wedding invitation wording

Phrasing your invitations can sometimes be tricky.  We’ve created some examples of wedding invitation wording you can use exactly or tweak to fit your own style of invitation.

Traditionally, wedding invitations are worded based on who is hosting the wedding.  If you’re going for a more formal feel and you want to make sure to honor the party that is hosting, consider using one of the following examples.

formal / traditional
wording examples

one set of parents hosting

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Collins
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
to
Edward Michael Jones
son of
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jones
Saturday, the first day of January
two-thousand and fifteen
at seven o’clock in the evening.
The Grand Ballroom
1001 Main Street · Atlanta, Georgia
Reception to follow.

bride & groom

hosting

The honor of your presence 
is requested at the marriage of
Mary Ann Collins
and
Edward Michael Jones
son of
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jones
Saturday, the first day of January
two-thousand and fifteen
at seven o’clock in the evening.
The Grand Ballroom
1001 Main Street · Atlanta, Georgia
Reception to follow.

two sets of parents hosting

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Collins &
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann Collins
and
Edward Michael Jones
Saturday, the first day of January
two-thousand and fifteen
at seven o’clock in the evening.
The Grand Ballroom
1001 Main Street · Atlanta, Georgia
Reception to follow.

everyone's

pitching in!

Mary Ann Collins
and
Edward Michael Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Collins
and
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the first day of January
two-thousand and fifteen
at seven o’clock in the evening.
The Grand Ballroom
1001 Main Street · Atlanta, Georgia
Reception to follow.

designer's note:

Remember, these are just examples.  If any set of parents is divorced or remarried simply add another line for the additional parents in the appropriate spot.  You can also easily add the name of a deceased parent by adding “the late...” and adding that parent’s name.  If you don’t like the way “Mr. & Mrs. Michael Collins” sounds, feel free to switch it up to “Judy and Michael Collins”.

Also, feel free to change any wording you like to match your style.  If you don’t love the words “request the honor of your presence...”, by all means, change it!  Here are some alternate formal invitation phrases:

alternate formal invitation phrases:

...requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of...
...cordially invites you to the marriage of...
...requests the honor of your company at the union of...
...requests the honor of you presence at the wedding celebration of...

For more casual wording, follow the formal examples above but change up the invitation phrase with one of the alternate phrases below, or make up one of your own!

casual
wording examples

alternate casual invitation phrases:

...invites you to the wedding of...
...invites you to join in the celebration of the marriage of...
...invites you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting...
...invites you to celebrate the wedding of...
...invite you to share in their joy as they exchange vows...
...invite you to the wedding celebration of...
...invite you to the marriage ceremony uniting their children...
together with their families,... ...invite you to share in the joy of their union
with joyful hearts... ...invite you to the marriage of...
...invite you to celebrate their love story as they become husband and wife...
please join us for the wedding of...

Also consider adding a favorite quote to your invitation.

designer's note:

Invitation wording is all about starting with the basics and changing things here and there to compliment you personality and style.  Go with what sounds right and feels right to you. Don’t be afraid to personalize your wording.  Your guests will appreciate your uniqueness!