Wedding Invitation Wording

Wording for wedding invitations is not nearly as complicated as it seems at a first glance.  There are a few basic etiquette guidelines that are usually followed, but in the end it really comes down to what works best for your specific ceremony and what you like the sound of.  Don’t be afraid to take bits and pieces of any of the wording shown below to come up with something that’s perfect for you.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Generally, whoever is hosting (ie. paying for) the wedding gets top billing on the invitation.  Traditionally that honor would go to the bride’s parents.  However, having both sets of parents contributing or the bride and groom hosting their own wedding are also very common.  Using “Together with their parents” or “Together with their families” sometimes can simplify things if family structures are more complicated with divorces, remarriages, significant others, etc.
  • The bride’s name always comes first, but the way they are written just depends on what you like the sound and look of.
    • If both sets of parents are listed on the invitation, and have the same last names as the bride and groom, it is acceptable to just use the bride and groom’s first and middle names.  (Example: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Elizabeth Anne to David Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson…)
    • If only the bride’s parents names are listed and they have the same last name as the bride, the groom’s full name would be written out.  The bride’s name can either remain as first and middle names, or her last name can be added as well.  It’s a matter of personal preference.  (Example: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Elizabeth Anne [Smith] to David Allen Thompson…)
    • If no parents are named on the invitation, the bride and the groom would both use their full names. (Example: Together with their parents, Elizabeth Anne Smith and David Allen Thompson request the honor of your presence…)
  • Dates, times and addresses (with the exception of the actual street number) are always written out, with no abbreviations.  ZIP codes are generally omitted in addresses.  For example:
    “on Saturday, the fifteenth of November
    two thousand and thirteen
    at three o’clock in the afternoon
    Saint John’s Catholic Church
    425 West Seventh Street
    Toledo, Ohio”
  • In the case of a deceased parent, there are a couple of options.  Either the surviving parent can be named by themselves or you can mention the deceased parent separately.  (For example: David Allen Thompson, son of Mrs. Sharon Thompson and the late Mr. Robert Thompson)
  • The level of formality can dictate a few things.  For a formal wedding, parents would be listed as Mr. and Mrs. [Father’s Name].  For a less formal feel, you can leave off the titles and use just first names.  For a more formal look, you can also use the British spelling of “honour” instead of “honor.”
  • If the ceremony and reception are at the same location, you can skip a reception card and just write something like “Reception immediately following the ceremony” at the bottom of the invitation.  If they are in different locations, most times you will need a separate reception card to have room for the additional time and address information.

Wording Samples

  1. BRIDE’S PARENTS
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    BRIDE
    to
    GROOM
    on DATE
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    STREET ADDRESS
    CITY,STATE
    .
  2. BRIDE’S PARENTS
    invite you to join
    the families and friends of
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    for the ceremony and celebration
    of their marriage
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE

  3. BRIDE’S PARENTS
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    BRIDE
    to
    GROOM
    son of GROOM’S PARENTS
    on DATE
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    STREET ADDRESS
    CITY,STATE
     .
  4. BRIDE’S PARENTS
    and
    GROOM’S PARENTS
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their children
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    on DATE
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    STREET ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
    .
  5. BRIDE’S PARENTS
    and
    GROOM’S PARENTS
    invite you to share in the happiness
    as their families are united
    through the marriage of their children
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    on DATE
    YEAR

    at TIME
    LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
    .
  6. Together with their parents
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    request the honor of your presence
    as they exchange marriage vows
    on DATE
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    STREET ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
    .
  7. BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    invite you to share in the joy
    as they exchange marriage vows
    and begin their new life together
    on DATE
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    STREET ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
  8. Because you have shared in our lives
    by your friendship and love, we
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    together with our parents
    invite you to share
    the beginning of our new life together
    when we exchange marriage vows
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
  9. BRIDE
    daughter of BRIDE’S PARENTS
    and
    GROOM
    son of GROOM’S PARENTS
    request the pleasure of your company
    as they exchange marriage vows
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
  10. This day I will marry my best friend,
    the one I laugh with, live for, love
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    hope that you will join in this celebration
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE

  11. BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    together with their children
    NAMES
    i
    nvite you to share with them
    a celebration of love
    Their marriage ceremony will take place
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE

    .
  12. We invite you,
    our family and friends,
    to share in a celebration of love as we,
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    extend the bonds of friendship
    to include the vows of marriage
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
    .
  13. The pleasure of your company
    is requested at the marriage of
    BRIDE
    to
    GROOM
    on DAY
    YEAR
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS

    CITY, STATE
    .
  14. BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    have chosen the first day
    of their new life together
    as DAY
    YEAR

    You are invited to share in their joy
    as they exchange marriage vows
    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE
    .  
  15. Because you have shared in our lives
    by your friendship and love, we
    BRIDE
    and
    GROOM
    together with our parents
    invite you to share
    the beginning of our new life together
    when we exchange marriage vows
    on DAY
    YEAR

    at TIME
    CEREMONY LOCATION
    ADDRESS
    CITY, STATE

Feel free to adjust any of these wording samples as needed.  You can also find more wording samples here.