Wedding Stationery Etiquette - Invitation Wording

In our previous article we looked at wedding invitations in general. In this article we give you some examples showing different invite wording for different situations.

Formal style invitations tend to follow a standard format with adjustments for the actual circumstances. Traditionally the bride's parents host the wedding but it's increasingly common for the couple to host.

 

Bride's parents hosting

Mr. & Mrs. John  Smith
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Jane
to
Mr. David Jones
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Couple hosting

Miss Mary Jane Smith
and
Mr David Jones
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at their marriage
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Where the family relationships are more complex, it can seem a minefield, but there are really just 2 key points to make clear:

1. Who is hosting the wedding
2. Their relationship to the couple (usually the bride, but occasionally the groom). 

Here are a few examples you can adapt to your circumstances

 

Bride's mother and stepfather hosting where bride's father deceased or absent

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lewis
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Jane Smith
to
Mr. David Jones
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Groom's parents hosting

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Jones
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at the marriage of their son
David
to
Miss Mary Jane Smith
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Bride's divorced or separated parents hosting

Mr. John  Smith and Mrs Anne Smith
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Jane
to
Mr. David Jones
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Bride's aunt hosting 

Miss Elizabeth Smith
requests the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at the marriage of her niece
Mary Jane Smith
to
Mr. David Jones
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2  o'clock
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

Informal invitations

If you don't want a formal style, then feel free to choose words which reflect your ceremony and personalities. Titles are usually omitted in informal invites.

 

____________________

Mary Jane Smith and David Jones

would love you to join them to celebrate their marriage
at St. Mary's Church, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 2 pm
and afterwards at
The Crown Hotel.

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

or

 

____________________

John & Anne Smith

invite you to share their happiness at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Jane
to
David Jones
at The Crown Hotel, Oxford,
on Saturday 8th July
at 4 pm

The ceremony will be followed by a buffet and dancing until midnight

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

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