wedding invitation wording

When it comes to wedding invitations, the wording can be tricky. You want to make sure that you include all the important information, while keeping things classy and elegant. In this blog post, we will provide some examples of wedding invitation wording, as well as tips on how to choose the right words for your invitations. We will also discuss common mistakes that people make when wording their invitations.

One of the most important things to remember when wording your wedding invitations is to be clear about who is invited. Make sure to list all the names of the guests who are invited. They might be concerned if they can bring a guest, if children are invited, and what gift to bring. 

If you are having a formal black-tie wedding, then your invitations should reflect that. Conversely, if you are having a more casual wedding, then your invitations can be more relaxed in tone.  One common mistake is using too much formal language. Keep in mind that your guests may not be familiar with all the terms used in traditional wedding invitations. You don’t want them to be confused or overwhelmed when they receive your invitations – so keep them personal! 

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

Formal Wedding

– The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of John Smith and Jane Doe on Saturday, the fifth of May at two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow Please R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

– Mr. and Mrs. John Smith Request the Honour of Your Presence at the Marriage of Their Son John to Miss Jane Doe Saturday, the Fifth of May Two O’Clock in the Afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to Follow Please R.S.V.P. by the First of May.

– The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of John Smith and Jane Doe on Saturday, the fifth of May at two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow Please R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

Casual Wedding

– John and Jane invite you to celebrate their marriage.

– This invitation is for: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and their children, Sarah and Peter.

– Please join us as we celebrate the marriage of John and Jane. Saturday, the fifth of May at two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

– The Smith Family requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their parents John and Jane Saturday, the fifth of May two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow Please R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

– Please join us as we celebrate our marriage! Saturday, the fifth of May at two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow R.S.V.P. by the first of May. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a wonderful day!

– Come one, come all! (Add your names) Join us as we celebrate our marriage! Saturday, the fifth of May at two o’clock in the afternoon Saint John’s Cathedral Reception to follow R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

No Children At Wedding 

It is important to be clear about who is invited when wording your wedding invitations. Another common mistake that people make is not specifying whether children are invited. If you want to exclude children from attending your wedding – do so on the invite.  This will help avoid any confusion or hurt feelings. For example: 

– The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Sarah and John Doe. No children please.

– We are sorry to say that due to lack of space, we must limit the number of guests to those over the age of twelve.

– We regret to inform you that due to lack of space, we are unable to invite children to the wedding.

– Due to the nature of the event, we are unfortunately not able to accommodate any children at the wedding. Thank you for understanding.

– While we love children, we are having an adults-only ceremony so everyone can relax and let their hair down. We thank you for your understanding! 

Evening Reception Only

– The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage reception of John Smith and Jane Doe, Saturday, the fifth of May at six o’clock in the evening R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

– Join us for our wedding reception Saturday, the fifth of May at six o’clock in the evening R.S.V.P. by the first of May.

Offer A Plus One

– If you would like to bring a guest, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

– Dear (NAME) and guest. We cordially invite you…

Wording Your Registry 

Wedding gift registries are increasingly popular, and many couples choose to include this information on their invitations. If you decide to go this route, there are a few things you need to keep in mind: 

– Make sure that the registry information is easy to find. You may want to include it on the back of the invitation or put it in a separate envelope.

If you have a Collection Pot, add the URL or create a QR code for it. Explain to guests how to donate. If you do decide to ask for gifts, ensure that the request is polite and tasteful. These are some good examples to work with: 

– If you would like to offer a gift then we have a Collection Pot to save for our honeymoon to (destination.) If you wish to give, we would be thrilled.

– Please don’t feel you have to give a gift. Your presence is a present enough,  but if you do choose to bring one we have set up a Wedding Gift Registry at (URL).

– If you are wondering what to give us as a wedding gift, please consider contributing to our Collection Pot for our honeymoon. We would be very grateful!  We appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness!

– When it comes to wedding gifts, we really just have one request: that you contribute something to our Collection Pot for our honeymoon. Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Please enjoy the convenience of giving online by clicking on the link shown below.

Creating Your Collection Pot

We hope this has given you a few ideas on how to word your own wedding invitations!  Keep in mind that there is no one perfect way to do it, so feel free to get creative and make them uniquely yours. Don’t forget to set up your Collection Pot ahead of the big day for any wedding gifts and donations! It’s free, quick and easy to do.