wedding wording.

the basics.

the traditional way we word wedding inviations is explained below. have your own wording? no problem. it’s your day and your invites should reflect you!

1. hosting line + request for attendence

Who is hosting? This can be the bride’s parents, the grooms parent’s, both, or the couple.

2. bride + groom’s name

Note that the bride’s name is traditionally listed first.

3. date and time

Traditionally, the date is spelled out. If you’d like a more modern/less traditional look it’s totally fine to use numbers.

4. ceremony venue

List the name and address (or city/state) of your ceremony.

5. reception line

If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue a reception card is not needed.

Hosting Line:

Bride's Parents Hosting Sample

Mr. and Mrs. William Michael Morgan
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Theresa Marie Morgan
to
Michael James Jenson

*Listing Theresa’s last name in this case is optional¬†

Groom's Parents Hosting Sample

Mr. and Mrs. David Jenson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their son

Michael James Jenson
to
Theresa Marie Morgan

*Michael’s last name is optional in this version.

Both Parents Hosting Sample

Mr. and Mrs. William Michael Morgan
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Theresa Marie Morgan
to
Michael James Jeson

son of Mr. and Mrs. David Jenson

Together with their Families Sample

Together with their families

Theresa Marie Morgan
and
Michael James Jenson

cordially invite you
to attend their marriage

Couple Hosting Sample

Theresa Marie Morgan
and
Michael James Jenson

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Hosting Line – Divorced Parents:

What if my parents are divorced?

There are a lot of options to choose from. We recommend discussing this with your family and choosing whatever feels right for you. Take a look at some of the wording options we have used previously.

Option 1: Step Parents not Listed

Mrs. (or Ms.) Anne [Current Last Name]
and Mr. William Morgan
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Option 2: Both Remarried

Mr. and Mrs. Anne Smith
along with Mr. and Mrs. William Morgan
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Together with their Families

Together with their Families

Request for Attendence:

Weddings held at a Church

request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Other Location: Option 1

cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Other Location: Option 2

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

Ceremony Options:

Ceremony + Reception, Same Location

If your ceremony and reception are held at the same location, you can simply add “Reception to follow” at the bottom of the invitation.

Ceremony + Reception at Different Locations

The line “reception to follow” can optionally be added to the bottom of the invitation for stylistic purposes.

You should include a ceremony location and start time either listed on the invitation or in a seperate details card.

cruised through all those details.