How you word your wedding invitations sets the tone and ambience for your big day.
Once you have chosen your beautiful wedding stationery you’ll need to focus your attention on the perfect way to deliver your happy wedding day news.
The style and theme of your wedding – traditional and formal, modern, vintage or retro, DIY, destination, etc – will greatly influence the words that you select for your invites. You can keep the wording classic and traditional, opt for romantic and whimsical, or creatively express your love, joy and happiness, in a manner that is original and meaningfully personal.
Although there are some general etiquette rules to follow, regarding what you can acceptably include on your wedding invitations, you do have the freedom to word your wedding invitations however you like. The overall wording style should represent you and your beloved, reflect your love, and clearly communicate all of the important wedding day details.
1. Classic Prose
The simplest form of wedding invitation wording involves the use of classic prose. It’s perfectly acceptable to keep the wording of your wedding invitations minimalist. You can write: “You are cordially invited to the joyful wedding of XXXX and XXXX on 16th September…”, or: “XXXX and XXXX request the pleasure of your company…”
You don’t have to be a wordsmith to pen the wording on a wedding invitation that is simple and understated. You can simply write: “We invite you to join us in celebrating love on our special day.”
This concise and precise type of wedding invitation wording perfectly suits a formal civil ceremony wedding.
2. Traditional Hosting
A traditional and formal wedding that is hosted by the bride’s parents requires a specific style of wording. The hosts are named at the top of the wedding invitations, as follows: “Mr & Mrs XXXX XXXX request the pleasure of the company of XXXX XXXX at the marriage of their daughter XXXX to Mr. XXXX XXXX.”
Many couples choose to include the names of both sets of parents as hosts, no matter who is footing the bill. If you’re collaboratively hosting with parents, you can word your wedding invitations accordingly, like “Together with their parents, XXXX and XXXX request the pleasure of your company…”
3. Warmly Sincere
Some couples prefer to swap the formal and traditional wording of wedding invitations, for something that is a little more warm, friendly and sincere.
You can write text that includes words that are especially meaningful to you and your future spouse: “We cherish the role that you have played in our lives, and we would be honoured if you would join us as we begin the journey of marriage together…”
4. Conversationally Laidback
Announcing that you’re ‘getting hitched’ or ‘tying the knot’ in an upbeat and quirky conversational style is a highly modern way to word your wedding invitations, especially if you’re planning a rustic DIY wedding.
“Your love and friendship have made us who we are as a couple. We’re getting hitched because we know that you enjoy a good laugh, great beer, and a BBQ as much as we do!”
5. Poetic Interpretation
If you appreciate high-quality prose and are artistically and creatively minded, you can poetically word your wedding invitations: “Two hearts, two souls, and one love for all eternity, XXXX and XXXX request the pleasure of your company.”
6. Romantic Fairytale
If your themed wedding is a lavishly romantic fairytale affair, the wording of your wedding invitations should absolutely set the tone… “We’ve decided that our forever and forever begins when XXXX and XXXX unite in happily-ever-after marriage.”
7. Love Quotes
The traditional wording of wedding invitations is often lacking in the emotion department. To rectify this, you can always sprinkle a few eloquent words about love that are inspired by classic quotes. Love has long been a source of inspiration for poets, writers, and songwriters, and you too can use the sentiment to express your heartfelt feelings on your wedding day.
“Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect.” – Unknown
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr Seuss
8. Creative Freestyle
If you’re planning an intimate wedding, attended by close family and a few best friends, a creative freestyle approach to wording your wedding invitations is perfectly personalised.
When you have a small pile of wedding invitations to write, you can tailor the text to express your love, affection and connection for each special guest.
9. Unconventional & Awesome
Not all couples want to get wed in a traditional ceremony, or to choose wedding invitations that are stylish but formal. Some couples prefer to celebrate their uniqueness with an unconventional wedding, theme, and wording for their wedding invitations.
If your wedding invitation is not printed in the usual paper format, choose wording that best suits your alternative type of invite.
• A cinema ticket wedding invitation should have wording that is movie inspired, for optimal impact.
• The latest on-trend Instagram wedding invitations typically emphasise beautiful photos, with minimal wording.
• If your wedding invitation is a map, use the appropriate cartography and wording format.
10. Straight To The Point
If you and your beloved simply want to get wed with no fuss or frills, the best wording idea for your wedding invites should reflect your straight to the point approach: “Wedding? Game on! Join us in celebrating our nuptials at 15:00 on XXXX.”