We often get questions about how to choose the right wording for wedding invitations. It can be a little confusing trying to figure out how to clearly communicate the details and the style of your event. Most importantly, remember that the wording should reflect the overall style of your special day. Whether you're having a formal affair or a backyard shindig, we have a simple guide to help you navigate wedding wording etiquette.
Below are some examples of wedding invitations we have printed recently with different wording variations, as well as some other tips.
For the bride and groom's names, if you're having a traditional wedding, use full names: Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Adam Thomas Brown
If you're having a more casual wedding, you can use just your first names: Sarah and Adam
For the parents hosting a traditional wedding: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
For the parents hosting a more informal wedding: John and Rachel Smith
If your ceremony is in a place of worship: request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
If your ceremony is in a secular location: request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
If the ceremony and reception take place in the same venue: Cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow
If the ceremony and reception are at different locations: Reception immediately following, Countryside Hotel
Or you can use a totally different separate reception card, but make sure to mention the time if the reception does not immediately follow.