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Wedding Invitation Wording

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By:  Lindsay Richards

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How to choose wedding invitation wording that will help, not hurt your wedding invitations.

Your wedding season has officially begun when you send out the wedding invitations, and everything from the wedding invitation wording to the design shows your guests who you are and what’s important to you.

It’s important to choose a design theme that you love, but that also represents the kind of event you are throwing. Many brides are eager to do this, and have no problem selecting colors and styles, but freeze when it comes to selecting the wording for the invitation.

Don’t fret! Here are some tips on how to get started with your wedding invitation text and make your invitations the best that they can be.

Wedding Invitation Wording Tips:

Be mindful of the Host.

Identifying and recognizing the host of your wedding is a great place to start when drafting wedding invitation wording. In most cases, the bride and groom do not foot the bill for the entire wedding. The host is usually the bride’s parents, and sometimes both sets of parents, so why not honor their incredible gift with recognition!

Popular host-honoring wording include:

Host: Bride’s Parents

  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Henderson request the honor of your presence…(Formal)
  • Mr and Mrs Mike and Becky Henderson invite you to join them as they celebrate the Marriage of their Daughter…(Semi-Formal)

Host: Bride and Groom’s Parents

  • Mr and Mrs Mike and Becky Henderson and Mr and Mrs Greg and Martha Bates invite you to join them at the marriage of their children…(Semi-Formal)

Host: The Bride and Groom and Families

  • Heather Anne Henderson and Greg Bates Jr. along with their families, invite you to witness their commitment to God and each other as they join together in holy matrimony…(Religious)

2. Be personal AND polite 

Unique and personal invitations should never come at the cost of being courteous. Adding modern wording that is fun or unique will set your invitations apart – as long as you remember your audience. Guests graciously give you time and money when they attend your wedding, and it’s important to stress that their presence is what you are asking for, and nothing more. Delight them, entertain them, make them excited for your big day, but don’t make the colossal mistake of being impolite.

3. The RSVP card is a good place to add a little style.

It’s always important to make sure you are being yourself with your wedding planning. So, if you want to add a personal touch, but do not want to stray from a traditional invitation, add some pizazz with your RSVP! You can tailor your wording on the RSVP based on the kind of wedding you are having. For example: if you are having a country wedding, instead of saying “can attend” and “unable to attend”, you could add a little humor by saying “Yes! We’ll be there ya’ll!” and “No! Got a hitch in my giddy up from sitting on my spurs.” Think outside the box! Plus, if the response is fun and inviting, your guests will be more eager to respond.

4. Have fun!

If you have fun choosing your design and selecting the wedding invitation wording that will be on your invitation, it will show! Your invitations serve the incredible purpose of announcing a sacred and serious commitment, but they also announce the big celebration you have planned to celebrate your love for each other. So, enjoy selecting the elements that will make up your special day.

We hope these tips will help you in creating the best invitation for your BIG DAY!

Wedding Invitation Wording was last modified: May 3rd, 2017 by Rachel Sommer