INVITATION WORDING

When it comes to wedding invitations there is a lot to think about, style, colors, paper, and most importantly the wording. The wording will set the tone and feel or your upcoming wedding. I’ve put together some examples of different scenarios to help in this process.

There are two things to think about when coming up with your invitation wording… Is your wedding going to be more on the formal side or have a laid back and casual feel? Notice the difference in the way the names are used in each scenario.

Formal Invitation Wording

Mr. and Mrs. John P.  Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
and William James Smith {GROOM}
Saturday, the eighteenth of May
two thousand and thirteen
at half past three in the afternoon
Zorvino Vineyards
Sandown, New Hampshire
Reception to follow

Casual Invitation Wording

John and Donna Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
invite you to share and celebrate
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}
Saturday, the eighteenth of May
two thousand and thirteen
at half past three in the afternoon
Zorvino Vineyards
Sandown, New Hampshire
Dinner and Dancing to Follow

Remember the request line can say anything you wish, so long as you are welcoming guests to the wedding.

Invitation Wording Options

(The request line, which is the underlined text in the example below, can be interchangeable with the underlined text options marked with an * below the example wording)

Bride’s Parents

Mr. and Mrs. John P.  Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
To William James Smith {GROOM}…

request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
invite you to the wedding of their daughter
invite you to share and celebrate at the marriage of their daughter
invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their daughter

Mr. and Mrs. John P.  Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
Invite you to share in the joy
Of the marriage uniting their daughter
Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
to William James Smith {GROOM}…

Groom’s Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
to their son
William James Smith {GROOM}…

request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of
invite you to the wedding of
invite you to share and celebrate at the marriage of
invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of

(The request line, which is the underlined text in the example below, can be interchangeable with the underlined text options below the example wording)

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
and
Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Jamie Lynn {BRIDE}
and William James {GROOM}…

or 

John and Donna Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
and
Richard and Mary Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Jamie {BRIDE}
to William {GROOM}…

or  

In the celebration of love…
Mr and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
and
Mr and Mrs. Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
invite you to share in the joy
Of the marriage of their children
Jamie {BRIDE}
to William {GROOM}…

or 

And two shall become one
Mr and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
and
Mr and Mrs. Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage uniting their children
Jamie {BRIDE}
to William {GROOM}…

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their children
invite you to the wedding of their children
invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their children

or 

The families of
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and
William Smith {GROOM}
invite you to join in the celebration
of their marriage…

or

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Anderson
{BRIDE}
to
William Smith
{GROOM}
son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith
{GROOM’S PARENTS}…

All you need is love…
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Invite you to join them in celebrating with marriage

or 

Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
and
William James Smith {GROOM}
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

or 

The honor of your presence 
is requested
at the marriage of
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}…

or 

The pleasure of your company 
is requested
at the marriage of
Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
to William James Smith {GROOM}… 

or 

Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
and William James Smith {GROOM}
invite you to their wedding…

or 

Jamie Lynn Anderson {BRIDE}
and William James Smith {GROOM}
invite you to share and celebrate…

or 

In the celebration of love,
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding… 

or

Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
invite you to celebrate their wedding…

or

You are a part of our lives
please be a part of our celebration of
life and our commitment
Together with their parents
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage

or

Love fills a moment
A moment fills a lifetime
A lifetime begins eternity
Our eternity begins here,
at the wedding of
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Please complete our happiness
by celebrating our wedding weekend

or

Because you have shared in our lives
with your Friendship and Love, We
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
ask you to join us for an intimate ceremony
to celebrate our Love

or

Jamie Anderson
{BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
request the pleasure of your company at our wedding
in celebration of life and our commitment

or

Two lives, two hearts
joined together in friendship
united forever in love.
It is with joy that we,
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
invite you to share
in a celebration of love
as we exchange our marriage vows

or

With great joy….
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Invite you to join them in celebrating with marriage

If everyone is paying for the wedding, the invitation begins with the bride’s name, followed by the groom’s name, and finally the parent’s, starting with the bride’s side.

(The request line, which is the underlined text in the example below, can be interchangeable with the underlined text options below the example wording)

Ms. Jamie Anderson
{BRIDE}
and
Mr. William Smith {GROOM}
together with their parents

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S PARENTS}
and
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith {GROOM’S PARENTS}
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage……

request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding
invite you to their wedding
invite you to share and celebrate at their wedding
invite you to share in their joy at their wedding

or

Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love, we
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
together with our parents
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows

or

Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Together with our families,
we joyfully invite you to celebrate with us
as we join together in marriage

or

Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Together with our families
invite you to celebrate as they join together as one

or

Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
Together with our families,
we joyfully invite you to celebrate with us
as we join together in marriage

Single Parent Hosting

Ms. Donna Jones or Ms. Donna Jones Anderson {BRIDE’S MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME or MAIDEN & MARRIED SURNAMES}
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}

 or 

Mr. John Anderson {BRIDE’S FATHER}
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}

REMARRIED PARENTS HOST

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S STEPMOTHER AND FATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}

Divorced Remarried Parents Host Together

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson {BRIDE’S STEPMOTHER & FATHER}
Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen {BRIDE’S MOTHER & STEPFATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}

Multiple Divorced Parents Host
Together with their parents
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage…

or 

Mrs. Donna Jones Anderson {BRIDE’S MOTHER}
Mr. John Anderson {BRIDE’S FATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}…

or 

Mrs. Donna Jones Anderson {GROOM’S MOTHER}
Mr. John Anderson {GROOM’S FATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to their son
William Smith {GROOM}…

request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of
invite you to the wedding of
invite you to share and celebrate at the marriage of
invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of 

Both Divorced Sets of Parents Host, Two Sets Remarried

Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen {BRIDE’S MOTHER & STEPFATHER}
Mr. John Anderson {BRIDE’S FATHER}
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith {GROOM’S MOTHER & STEPFATHER}
Mr. Jeremy Rice {GROOM’S FATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}

Both Divorced Sets of Parents Host, One Set Remarried

Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen {BRIDE’S MOTHER & STEPFATHER}
Mr. John Anderson {BRIDE’S FATHER}
Ms. Mary Smith {GROOM’S MOTHER}
Mr. Jeremy Rice {GROOM’S FATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
and William Smith {GROOM}

Widowed Remarried Parent is Hosting

Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen {BRIDE’S MOTHER & STEPFATHER}
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
Daughter of the late Mr. John Anderson {BRIDE’S FATHER}
to William Smith {GROOM}

Grandparents Hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Anderson {BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS ON HER FATHER’S SIDE}
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their granddaughter
Jamie Anderson {BRIDE}
to William Smith {GROOM}