So there's a correct way to word my wedding invitations?

Well actually yes and no. The way you word your wedding invitations is entirely up to you but there are a few things that some people struggle with.

Oh really? What kind of things?

It mainly comes down to who is paying for the wedding. This can affect how you word your wedding invitation in some cases.

Tell me more...

Ok, so lets say your parents are paying for the entire wedding. They may want this reflected in the way the invitation is worded. For example they may wish to be seen as doing the inviting. Like this...

Mr & Mrs Parents request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Jennifer to...

Or they may just be very generous and not bothered at all about having their names on your invitation. 

I see, so are there any other things to note?

Yes, this is just one of a number of different scenarios that may affect the way your wedding invitation is worded. For instance both sets of parents may be contributing to the wedding costs, other family members, grandparents etc., may be involved or the couple may be forking out for the whole shebang themselves... or a combination of all of the above might be the case.

Sheesh! Sounds complicated!

Well families can be complicated but luckily wording your wedding invitation needn't be. There are a number of well established openings to your wording that will help you cover the bases.

Great, any examples?

Sure, you're in luck. I've created a handy little infographic covering the openings used in the various situations.

Wedding Invitation Wording Guide

It's almost like you planned this!

Hah, yes it is. It's worth bearing in mind that these are purely guidelines and only cover the traditional ways of opening the wording of your wedding invitation. As long as you have covered the essential information the rest is really style and tone.

So what are the essentials and which bits are style and tone?

Well the essential things are..

  • Who is getting married - that would be you and your beloved
  • When you're getting married
  • Where you're getting married

As long as you've covered the who, when and where the rest can be as formal or as relaxed as you wish.

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Excellent, do you have any examples of formal v's informal?

I'm glad you asked! I have prepared a guide to wording your wedding invitations. It covers some examples of the more formal ways of wording through to some of the more relaxed and informal. 

Great how do I see that?

You can actually download it from this very website completely free of charge. Now don't say I'm not good to you!

Thanks got a link?

Sure just follow the link below and you'll find the guide. Pop it in your basket and complete the checkout and it will download instantly. No payment details are required so it takes less than a minute to complete your download. You can then test drive different wording formats and see which suits you best.


Amazing thanks! All I need to do now is pick my wedding invitations.

You're most welcome. Have a browse round our wedding invitation collections. We  cover lots of styles including letterpress wedding invitations, embossed wedding invitations and whole range of luxury wedding invitations, so you'll be sure to find something you like.


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