Invitation Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording

We know it can be difficult on how to figure out how to word your invitation. There are traditional wording and
there is also some new ways to word them.  Our graphic designers can help you with this, however here are a
few tips to help figure out how you would like to word your wedding invitations.


Traditional Wording

Mr. and Mrs. James Bernard [proper names of those hosting]
request the honor of your presence[request line]*
at the marriage of their daughter [list relationship of the bride to the host]
Samantha Jo [bride’s first and middle names only]
to Kevin James Wilhelm [groom’s full name]
Saturday the sixth of May [day of the week, day and month of wedding]
at six o’clock in the evening [time of wedding and time of day]
Plaza Hotel [name of the location of wedding]
New York, New York [city and state where wedding will take place]
Reception to follow [reception line]

Weddings By Carue Note: If the bride’s parents are hosting, it is customary to leave off the bride’s last name.
If the groom’s parents are involved, the bride’s last name should be included.

One set of parents is hosting your wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm Jones

Both sets of parents are jointly hosting:
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones

The couple is hosting the wedding:
Ms. Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Everyone is hosting:
Ms. Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage


New Wording

Think that wedding etiquette rules are outdated, especially when it comes to wording your invitations?
Check out our list of new ways to word them.

Not-So-Proper Parents

  • List the parents names without the proper surnames; it almost seems archaic to address everyone as a Mr. or a Mrs.
    Jason and Eliza Miller
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Katie Lynn
    to
    Robert Luke
    son of
    Randall and Meredith Richards

Relaxed Request Line

  • Alter the “request line” to suit the style of your wedding. Many couples not marrying in a religious institution or marrying in a very casual setting, pen their invitations with “pleasure of your company.”
    Jason and Eliza Miller
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Katie Lynn
    to
    Robert Luke
    son of
    Randall and Meredith Richards

Really Relaxed Request Line

  • Other couples are forgoing the traditional “honor of your presence” or “pleasure of your company” altogether and are opting for a more relaxed and festive “request line.”
    Jason and Eliza Miller
    invite you to share and celebrate
    the marriage of their daughter
    Katie Lynn
    to
    Robert Luke Richards

Couples Come First

  • Many couples who are hosting the wedding alongside their parents, choose to eliminate their parents’ names and save space with a simple suggestion of their financial help and loving support.
    Katie Lynn Miller
    and
    Robert Luke Richards
    together with their parents
    request the pleasure of your company
    at their marriage
  • For couples entirely hosting the wedding themselves, parents names are not included on the invitation. However, it is important to remember to thank each set of parents for their support with a toast at the reception.
    Katie Lynn Miller
    and
    Robert Luke Richards
    invite you to share in their joy
    as they exchange marriage vows