Wedding Invitation Wording Examples And What To Include In It

A complete guide to help you organize a wedding invite without missing any crucial detail

Reviewed by JoAnn MooreJoAnn Moore, Master Wedding Planner
By Sneha TeteSneha Tete  • 

Invites are the first thing guests will see when they arrive at your special event. That is why it is crucial to ensure that the wedding invitation wording corresponds with the wedding style and reflects the heart of your relationship. It should symbolize you, your bond with your significant other, and the upcoming celebration. With the wording on your wedding invitation, you can put a lot of thought into the wedding vibe you wish to create. The wording also sets the tone of the event. For instance, how the invitation is worded reflects whether the wedding will be a formal black tie event or a more casual one. There are also certain other elements you cannot ignore, no matter how classic, traditional, or casual the words are.

Here are some examples of outstanding wedding invitation writing styles to help you make the right choice. Choose the wording that fits your taste and guest list. Scroll down to check them out.

Common Wordings In Wedding Invitations

Common wordings in wedding invitations

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Whether you are planning a formal or an informal affair, there are plenty of great wording options to choose from for your wedding invitations. Here are some phrases you can consider and build on:

  • “Would love for you to join them”
  • “Invite you to celebrate with them”
  • “At the marriage of their children”
  • “The pleasure of your company”
  • “Invite you to share in their love as they exchange vows”
  • “Honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of”
  • “Together with their parents you are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage”
  • “_____ joyfully invite you to share in a celebration of love and commitment”
  • “Please come help us celebrate our love”
  • “Together with our families we joyfully invite you to the wedding of _____”
  • “Invite you to witness the love and come party at the marriage”
  • “_____ have the honor of announcing their marriage”
  • “Please join as we tie the knot”
  • “_____ would be honored to have you present when we exchange vows”
  • “Request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their union”
  • “You are cordially invited to attend the wedding of”
  • “We invite you to share in our joy and request your presence at the wedding of”
  • “With joyful hearts, _____ request your presence at their wedding”
  • “We’re getting married, please join us”
  • “_____invite you to an evening of drinks and dancing to celebrate their wedding!”
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Tradition dictates that the bride’s name always precedes the groom’s. For same-sex couples, alphabetical order can be chosen.

To ensure that your wedding invitation turns out flawless, refer to the list of an invite’s components in the next section. Read on to not miss out any details.

What All To Include In An Invite

Information to include in a wedding invitation

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All wedding invitations should include the following key elements:

  • A line to denote who is hosting the wedding (parents or the couple)
  • A request line, inviting the guests to your wedding
  • Full names of the couple
  • Date and time of the ceremony
  • Venue information
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • RSVP deadline
  • RSVP contact details

You can also add your guests’ names to make it clear whether they are allowed to bring company or children.

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Formal invitations come with a second card that details the reception. The words “and afterward at the reception” or “reception soon after” can be included on the wedding invitation itself.

Your wedding invite should also be customized according to the kind of ceremony you are planning — traditional, quirky, or private. Head to the next section for invitation specimens for formal, casual, and virtual weddings.

Sample Wedding Invitations

1. Formal Wedding Invitations

How to word your formal wedding invitation

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  • Amelia Bell & Jake Bradley
    Request the honor of your presence
    On their wedding day
    Saturday, the 11th of June, 2016
    At half past six o’clock in the evening
    The First Congregational Church of Wells
  • We’re getting married!
    Ben & Pilar
    Please join us
    At 5:30 p.m.
    Panorama Hills
  • Sophia Anderson and Jaden Harper
    Invite you to their wedding
    September 14, 2024
    Saturday at four o’clock
    In the afternoon
    Willow Creek Vineyard
    Seattle, Washington
  • The honor of your presence
    Is requested at the marriage of
    Jack Smith
    To Kim Mason
    Saturday, the seventeenth of May
    Two thousand and twenty
    At half past four in the afternoon
  • The pleasure of your company is requested
    At the marriage celebration of
    Robin Johnson and John Smith
    On Saturday, the eighteenth of July
    Two thousand twenty-two
    At four o’clock
    Grace Fellowship Church
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rupert Briggs
    Request the honor of your presence
    At the marriage of
    Ms. Tricia Anne to their son Mr. Ryan Chan Bennett
    On Saturday, the ninth of November,
    Two thousand and eighteen at two o’clock in the afternoon.
    Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral
    Miami, Florida.
  • God has blessed us with
    Love and friendship.
    We, Sofia Smith and
    James Ray,
    Have chosen to begin our new
    Life together on
    Saturday, August 7, 2022
    We joyously invite
    You to witness as we exchange marriage vows
    And celebrate with us
    At 11 o’clock in the morning
    Christ Chapel of the Valley
    Los Angeles

