Wedding Invitation Wording

Although it is only a letter, a wedding invitation is one of the most important elements in your wedding planning journey.  To quote William Shakespeare, “Eyes are the window to your soul”. This perfectly illustrates the meaning of an invitation. Your invitation should be like a window, where guests can glimpse through to the future to when you and your soulmate will promise to cherish each other for the rest of your lives. This is why the wedding invitation wording should be personal.

It is an honor to be invited to witness such a precious moment, and what a special gift it is to share this day with your loved ones, so why not make your invitations, especially your wedding invitation wording, intimate and unique. Your invitations should be unique to you and your fiancé, they should have personal elements showing aspects of both of your invitation wording

How to To Make Your Wedding Invitations Personal:
  • Invite only those you will truly miss if they were not there
  • Incorporate your personality into your overall theme
  • Choose who will be inviting your guests, you or your parents
  • Add something sentimental to the wording, like a poem or a phrase
  • Address the invitation, by your guests’ nicknames
  • If possible, hand deliver your invitations. This adds that personal touch!

Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse that your guests get to experience of your wedding day. They should make your guests feel special and honored that they get to spend your special day with you! One way of personalizing wedding invitations is ensuring that the wedding invitation wording is one of a kind! Whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what.

wedding invitation wording

The Structure of an Invite and the Wedding Invitation Wording:
The Host Line:

The host line states who is hosting the wedding. You can be flexible with this one- in the old days, the bride’s family was responsible for hosting (and paying for) the wedding -luckily those days are over! Today, many couples pay for the weddings themselves so they don’t include a host line. Most couples opt for a “Together with their families, Emma Baker and Chris Richards cordially invite you…”

The Invitation Line:

This is where you actually invite your guests. “The honor of your presence” is traditionally used to denote a religious service while “The pleasure of your company” is used to denote a secular one. You can use any phrasing you want, feel free to set the tone with anything from “Invite you to share their joy as…” to “Want you to come party with us when…”

The Names:

If their names haven’t been included in the host line, the name of the bride and groom should still take center stage a few lines down. You might be wondering whose name should go first on a wedding invitation? Traditionally the name of the bride always precedes the groom’s name. For same-sex marriage, you can choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better. Whether it’s “Emily and Zara” or “Zara and Emily,” it’s going to be lovely either way.

The Action Line:

What are you inviting people to share in? Traditionally, with the bride’s parent’s hosting, this line read something like “At the marriage of their daughter,” but your line might read “At the celebration of their marriage,” “As they exchange vows of love and commitment,” or “As they finally tie the knot.”

The Information:

Stick to the basics. Give the date, the time, the location, and the dress code. Nice and easy!

The Party Line:

What’s coming after the wedding? Here, you can give your guests an idea of what to expect. It could say “Dinner and dancing immediately following,” or if you are changing venues you could say “Party to follow at 7 pm at Laurent.” You can also use this line to get a little bit more creative and set the tone for the celebration. “Wild celebration to follow,” “Confetti and magic to follow,” “Join us for an intimate dinner following…” Here, the sky really is the limit.

Wedding Invitation Wording Guide

Examples of Wedding Invitation Wording:
The Simple Invitation:

With great pleasure

Alexis Lee West
& Taylor Eliot Keegan

invite you to join them
at the celebration of their marriage

Saturday, the seventh of June
two thousand fourteen
at half-past four in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion
409 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

Dinner and dancing to follow

The Classic Wedding Invitation:

Mom Name and Dad Name
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Alexis Lee West
Taylor Eliot Keegan

Saturday, the seventh of June
two thousand fourteen
at half-past four in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion
409 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

Reception to follow

The Fun Invitation:

Alexis Lee West
Taylor Eliot Keegan

Are Gettin’ Hitched!
Please join us
For a celebration of love, friendship,
laughter, and family

Saturday, June 7, 2014
at 4:30 in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion
409 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

Fabulous food, fun, and festivities to follow!

Watch this DIY video for inspiration


Caitlin is currently a student at the Aleit Academy, where she gets to plan and coordinate weddings and events around the Western Cape. She has always had a love for language and writing, which brought her to Pink Book Weddings! She loves hiking, cooking, and going to the beach.

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