Invitation Wording

WONDERING WHAT TO SAY ON YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS?

Etiquette dictates what will appear on your wedding invitation—the arrangement of words, spelling, and even capitalization. Rest assured, you don’t need to become an etiquette expert! When you order with us, we can advise on the subtle nuances of traditional invitations and those for more relaxed events.

Here are some traditional wedding invitation wording samples:

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE HOSTING

CEREMONY IS AT A HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paul Mason
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jane Audrey
to
Mr. Richard James Franklin
Saturday, the twenty-first of December
Two thousand and nineteen
at half after four o’clock
Church of Christ
Westport, Connecticut

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE HOSTING

CEREMONY IS NOT AT A HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paul Mason
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jane Audrey
to
Mr. Richard James Franklin
Saturday, the twenty-first of December
Two thousand and nineteen
at half after four o’clock
Oak Ridge Country Club
Westport, Connecticut

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE HOSTING

LESS FORMAL, USING FIRST NAMES ONLY

Note: The woman's name is first.

Patricia and Thomas Mason
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jane Audrey
to
Richard James Franklin

BOTH SETS OF PARENTS HOSTING

Note: The parents’ names are not separated by the word “and”.
Bride’s parents are listed first.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paul Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph Franklin
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Jane Audrey
and
Richard James

JEWISH WEDDING

Note: It is mandatory to include the Groom’s parents by adding the line "son of". This custom has become quite popular and can be used on wedding invitations for any faith. Note the use of the word "and" instead of "to".

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel David Freeman
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Robin Nina
and
Mr. Mark Robert Sussman
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Walter Sussman
Sunday, the twenty-second of December
Two thousand and nineteen
at ten o’clock
Temple Beth Shalom
Westport, Connecticut

CATHOLIC WEDDING - TRADITIONAL NUPTIAL MASS

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph McCabe
request the honour of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter
Mary Francis
and
Mr. Peter Paul O'Connell
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
Saturday, the twenty-second of December
Two thousand and nineteen
at half after four o'clock
Saint Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church
Westport, Connecticut

DIVORCED PARENTS

Note: The parents names are not separated by the word "and". Bride’s mother is listed first.

Mrs. Karen Anne Mason
Mr. Thomas Paul Mason
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jane Audrey
and
Richard James Franklin

DIVORCED PARENTS

Parents have remarried and wish to include their new spouse

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Randolph Peterson (Bride’s mother and her spouse)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paul Mason (Bride’s father and his spouse)
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Jane Audrey Mason
and
Richard James Franklin

DECEASED PARENTS

Note: Except in Latin cultures, it is not proper to include a deceased parent on the invitation. Many people wish to acknowledge and remember a loved one during their wedding, and we encourage you to do so, during the service and in the wedding program.

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Randolph Peterson (Bride’s mother and her spouse)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paul Mason (Bride’s father and his spouse)
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Jane Audrey Mason
and
Richard James Franklin

BRIDE AND GROOM HOSTING

The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Jane Audrey Mason
to
Richard James Franklin
Saturday, the twenty-first of December

BRIDE AND GROOM HOSTING WITH THEIR PARENTS

Note: This is perfect wording for multiple hosts and/or divorced parents. It is very inclusive, welcoming and one of our most popular invitation wording selections.

Together with their parents
Jane Audrey Mason
and
Richard James Franklin
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the twenty-first of December

Invitation Wording for Same Sex Couples

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