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Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas

  Planning & Advice

One of the first order of business in deciding a wedding card is to agree on the copy or the words to be included in the wedding card. We at Mostly Handmade, a boutique wedding card studio, have detailed discussions with our patrons on what exactly works for them in their specific wedding context. We bring for you a selection of the wedding invitation wording ideas.

Have a quick browse and share with us your perspectives!

In terms of a structure, here are the most used elements:

  • Who’s hosting
  • The request to come to the wedding
  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The date and time
  • The location
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • Separate RSVP card

 

Who is hosting? Have a look at the below copy

The request to come to the wedding? Any of the following can be used. Have a look at the sample below.

  • “the pleasure of your company”
  • “at the marriage of their children”
  • “would love for you to join them”
  • “invite you to celebrate with them”
  • “honour of your presence”

The Names of Brides and Grooms. Check out the sample below.

Traditionally the name of the bride always precedes the groom’s name. Formal invitations issued by the bride’s parents refer to her by her first and middle names, the groom by his full name and title; if the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.

For a same-sex marriage, of course, the traditional rule of woman first and man second isn’t applicable. You can choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better.

The Date and Time. Check out the sample below.

For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). The year is optional (the assumption being your wedding is on the nearest such date). Time of day is spelled out using “o’clock” or “half after five o’clock.” The use of a.m. or p.m. is optional. For casual weddings, numerals are fine.

The Location. Check out the sample below.

The street address of a venue is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host’s home. The city should be written out in full in either case.

Reception Information. Check out the sample below.

Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card. Otherwise, it can be printed on the wedding invitation itself if there is room; if the ceremony and reception are held in the same location, you may print “and afterward at the reception” or “reception immediately following.” When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if the wedding reception is not immediately following the ceremony.

Dress Code. Check out the sample below.

Wedding invitation etiquette dictates that the dress code, if it’s to be included on the invitation, it is the lower right hand corner of the invitation. If you don’t include a note on attire, the invitation will indicate the dress code. For example, if the invitation is very fancy, guests will likely be anticipating a formal, black-tie affair, or conversely, if the invitation on the simpler side, that indicates a more casual dress code.

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Now that you have browsed a few of the top wedding invitation wording ideas, why not head over to Mostly Handmade wedding card collections? You would find some classy card collections including wedding ecards.

Mostly Handmade Design is a Bengaluru based Creative Design Studio that specializes in contemporary & minimalistic wedding invites, artisanal floral & ethnic designs, Quirky & Boho wedding card designs and wedding e-cards.

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