Marie Smith

and 

Edward Jonathan Callahan

husband and wife

 

And yes there is more.... you maybe also want fun, casual and simple examples:

Sweet and Simple

Together with their families

Alexis Lee West

and

Taylor Eliot Keegan

request the pleasure of your company

at the celebration of their marriage

Saturday, the seventh of June

two thousand seventeen

at half past four in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion

409 Ocean Parkway

Brooklyn, New York

Dinner and dancing to follow

 

Fun & Irreverent

Alexis Lee West

and

Taylor Eliot Keegan

Are Gettin’ Hitched!

Please join us

For a celebration of love, friendship,

laughter, and family

Saturday, June 7, 2016

at 4:30 in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion

409 Ocean Parkway

Brooklyn, New York

Fabulous food, fun, and festivities to follow

Creative

Your love and friendship have

helped us become who we are.

Together with our parents,

we invite you to share our joy

and support our love,

as we exchange vows and

celebrate our marriage.

Sophia Lee Rutherford
and
David Michael Davis

Sunday 23rd August at 2 o'clock
The Ashes, Endon, Staffordshire

A celebration with dinner, drinks
and dancing will follow.