Do You Know the Correct Wedding Invitation Wording

There are rules for wording of very formal wedding invitations, but in less formal events the wording can vary. If you are having a very formal wedding, you will be having engraved invitations, and your local printer will give you the detail of what is acceptable wording.

It is traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding, statistics show that the majority of weddings are paid for by the couple getting married. The second most common scenario today is that both parents share the cost of hosting the wedding. The third most common scenario is that the couple and both sets of parents share in the cost of the wedding.

If the couples are hosting their own wedding, the wording will state: Ann Smith and William Jones invite you to share their wedding day on date, place, time, etc.

If the parents of both couples are hosting the wedding, the wording will state: Mr. and Mrs. George Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, the parents of Ann Smith and William Jones invite you to witness the marriage of their children on date, place, time, etc.

If the couple are sharing the cost of the wedding with both sets of parents, the wording will state: Together with our parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, we, Ann Smith and William Jones invite you to share in the joy of the start of our new life together as we exchange marriage vows on date, place, time, etc.

If the bride’s parents are hosting the wedding, the wording will state: Mr. and Mrs. George Smith the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Ann to William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones on date, place, time, etc. If the parents are divorced, but are hosting the wedding together, it would read: Mr. George Smith and Mrs. Lily Smith….

If either the mother or father is hosting the wedding alone: Mrs. George Smith asks you to be present at the ceremony uniting Ann Smith to William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, on date, place, time, etc.

If the mother has remarried and is hosting with the bride’s father: Mrs. Sam Brown and Mr. George Smith invite you to share with their daughter Ann and William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, when they exchange marriage vows and start their new life together on date, place, time, etc.

If the mother has remarried and is hosting with the bride’s stepfather: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brown invite you to join our family on this joyous occasion when her daughter Ann will be married to William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, on date, place, time, etc.

If the bride’s stepfather is the sole host of the wedding: Mr. Sam Brown invites you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting his stepdaughter Ann with William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, on date, place, time, etc.

If the bride’s foster-parents are the hosts: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wood request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their foster-daughter Ann Smith to William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jones, on date, place, time, etc.

If the bride’s godmother is host: Mrs. Peter Green….of her goddaughter Ann Smith…

If the bride’s godmother and her husband are hosts: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Green….of her goddaughter Ann Smith

If the bride’s uncle and aunt are hosts: Mr. and Mrs. Jay Grant ….of their niece Ann Smith

If a friend is the host: Miss Sue Loves….friend of Ann Smith

In the examples, there are various wordings for the wedding invitation shown. It is important to include the key elements: who is hosting the party, their relationship to the bride, who the bride is marrying, when, and where. It is proper etiquette to acknowledge the groom’s parents, and their names should be included after the son’s name, as shown in the examples above.

Wording for wedding invitations has changed over the years, but the key elements are still the same. Less formal weddings give the couple the chance to create their own wording for the wedding invitations that express their style and personality. Your wedding day is a special day, and you can set the tone for your wedding through the wording on your wedding invitations. Be creative and make it yours!

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