Sample wedding invitation wording to get you started!



Your wedding invitation wording will tell your guest some important details about your big day. It also provides your guests an idea of who is inviting them (parents of the bride and groom or the bride and groom themselves).

The person or persons doing the inviting is who is actually paying for the wedding.

Sample wording for a couple paying for their wedding:

Leslie A. Jones
And
John R. Smith

Have chosen the first day
Of their new life together
As Saturday, the Fifteenth of July
Two thousand and eleven

You are invited to share in their joy
As they exchange marriage vows
At Six Thirty in the evening

The wedding venue
1 Main St
Portland, ME 04102

Reception immediately following

Sample wording for when the bride’s parents are paying:

Mr. and Mrs. John Jones
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Ann
To
Mr. John Smith
On Saturday, the Fifteenth of July
Six Thirty in the evening
The wedding venue
1 Main St
Portland, ME 04102

Reception immediately following

Sample wording for when the groom’s parents are paying:

Mr. and Mrs. James Smith
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their son
John Smith
To
Leslie Jones
On Saturday, the Fifteenth of July
Six Thirty in the evening
The wedding venue
1 Main St
Portland, ME 04102

Reception immediately following

Sample wording for when both sets of parents are paying:

Mr. and Mrs. James Smith
And
Mr. and Mrs. John Jones
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their children
Leslie Ann Jones
To
John Robert Smith
On Saturday, the Fifteenth of July
Six Thirty in the evening
The wedding venue
1 Main St
Portland, ME 04102

Reception immediately following

Special note for military ceremonies:

For military ceremonies, wedding invitation wording will include the branch of military. If the rank of the is a sergeant or above, you will include the rank as well (e.g. Sergeant, United States Army).

If the officer is a junior officer, list the title and branch below their name. If they are higher than a lieutenant, the title and branch are listed above the name.

Tips:

• The key pieces to be sure that you include in your wedding invitation wording is who the bride and groom are, the location of the event (including address), the date and the time.
• When including the details of where the wedding will be held, spell out words like street, the date (including the day of the month and the year) and the time (e.g. four o’clock).
• If ordering your wedding invitations online, most sites give you templates that can be customized and preview of how your completed invitation will look.
• Do not include any message on the invitation about no children as you will address that situation when addressing your wedding invitations.

Tidbit: Check into different wording options until you find the one that suits you and your style!

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