How to Create the Perfect Wedding Invitation Wording

(The wedding invitation structure broken down.)

Wedding invitation wording is something that many people struggle with when they are planning to write their wedding invitations.

In most cases they don't know whose names should be included in the invitation, if the date should be written or used numerically, or if they should also include the reception information.

It can seem like there are a hundred and one things to consider.

Though your wedding invitation may not seem to be that important, it's very important it sets the tone for your entire celebration.

It will let your guests know who is hosting the wedding, if children are invited, where they need to go and the dress standard.

So, before you sit down and create your invitations, let's take a closer look at the structure of a wedding invitation.

A wedding invitation can be broken down into seven main sections and this will be the same no matter what type of wedding you are having these sections are:

  1. Wedding invitation and wedding rings.
    Hosting Line
  2. Invitation Line
  3. Bride and Grooms Lines
  4. Date and Time Lines
  5. Location and Address Line
  6. Reception Details Line
  7. RSVP Line or Response Card

By tradition, wedding invitation text is written in the third person, rather than we or you. For example: The host of the wedding should request the pleasure of their company.

The following is a breakdown of the sections of the wedding invitation after the explanation you will find wedding invitation wording examples.

1. Hosting Line

The first is to determine who will be hosting for the wedding because they will be inviting the guests. The host is the person who will be paying for the wedding.

In most cases it will be the bride's family; however it is becoming quite common for the couple to pay for their own wedding. In other cases both sides of the family will contribute or the bride and groom will be paying for the wedding themselves.

Bride's parents hosting the wedding.
Mr and Mrs Jack Thompson
When the bride's and groom's parents are sharing the expenses. (Bride's parents names first)
Mr and Mrs Jack Thompson
and
Mr and Mrs Kevin Jones
When the bride's parents are hosting and paying but would like to mention the groom's parents although they may not be part of planning or paying for the wedding.

Mr and Mrs Jack Thompson

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Emily Claire
to
John Harrison Jones
son of Mr and Mrs Kevin Jones

When divorced parents are co-hosting the wedding.
Ms Anna Black
and
Mr Jack Thompson
When the bride's mother has remarried and both parents are co-hosting.
Mrs David Smith
and
Mr Jack Thompson
When the bride's mother and stepfather are hosting.
Mr and Mrs David Black

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Emily Claire Thompson
to
John Harrison Jones
If the bride's mother is widowed, she can use her maiden name and make mention of her late husband.
The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of

Emily Claire Thompson
Daughter of Anna and the late Jack Thompson
to
John Harrison Jones
If the bride and groom are hosting the wedding themselves.
Emily Thompson
and
Mr John Jones

2. Invitation Line

This is where you can state the names of the invited guests. Couples or families only need on invitation between them. Do be sure to double check the spelling of their names.

If the ceremony is at a church or other place of worship.
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
If the ceremony is at a non-religious venue an informal wording is most often used.
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Both sets of parents hosting a less formal wedding.
would be delighted by your presence at the wedding of their children
Bride and groom hosting a less formal wedding.
would like to invite
(guest names go here)
to join them in celebrating their wedding

3. Bride and Grooms Lines

The bride and grooms names are listed here on separate lines with the brides name first the two are linked together by using "to" or "and".

Traditional
Emily Claire
and
Mr John Harrison Jones
Modern
Emily Thompson
and
Mr John Jones

4. Date and Time Lines

It's is not necessary to state am or pm here as most people can work it out. However if you prefer you can substitute "in the morning" or in the afternoon after the time listed.

Traditional
Saturday, the twenty second of February
two thousand and sixteen
at half after three o'clock
Modern
Saturday, February 22, 2016
at 3.30pm

5. Location and Address Line

This is where you give the details of where the ceremony (and reception if at the same location) being held.

Be sure to include the full address (if you feel that you need to include detailed instructions or map include this as a separate insert when sending the invitation).

For and elegant look don't use commas or punctuation. Type the address details using new lines.

If the ceremony is to take place in a church or other place of worship.
With church names, spell out the "saint".
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Victoria Square, Perth
If the ceremony is at a noon religious location.
Caversham House
141 Caversham Avenue
Caversham, Western Australia

If you are having the ceremony at home or an unusual location.

You can mention the family name or simply say "our home" before the address.

Our Home
151 Riverside Drive
Como, Western Australia

or

The Thompson House
151 Riverside Drive
Como, Western Australia
Note: If you don't want children at the reception, you should make that known by writing "adults only reception to follow."

6. Reception Details Line

You may not want to include this on the invitation if not all your guests are invited to the reception. A separate reception card may work better for you.

The details that should be included on the invitation or separate card should be as follows: the time that the reception will start, the name of the reception venue and address.

If the ceremony and reception are at the same location.
and afterward at the reception
Ceremony and reception are at different locations and one invitation only is being printed.

The time of the reception should be mentioned before the address if there is a delay after the ceremony.

Reception immediately following the ceremony

Caversham House
141 Caversham Avenue
Caversham, Western Australia

or

Reception at 6.30pm

Caversham House
141 Caversham Avenue
Caversham, Western Australia

7. RSVP Line or Response Card

If your guests are to reply with their own stationery, email or telephone place the RSVP date in the lower left corner of your invitation (remember to include your address, email, or telephone number underneath).

If the RSVP line is on the invitation place it in the lower left hand corner and the guests respond with their own stationery.
R.S.V.P.
If you are including a seperate response card.
Please respond before the end of December
M__________________________
will __________________ be attending

Wedding Invitation Template

Use the following wedding invitation template to create your wedding invitation wording.

The first is to determine who will be hosting for the wedding because they will be inviting the guests.

The host is the person who will be paying for the wedding.

Hosting Line
This is where you can state the names of the invited guests. Couples or families only need on invitation between them.

Do be sure to double check the spelling of their names.

Invitation Line
The bride and grooms names are listed here on separate lines with the brides name first the two are linked together by using "to" or "and".
Bride and Groom Line
It's is not necessary to state am or pm here as most people can work it out.

However if you prefer you can substitute "in the morning" or in the afternoon after the time listed.

Date and Time Line
This is where you give the details of where the ceremony (and reception if at the same location) being held.
Location and Address
You may not want to include this on the invitation if not all your guests are invited to the reception. A separate reception card may work better for you.

The details that should be included on the invitation or separate card should be as follows: the time that the reception will start, the name of the reception venue and address.

Reception Ideas
If your guests are to reply with their own stationery, email or telephone place the RSVP date in the lower left corner of your invitation (remember to include your address, email, or telephone number underneath).
RSVP or Response Line
You can see wedding invitation wording examples here or here at Emily Post.