Simple Guide To Wedding Invitations Wording

23rd February 2022

There are a lot of little details that need to appear on your wedding invitation. Discover how to find the right wording for your wedding invitation in this little guide.

You’ve found your dream wedding stationery, but there is still the question of the invitation wording. Do you want something traditional, or something personal and bespoke? What style of wedding invitation wording is used in the UK? The great thing is there is no right or wrong. This is your wedding day so pick what most suits you as a couple. There is no rule to say you can’t break all the traditions and do it your own way!

To help make things effortless for you I have compiled a quick guide to your wedding stationery wording. Where to start and what to think about when it comes to wedding invitation wording, followed by a few examples to inspire you. All of the wedding wording templates can be tweaked to what suits you best.

If you would like more advice on how to word your wedding stationery, then drop me an email and we can discuss your ideas further.

Essential information for your wedding invitations wording

 

Who’s hosting the wedding
Traditionally this is the bride’s parents, but depending on your personal circumstances this can take many forms– both families, you and your other half, step-parents, or even your children.

The request to come to the wedding
Religious or traditional ceremonies often call for formal wedding stationery wording e.g. ‘request the pleasure of your company…’. More modern or civil services can lend themselves to more casual language e.g. ‘Join us to celebrate….’

The names of the couple
Traditionally the bride’s name comes before the groom’s. Names on same-sex invitations can be written either way, alphabetical or whichever you personally prefer.

The location of the wedding
Now we all have Google at our fingertips simply the name of venue and town/city will be adequate, the full address can feature on your information card.

The date and times
This can be written as standard time and date format or you can get more creative by writing out your dates in full, e.g. ‘Tenth of August Two Thousand and Nineteen’. See our Wedding Stationery House Collections for some examples.

Reception information
Reception information is only required if different from the wedding ceremony or for an evening invitation where a guest is not attending the ceremony earlier in the day.

RSVP details
An RSVP date can be included at the bottom of your invitation, on your info card, or on a separate RSVP card. We recommend an RSVP cut-off of 4-6 weeks before the wedding.

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

Traditional Church Wedding Invitation Wording

Mr and Mrs Wright
request the pleasure of
your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sophie Wright
to
Andrew Smith

at the Church of St. Michael & All Angels
Bramcote
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 2.00pm

and afterwards at
The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Wedding Invitation Wording (Formal Civil Ceremony)

Mr and Mrs Wright
request the pleasure of
your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sophie Wright
to
Andrew Smith

at The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 2.00pm

Dinner and dancing to follow

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Wedding Invitation Wording (Informal Civil Ceremony)

Together with their families,
Sophie
&
Andrew
invite you to celebrate their marriage

at The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 2.00pm

Food, drinking and dancing to follow

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Wedding Invitation Wording with the Couple as Hosts

Sophie
&
Andrew
Would like you to join them to celebrate their marriage

on Saturday 24th June 2023
at 2.00pm

at The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields

Food, drinking and dancing to follow

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Alternative request lines for the couple hosting the wedding

You are invited to the marriage of [couple]

[couple] request the pleasure of your company

[couple] Have the pleasure of inviting you to celebrate their marriage

[couple] Please join us in celebrating our marriage

[couple] Have the pleasure of inviting

Join [couple] to celebrate our wedding

[Couple] have the pleasure of inviting [Guest Names] to celebrate their marriage

[Couple] would like you to join them to celebrate their marriage

Please join [couple] as we tie the knot!

 

Same-Sex Wedding Invitation Wording

Andrew
&
Martin
would like you to join them
to celebrate their marriage

at The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 2.00pm

Food, drinking and dancing to follow

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Evening-Only Wedding Invitation Wording

Formal evening wedding invitation

Mr and Mrs Wright

request the pleasure of your company
at an evening reception to celebrate
the marriage of their daughter

Sophie Wright
to
Andrew Smith

at
The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 7.30pm

RSVP by 15th April 2023

 

Informal evening wedding invitation

Sophie
&
Andrew

invite you to an evening of drinks and dancing
to celebrate their wedding!

The Walled Gardens, Beeston Fields
Saturday 24th June 2023
at 7.30pm

RSVP by 15th April 2023

When you have more to say!

Every wedding is different and that is what makes weddings so great. I love how everyone adds their own personal twist on things, making their day special.

So sometimes you may have more to say than your invitation will allow. This is where you can introduce some extra cards, such as a wedding details card and an RSVP.

Your detail or information card wording

The wording on your details card can include all the information you want to share with your guests that you do not necessarily want to include in your wedding invitation wording.

This can be anything like the address of your ceremony and reception venue. Addresses for local hotels, taxi firms or other transport that your guests will find useful. A place to give gift lists you have registered for or if you would prefer a charitable donation. If you have a dress code or would rather not have children attend your wedding.

The details or information card is the place to write all this type of information.

RSVP card wording

There are many ways you can request your rsvp for your wedding. You may include a small card or postcard that can be posted back to you. If you would prefer a digital reply simply list an email address, phone number or link to your wedding website to collect up all your replies.

Remember to always include a date you want all your replies by. This will encourage guests to get back to you straight away.

If you are having posted rsvp replies make things easier for your guests with pre-stamped and addressed envelopes. This always increases the volume of quick replies you will receive.

Other great bits of information to collect along with your acceptances and declines are dietary requirements (your caterers will love you for collecting this information) and your guest’s favourite song requests to get them up on the dance floor.

Like your invitation wording, I would mirror the tone of your day. If you are having a traditional wedding wording such as “Kindly Respond” or “Your reply is kindly requested” “Accepts with pleasure” and “Declines with regret” would keep the tone inline.

For a less formal RSVP, you could choose wording such as “can’t wait to hit the dance floor” or  “will be toasting from afar”

Not sure what wording to use? Just drop me a message and we can chat about all things weddings.

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