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Wedding Invitation Wording Examples 2018

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2017

Deciding how to word your invitations can be a challenge. We’re here to take away the guesswork and help you find the perfect way to capture your special day, whether your personal style is casual or formal.

We’ll also make sure you know the details to include and the wording options available based on who’s hosting and guide you in the fun details like picking a monogram. With your wording decided, find a wedding invitation that matches your style and theme.

Elements to Include in Your Invitation Wording

Monogram and Symbol

When guests open their wedding invitation, the first thing they see is the wedding monogram and symbol. It consists of the initial of the couple’s first names, symbolizing the union that everyone is preparing to celebrate! There are many elegant styles to choose from whether you prefer traditional or modern; try printing a free wedding invitation sample before you decide on your wedding themes and colors.

Host Names

The first line of the invitation is dedicated to the host of the wedding, also known as the party covering the expenses. Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid for the wedding but with changing times, the groom’s parents, bride and groom, or a combination of all three are contributing. There is no official order for listing the names. It’s all up to personal preference.

The Couple

When listing the names of the couple, the bride’s name typically precedes the groom’s. Most commonly, the bride’s first and middle names are used while the groom’s first and last names are used. This is, of course, all up to personal style. Whether you’re opting for formal or casual invitations will determine how you display your names.

The Details

The details are the most important part of your wedding invitations. Keep them simple and stick to the basics! You’ll need to include the date, time and location. You should also include the address so everyone knows where they’re going.

Post Ceremony

Let your guests know what to expect after the ceremony. It’s a great way to set the tone for your reception with clear expectations. If there’s a cocktail hour or dancing and dinner, it’s good to spell it all out here. You should also include the address if the reception will be held at a separate venue. If you are including social media in your wedding; you can also add your wedding hashtag in this section or at the end of your invitation depending on your preference.

Wedding Invitation Wording: Formal and Casual

Who Is Hosting?

Bride'sParents

Groom'sParents

Bride &Groom

Couple &Parents

Couple'sParents

Pick Your Style

Formal

Casual

Formal(with stepparents)

Casual(with stepparents)

First, Choose Who's Hosting

Then Pick Your Style

Jump to a specific section to find the perfect wedding invitation wording according to the host:

Bride’s Parents Hosting

Formal:

Casual:

Formal:

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Alyssa Elena
to
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual:

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Alyssa Elena
to
Stephen Byrne

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Formal (with Stepparents):

Casual (with Stepparents):

Formal (with Stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer and
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hill
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Alyssa Elena
to
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual (with Stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer
and Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hill
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Alyssa Elena
to
Stephen Byrne

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

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Groom’s Parents Hosting

Formal:

Casual:

Formal:

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of

Alyssa Elena
to their son
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual:

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of

Alyssa Elena
to their son
Stephen Byrne

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Formal (with Stepparents):

Casual (with Stepparents):

Formal (with Stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne
and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lynn
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of

Alyssa Elena
to their son
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual (with Stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne
and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lynn
request the pleasure of your company

Alyssa Elena
to their son
Stephen Byrne

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Back to Top

Bride & Groom Hosting

Formal:

Casual:

Formal:

Alyssa Elena
and
Stephen Byrne

request the honor of your company
at the celebration of their union

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual:

Alyssa Elena
and
Stephen Byrne

request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Back to Top

Couple & Parents Hosting

Formal:

Casual:

Formal:

Together with their parents

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

request the honor of your company
at the celebration of their union

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual:

Together with their parents

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Formal (Option 2):

Casual (Option 2):

Formal (Option 2):

Together with
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer and Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

request the honor of your company
at the celebration of their union

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual (Option 2):

Together with
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer and Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow

Back to Top

Couple’s Parents Hosting

Formal:

Formal (With Stepparents):

Formal:

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer
and Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne
request the honor of your company
at the marriage of their children

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Formal (With Stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer,
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne,
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hill
and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lynn
request the honor of your company
at the marriage of their children

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Formal (with a late parent):

Casual (with stepparents):

Formal (with a late parent):

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer
and Mr.Tom Byrne & the late Mrs. Nancy Byrne
request the honor of your company
at the marriage of their children

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and seventeen
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Reception to follow

Casual (with stepparents):

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Myer,
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Byrne,
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hill
and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lynn
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

Alyssa Elena
&
Stephen Byrne

June 10, 2017
12:00 pm

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dinner and dancing to follow