Wedding Invitation Wording

 Need help selecting the perfect wording for your wedding invitations?

Our wedding invitation designs display wording that may or may not work for your special day. We can customize the wording on your invitations to create the best choice for you. We have included some examples and guidelines below to assist you with your search.




 Invitation Wording

Click on the links in blue text below for wording examples:

Wedding Quotes and Sayings

Modern Wedding Sayings

Traditional Wording:

Bride & Groom Inviting

Bride or Groom's Parents Inviting

Modern Wording:

Bride & Groom Inviting

Bride or Groom's Parents Inviting

Christian Wedding Wording:

Bride & Groom Inviting

Ceremony Wording:

Wedding Vow Renewal


 Wedding Invitation Traditions

Wedding phrases:

Weddings held in churches or in a house of worship that use the wording "honour of your presence" will spell the word "honour" British-style with a "u" indicating a ceremony in a place of worship.

The wording of "the pleasure of your company" on an invite indicates the ceremony is taking place outside a place of worship.

Names on invitations:

Traditionally, the bride's name precedes the groom's name and that tradition continues today. The couple can use their full names or just their first names if the invites will be sent to those who know the couple well. Traditionally, formal invitations issued by the bride's parents will have the bride's first and middle name, with the groom's name including the title (Mr.). The groom's parents, or both parents can also host the wedding. When both sets of parents host the wedding it is usually written as "at the marriage of their children". Traditional weddings show the parent's names on the invite.

Date and Time: 

Formal weddings will display the date and time written without using numerals. On modern invitations, the date can be written using only numerals, or a mix of written and numerals. The time of day is usually written as "o'clock", "half past three o'clock" or "half after three o'clock" on traditional invites. Modern invites can be written with numerals. To designate time of day it's appropriate to use "afternoon", "morning" or "evening" to let your guests know whether it is a.m. or p.m.


Traditionally the city and state is written out in full. The state can be abbreviated on more modern invites or if space is an issue. 

Reception information:

Formal invitations may include reception information on the enclosure card, or if space is limited on the invitation. When the ceremony is held in the same location it is usually displayed on the invitation as "reception immediately following", "reception to follow", or "dinner and dancing to follow", etc.  

Receptions that are held elsewhere will display the reception location and time (if not immediately following) on the invitation. When reception information is on the enclosure card, the invitation may display "see the enclosed card for reception information" or something similar.  Directions to the wedding and or reception location is shown on the enclosure card. 

Receptions with dinner entree choices are usually shown on the enclosure card or RSVP card for the guest to select their favorites.  

RSVP information:

Traditionally the R.S.V.P or response card is mailed with the invitation for guests to fill out and return. For modern invitations, the RSVP information may display on the invitation with the couple's wedding website address or e-mail address where the guests may respond. The use of R.S.V.P. cards is usually best for those guests who may not be able to respond electronically. The R.S.V.P. includes an envelope that is self-stamped prior to mailing to the guests.