Writing Wedding Invitations

Wedding Wording & Etiquette

Writing wedding invitations is one of the first and most important tasks you do for your wedding. After choosing a wedding invitation style that best reflects the style of your wedding, the next step is to match the style of the wording to the style of the invitation. Even in very casual weddings, it is important to adhere to proper etiquette and include those that should be included and bestow the proper amount of honor that the occasion demands when writing invitations.

Style and wedding invitation wording

  • Formal (with wording such as “request the honor of your presence” or “request the pleasure of your company”). For very formal church weddings, British spellings may still be used (“honour of your presence”).
  • Casual/Intimate (adapted to your own personal style, such as “join the celebration of our union” or “share in our joy”).
  • Each style traditionally begins with the name(s) of the wedding host(s), often the bride’s parent(s) or the couple themselves.
  • Write out full names
  • Spell out all words, including hours, dates, years, street or road.

Information to be listed

  • Bride’s name and groom’s name
  • Bride’s parents/stepparents
  • Groom’s parents/stepparents
  • Wedding date and time
  • Place and time where ceremony will be held
  • Place and time where reception will be held

Whether you choose Traditional or Contemporary invitations, it is important to assure that the wedding style is well represented in both style and wording.