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Guide to Wedding Invitation Wording

Guide to Wedding Invitation Wording


You’ve set the date, found the venue, and now it’s time to spread the word. But how should you word your wedding invitations? Whether you’re going for a formal, informal, traditional, reception-only, or destination wedding, we’ve got you covered. This guide will help you navigate the world of wedding invitation wording.

The Importance of Wedding Invitation Wording

Setting the Tone

The wording of your wedding invitation sets the tone for your big day. It provides your guests with crucial information and gives them a hint about what they can expect. Your wording should be in sync with your wedding theme and venue, right?

The Role of Tradition

Traditionally, wedding invitation wording was quite formal and followed a specific format. However, the modern approach encourages couples to choose a style that reflects their personality and taste.

Different Styles of Wedding Invitation Wording


In a formal invitation, use full names, and complete addresses. Avoid any abbreviations. For example, you would write “Sunday, the seventeenth of May, two thousand twenty-three,” instead of “Sunday, May 17, 2023”.


For an informal style, you have more flexibility. Feel free to use casual language, and abbreviations, and even inject some humor if you’d like. An example might be “Join us for a day of laughter, joy, and love on May 17, 2023!”


Traditional wording often involves mentioning the hosts (typically the bride’s parents), the couple’s full names, and the venue. An example would be “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter…”


If you’re hosting a reception-only event, ensure your guests are aware by clearly stating it on your invitations. For instance, “We’re tying the knot in a private ceremony, but we’d love for you to join us at the reception to celebrate!”


Destination wedding invitations should include extra information about the location and accommodation options. Something like, “Join us for a weekend of love and laughter in sunny Cancun!”

Essential Elements of Wedding Invitation

Regardless of the style, there are a few essential details to include:

  • The hosts
  • The couple’s names
  • Date and time
  • Location
  • RSVP information

Common Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Remember to send your invitations 6 to 8 weeks prior to your wedding, and provide a clear deadline for RSVPs. Keep your guest list in mind when selecting your wording style.

Tips for Crafting Your Own Wedding Invitations

When creating your invitations, express your personality and consider your event’s formality. Always proofread for any errors, and consider asking

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