Wedding Invitation Wording

The right wording for the wedding invitations can be a real challenge for today's Bride and Groom.

With so many blended families and marriages later in life, even second and third marriages, trying to put it all on paper can be tricky.

There are some basic rules to follow when creating your wedding invitations. But it is your wedding and the invitation should not only provide the guests with a glimpse of the excitement to come, but the wedding invitation should also set the theme for the wedding.

When wording your wedding invitations, it is usually the party hosting the event who are inviting the guests, i.e.: parents celebrating the marriage of their children.

If your parents are divorced, the person who raised you customarily issues the invitations.

If your parents are deceased, your guardian, closest relatives or family friend may host the wedding and issue the invitations.

Use these ideas as a guide to you wedding invitation wording.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording:

The names at the top of the invitation should be those of the party paying for the wedding.

Example:


Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Catherine Mary
to
Edward Steven Mackay

If you would like to honor the parents that are not paying for the wedding, you may wish to add a line after their child's name.

Example:
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Catherine Mary
to
Edward Steven Mackay
son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mackay

If both sets of parents are paying for the wedding, all of their names should be at the top of the invitation.

Example:
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mackay
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Catherine Mary
and
Edward Steven

If the couple is paying for the wedding and would like to honor their parents, they may choose to place their parents' names after their own

Example:
The honour of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Catherine Mary Smith
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
to
Edward Steven Mackay
son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mackay

It is never acceptable to mention gifts in the wedding invitation.

It is the responsibility of the family and wedding party to let guests know where the couple is registered. It can be included in the shower invitations as well. Even if you are asking that no gifts be brought, the invitation is not the place to mention this. It implies that gifts are expected, which should never be true.

Which words are capitalized?

Capitalization can be very confusing when wording your wedding invitations. Words that are always capitalized should, of course, remain capitalized. As a general rule, the first word of the first line is capitalized, as is the first letter of the year, which should be on its own line. Numbers (other than the number part of the address or numbered streets with more than two numbers) and states are always spelled out. The rules may seem very silly and arbitrary, but there will always be someone who notices changes!

Remember to include the names, date, time, and location.

Example:
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Catherine Mary
to
Edward Steven Mackay
son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mackay
Saturday, the fourteenth of August
Two thousand four
at five o'clock in the evening
Our Lady of Peace Church
123 Happyland Avenue
Disneyland, California

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