Invitation Wording

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Composing your wedding invitation

Etiquette should never be adhered to at the cost of relationships. These are just guidelines, but do what feels most comfortable for those mentioned on this special stationery.

First, let’s learn a little and talk about the each line!


HOST LINE(s):

Traditionally, the host line lists the parents, or the couple. This line is reserved for the people hosting or funding the wedding. These days, many brides use this line to honor a family involved, acknowledging who is contributing financially and/or emotionally for their wedding.

If you are personally funding the wedding, there is nothing wrong with listing your names as the hosts. Many couples add “along with their families” to acknowledge the emotional support of their parents or to be respectfully vague about a complicated family or financial situation.

For middle names, you can choose to use them, use an initial, or omit. This is strictly personal preference.

Most traditional for married parents of the bride:
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jacob Williams

If divorced or separated, the woman’s name always comes first, and the names appear on two lines – Omit the word “and”. The use of the word links the names together as married.
Ms. Mary Williams
Mr. Daniel Williams

For parents that are divorced and one or both has remarried, you may list both sets, or you may choose to just list your biological parents only like shown above but with “Mrs.” for the woman.
Ms. Mary Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Williams
or
Mrs. Mary Jacobsen and Mr. John Jacobson
Mr. Daniel Williams
or
Ms. Mary Jacobsen and Mr. John Jacobson
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Williams

To list groom’s family, you can list them under the bride’s parent’s names or below the groom himself – if divorced same rules as above applies:
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jacob Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Baily
request the honor of your presence
or
Groom Name
son of
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Baily
Date

For parents who are doctors:
If both are: The Doctors Williams
If Father is: Doctor and Mrs. Daniel Williams
If the Mother is: Doctor Mary Williams and Mr. Daniel Williams

For mothers who have kept their maiden name, she should appear on the first like with the word “and” linking them to the father.
Mrs. Mary Johnson and Mr. Daniel Williams

Ministers are referred to as:
The Revered and Mrs. Daniel Williams
or
The Reverend Mary Williams and Mr. Daniel Williams

Other titles:

  • Military titles can be listed but not abbreviated
  • Ph.D. titles are only used in academic settings.
  • Listing Judges as “The Honorable” can come across presumptuous, unless you know that is their preferred “title” over “Mr.” or “Judge”.

REQUEST LINE(s):

For weddings held in a church, you use the word “honour”
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
or
the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of

For weddings held outside of a place of worship, it typically reads:
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
or
the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of


COUPLES NAMES :

Traditionally:
Brides First & Middle, no Last Name
to
Mr. Grooms Full Name

More current:
Brides First Middle Last
to
Grooms First Middle Last

It is also okay to omit one or both of the middle names.

You will also want to list titles if applies, with no abbreviation:

  • Doctor
  • Junior, II, III, etc. You can use, or omit the comma before it
  • Military Titles (if prefer)

DATE LINE:

The day of the week, the month and the year are all spelled out.
Numbers are used for more casual and quirky designs.
Saturday, the twenty-fifth of June
Two thousand and fifteen
or
Saturday, June 25, 2014


TIME LINE:

You can list time simply as “four o’clock” or as formal as “four o’clock in the afternoon”
Just like the time, numbers can be used for more casual and quirky invites.
4:00


LOCATION:

The location lists the place, address, and city & state. No zip code.
Cities of New York City and Washington D.C are exceptions, and are simply listed with no state: New York and Washington, District of Columbia
If the location is held in someones home, it is listed as the “The Daniel’s Residence”

When the reception is held at the same place, you can smile have “reception to follow” – otherwise, you will list the reception to follow along with “location”, “address, city and state”.


ATTIRE:

Additional blog post coming soon!


QUICK VISUALS

From the Brides Parents
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Williams
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
Saturday the 15th of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

From the Brides divorced Parents
Mrs. Mary Williams
Mr. Daniel Williams
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
Saturday, the fifteenth of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

Acknowledgment of Both Parents
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Williams
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
son of
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Bailey
Saturday, the fifteenth of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

Both Sets host:
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Bailey
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
Saturday, the fifteenth of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

Couple Hosts
The honor of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
or
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Both sets of parents are divorced:
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Williams
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
son of
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Bailey
Saturday, the fifteenth of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

or

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Henry Bailey
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Jillian Elizabeth Williams
to
James Carter Bailey
Saturday, the fifteenth of June
Two thousand fifteen
Seven o’clock in the evening
The Haley Vineyards
12345 Peach Tree Trail
Austin, Texas

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