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7 Wedding Invitation Verbiage Examples

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Tijon Employee
Wedding invitations do not just serve the function of providing the essential details to your special day, but can also serve as a beautiful way to deliver a message. The typical invitation is constructed with the following details and example verbiage.

1. The Host of the Event
Identifying who is hosting the event allows proper recognition of the individual to be given. One set of parents, both parents, or the couple themselves may be the hosts of the wedding. If the bride’s parents are hosting, the last name of the bride on the invitation should not be included. If the groom’s parents are hosting, than the bride’s last name should be included. For couples hosting their own event, both of their full names should be used at the top. 

Example line for one set of parents hosting:
Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

Example lines for both sets of parents hosting:
Together with
Mr. & Mrs. John Doe
And
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smith

Example line for couple hosting:
Ms. Mary Jane Smith
and
Mr. John Edward Jones



2. Include the Request Being Made
The request being made as traditionally been represented by the words, “request the honor of your presence.” This has commonly been used as reference to a wedding ceremony occurring in a house of worship. For weddings not taking place there, an alternative can be used such as, “request he pleasure of your company.”

More modern wording can be used instead such as:
• Invite you to join us as we exchange our marriage vows.
• Invite you to share with use the joyous celebration of love.
• Invite you to share the beginning of our new life together.
• Invite you to be a witness to one of life’s loveliest gifts.

3. Name the Relationship Between Host and Couple
This is applied to weddings that are hosted by another. If the bride’s parents are hosting, a simple line such as, “at the marriage of our daughter” can be used. The same applies for the grooms parents. For all parties hosting the event, an alternative can be used such as, “together with our families/parents.” 

4. The Names of the Bride and Groom
One this part of the invitation, the names of the bride and groom are provided. As previously mentioned, full names of the bride and groom would be used for couple hosting. Only if the bride’s parents are hosting, would her last name be left off.

5. Date of the Wedding Event
This next section identifies the day of the week, day, and month of the wedding event. Do not forget to include the time as well. If you decide to refer to the time of day such as afternoon or evening, keep in mind that any time listed after 4:30pm is considered to be evening. These examples provide options as to how this could be represented. 

Example One:
on July 4, 2016
At 6:00pm
Example Two:
on Saturday, the fifth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Example Three:
on Saturday, the twenty-first of May
two thousand and sixteen
half past two o’clock in the afternoon

6. Include the Location of the Ceremony
The location can be identified by the name of the place, street address, city, and state. This section normally consists of three lines. The state can be left off for cities that may be internationally recognized such as San Francisco, London, or Boston. 

7. The Reception Line
The reception line serves as the ending line to the invitation. If the reception is not mentioned, it can refer to a different location than the ceremony and would be provided on a separate card. If the reception is planned at same location as the ceremony, a simple reference to “reception to follow” would indicate that action. 




3 Wedding Invitation Samples
Sample One:
Together with their parents
Jane Mary Doe
and
Matthew Allen Smith
request the honor of your presence at
their marriage
on Saturday, the fifth of August
two thousand sixteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Hilton Hotel
132 Beverly Boulevard
San Francisco

Sample Two:
The pleasure of your company is requested
at the marriage uniting
Jane Mary Doe
and
Matthew Allen Smith
Saturday, the fifth of August
two thousand sixteen
at half past five o’clock in the evening
Hilton Hotel
132 Beverly Boulevard
San Francisco
Reception to follow

Sample Three:
Mr. and Mrs. John Doe
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Jane
to
Matthew Allen Smith
on Saturday, the third of August
two thousand and sixteen
at three o’clock
Central Baptist Church
132 Rocky Mountain Lane
Columbia, Indiana

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