2. Casual Wedding Invitations

How to word your casual wedding invitation

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  • We’re getting married!
    Ben & Pilar
    Please join us
    at 5:30 p.m.
    Panorama Hills
  • Together with their families
    Kendall Robinson and Tatum White
    Invite you to celebrate their wedding
    Aug 23, 2022
    4 o’ clock in the evening
    Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    Augustana, Georgia
  • Talia Flores and Stephen Byrne
    Invite you to a celebration of their
    Love and commitment
    June 10, 2017
    12:00 pm
    Arctic Club Hotel
    Seattle, Washington
  • Ann & Thomas
    Are tying the knot!
    You are happily invited to
    Join us in celebration of their marriage
    Saturday the twelfth of September 2020
    4 o’clock in the afternoon
    Crater Lake Lodge
  • With great pleasure
    Mrs. & Mr. Biel and Mrs. & Mr. Timberlake
    Invite you to celebrate the
    Marriage of their children
    Jessica and Justin
    October 19, 2012
    At four o’clock in the afternoon
    Borgo Egnazia Resort
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    Request the honor of your presence
    At the marriage of their daughter
    Maria Smith to Jade Collins
    When they ask God’s blessing on their union
    And His presence in their new life together.
  • Please share in our joy at
    The marriage of our daughter
    Tricia Anne Briggs to Ryan Chan Bennett
    November 09, 2022, at four o’clock.
    The Grand Oak Cafe
    Manitoba, Winnipeg
    Dinner and dancing to follow

3. Invitation To Attend Virtually

How to word your wedding invitation to attend virtually

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  • With an abundance of caution
    And care for our guests,
    We have decided to marry
    In a small intimate ceremony.
    We sincerely appreciate your
    Love and support, and
    Would love if you could
    Join us virtually instead
    As we say ‘I do’.
  • In light of the current health restrictions,
    Our wedding is sadly smaller than intended.
    We have limited number of seats,
    And we saved one for you.
    Hope you can join us as
    We celebrate our wedding day.
    Please reply by 3rd of September
    To let us know if you can still attend.
  • Alexa and John joyfully announce their marriage,
    December 26, 2020
    Due to restrictions on gathering sizes,
    We are unable to celebrate with you in person.
    Please know that your presence
    Will be sincerely missed
    And we hope that you will be able to
    Celebrate with us from afar.
  • In a private ceremony,
    A new love is being celebrated.
    Alexandrea Jack and Jacob Mason
    Are tying a knot in
    The presence of their close circle.
    We would love for your blessings and wishes!
  • There’s been a change of plan!
    Citing the current economic crisis,
    We can’t share this day with you in person.
    Please join us virtually through Zoom
    To celebrate our special day.
    See our website for access details.
  • Our love can’t be canceled!
    We are not stopping and have decided
    To move the party to zoom.
    We request that you join us
    In celebrating this day.
    We can’t wait to meet you
    All at a huge celebration when this is over.
    Visit our website for details of admission.

4. To Intimate About Postponement

  • During this challenging
    And unprecedented time,
    We regret to inform you that
    Carly and Frederick’s wedding
    Has been postponed.
    We will keep you updated
    When more information is available.
    The Campbell and Monterey families

Planning a wedding involves multiple preparations at every level. Along with the venue, decor, food, and attire, the invitation sets the tone for the wedding. The wording of your wedding invitation should be framed in a way that makes your guests feel welcome to participate in your joyous celebrations. With the samples above, you can get a fair idea of what your invitation should sound like. Make it warm and endearing to make sure your friends, family, and relatives feel happy to be a part of your big day!

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I send out my wedding invitations?

Sending out your wedding invitations 8-10 weeks in advance will give your guests enough time to plan their travel and schedule. Master and certified wedding planner JoAnn Moore says, “I recommend 3 months in advance. Many guests forget to return the RSVP card and most venues require 30 days out from the event for the final guest count. This will allow time to contact the guests who have not returned their RSVP card.”

Do you have to put Mr. and Mrs. on wedding invitations?

Adding titles to an invitation makes the invitation more formal. However, there is no compulsion to do so. You may go with what you think your guests might prefer or like.

Can you list multiple venues on your wedding invitation?

Multiple venues and wedding-related events on a single invite may make things confusing. You may also want to restrict the number of guests for certain events, in which case, listing them all on a single invitation would not be the smart thing to do. However, if you are keeping the guestlist constant throughout your events, you may list them out in one invitation.

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