All About Wedding Invitation Wording

wedding invitation wording In the good old days, wedding invitation wording would have been easy to contemplate due to the fact that the use of formal communication was standard as opposed to outdated, and the bride’s parents always saw to the particular details of the nuptials.

Fast forward to the twenty-first century and with the introduction of the modern day bride, non secular services, and anything and everything in between, phrasing proper wedding invitations has become more of a hassle than a lesson in merriment.

In order to simplify the invitation, it is important to break it down and separate the needless from the essential with regards to overall arrangement.

For this purpose, using the four W’s is a no nonsense approach.

'Who' states the names of the couple tying the knot, 'What' states that there is a wedding on the way, 'When' specifies the exact date and time, and 'Where' states the location of the ceremony and or reception site.

The issue of who is financially responsible for the wedding is one of the first things to consider.

If the wedding is more conventional, this would be the parents of the bride, and the Mr. and Mrs. would be followed by the man’s name.

If the day is more contemporary in nature and the bride and groom will host the wedding, use Ms. and Mr. with the female name first, followed by the man’s name.

The second W on the list is really just another way to request attendance. _________________________________________________________________


If your ceremony is at a church, then the second line will be worded so that it states: requests the honour (formal use of word) of your presence, but if it is at a non secular location the second line will be worded so that it requests the pleasure of your company instead.

In between our W’s there is the little question of listing both the bride and groom’s names which can be accomplished easily by placing the full name of the female first, followed by the man’s name to insure proper wedding invitation wording.

The date and time, or 'when' in our example above should have all of the words and numbers completely spelled out in long form.

Saturday, May 20th would read: Saturday, the twentieth of May and if your ceremony and reception are at separate sites, be sure to add a separate card for the reception location and time to avoid confusion.

The location of the ceremony and or reception comes last.

Be sure to spell out each word and number in its entirety for the physical address unless you are interested in more creative wedding invitations, in which case simply list the address as it would appear in the phone book.

Wedding invitation wording is another one of the things that dictates the type of wedding you are going to have and communicates that thought process to your guests.

If your invitation is more formal, your guests will pick up on the traditional sentiment by the words you choose and how you display them but if your invitation is less formal, your guests will pick up on the vibe you are trying to achieve based on the use of your words and how you present them.

Either way, allow this process to become one more precious memory in the lead up to the big day.

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