How to Word your Wedding Invitations

Wedding stationery (yes, stationEry) day continues! After getting 7 awesome tips for how to choose your wedding invitations, Lindsey from PAPERMADE INVITES is bringing us even more vital info.

Wedding invitation wording can be a mine field. There are quite a few people who could potentially be offended if it’s not done correctly. The main factor to consider is who is footing the bill for the wedding. If your parents are contributing at all, they should definitely be mentioned on the invitation. And traditionally, even if the groom’s parents aren’t paying for anything, they would be mentioned too.

More and more couples are paying for the big day themselves. While it’s not necessary to mention your parents in this case, some couples decide to list their parents out of respect, and change the wording slightly. But it is perfectly acceptable not to.

Lindsey has compiled some traditional, modern and fun options for your invites, response cards and menus, take it away Lindsey!

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Below are some examples of wedding phrasing: fun, modern and classic.  *You can say “dinner, drinks and dancing to follow”, “reception to follow the ceremony” or make the response card fun by making it a “madlibs style card”, add menu items or icons, ask guests “what song will get you dancing?”, etc…ask me for some fun ideas on how to make it your own.  A lot of the text on your invitations depends on who is hosting the wedding…and many times who is paying.  There is a way to bridge the gap between both…by making it yours and showing respect at the same time.

how to word your wedding invitesPhoto by Amber Glanville.

BRIDE AND GROOM HOSTING

Example 1

(could also say together with their families)

Together with their parents

Samantha Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

request the honor of your presence at their marriage

on Sunday, the seventh of October

two thousand twelve

at six o’clock in the evening

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

Example 2

Because you have shared in

our lives by your friendship and love, we

Samantha Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

together with our parents

invite you to share

the beginning of our new life together when we exchange marriage vows

on Friday, the eleventh of May

two thousand and twelve

at half after four o’clock

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

 how to word your wedding invites

Example 3

The future seems so bright and clear

when I picture it with you near

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

request the honour of your presence at their marriage

Friday, the eighth of August

two thousand and twelve

at half after five o’clock

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

Example 4

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

have chosen the first day

of their new life together

as Saturday, the fourth of October

two thousand and twelve

You are invited to share in their joy

as they exchange marriage vows

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

 how to word your wedding invites

Example 5

Kids at heart we’ll always be, as we go through life

you’ll always be my best friend, when we’re husband and wife

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

invite you to join the

celebration as we are married

on Saturday, the twenty-third of September

two thousand and twelve

at five o’clock in the evening

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

Example 6

(Fun Wording)

Because your love and friendship have made us who we are,

And because you enjoy good beer and barbecue as much as we do

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

Invite you to join them at their wedding

on Saturday, the twenty-third of September

two thousand and twelve

at five o’clock in the evening

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

how to word your wedding invites

Example 6 

(Fun Wording)

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

Boy met Girl.

For the rest of the story…join us on

Saturday, the twenty-third of September

two thousand and twelve

Celebration will begin at four o’clock in the afternoon

Ceremony at dusk.

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

 

BRIDE AND GROOMS PARENTS INVITING

Example 1

Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers

and

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Demett

invite you to share in the joy

of the marriage uniting their children

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

on Saturday, the twelfth day of April

two thousand and twelve

at eleven o’clock in the morning

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

 how to word your wedding invites

Example 2

Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers

and

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Demett

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Samantha Anne Meyers

and

Nicholas Kristoff Demett

as they happily unite

their hearts and  their lives through marriage

on Saturday, the second of August

two thousand twelve

at six o’clock in the evening

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

how to word your wedding invites

Example 3

The Meyers and Demmet families

invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting

their children

Samantha Anne

and

Nicholas Christopher

on Saturday, the twelfth of July

two thousand and twelve

at eleven o’clock in the morning

Spokane Convention Center

334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard

Spokane, Washington

These are just a few examples of the wording categories, there are many more for: separated/divorced parents inviting, mentioning deceased parents, brides parents hosting, grooms parents posting, destination weddings and eloped weddings.

RESPONSE CARD WORDING

how to word your wedding invites

TRADITIONAL RESPONSE CARD (can include the number of children attending)

____Accepts with Pleasure

____Number of Guests Attending

____Declines with Regret

ALTERNATE RESPONSE CARD WORDINGS (contact me for many more options)

____Can’t wait to celebrate

____Number of People Attending

____Will be there in Spirit

MADLIBS STYLE RESPONSE CARD

how to word your wedding invites

FUN RESPONSE CARD WORDING

Who’s In?

____Will be there with bells on!

____Will attend…no bells.

____Will not attend…has bell phobia. Sends regrets.

QUESTIONAIRE RESPONSE CARD (Ask your guests to full out a questionnaire. Start off with some basic questions and then add some fun ones)

M__________________________________

____Will Attend

____Regretfully Declines

At your wedding, I/we plan to:

____Eat a lot of cake

____Dance my feet off

____Smile endlessly

____All of the above

The happy couples best qualities include:

____Good looks

____Stunning Intelligence

____Witty sense of humor

____Excellent taste in friends

MENU CHOICE RESPONSE CARDS (meal icons are also a fun idea)

how to word your wedding invitesPhotos by Amber Glanville

*You can also have fun with your meal choice.  If you are offering guests more than one option for dinner, don’t feel you have to stick to the literal words of steak, fish, chicken and vegetables.* 

Instead you could say:

Entree Choice:

____Moo!

____Cluck!

____The silence of vegetables growing

or

We prefer to dine on a beast

____Of the land

____Of the sea

____Of feathers

____Of soy

how to word your wedding invites

There are so many creative versions of wording on your wedding stationery to choose from.  I have a million more to choose from, so message me for more details!

At PAPERMADE INVITES we offer the highest quality product you and your guests are guaranteed to love.  Fast turn-around time, professional printing, premium card stock, custom design work (choose from 1000’s of fonts and colors, any size or shape layout/design you want) and amazing envelopes.

To see more from PAPERMADE INVITES check out Lindsey’s website or Etsy page!

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