Wedding Invitation Wording

Photo by Kimi Weart

You may think that the wording for your wedding stationery will be absolutely straightforward and that it will be the least of your worries in wedding planning. And it might be! But there is a surprising amount that is conveyed in this little piece of paper, as it is the first time your wedding becomes really truly absolutely real, for everyone. 

Will your wedding be formal? Informal? Fun? Elegant? All of these things can be conveyed with just a few simple words. But don't worry—we are here to help you out.

Hint: Go over your wording carefully with all members of the family, twice, three times if necessary. The wording can be a very sensitive thing. Your partner and parents and parents-in-law might drive you crazy over it, but remember that their own emotions are running high. Marriage is change, for everyone. And the last thing you want is to have your stationery all set, printed, and ready to go, and then discover that someone thinks something isn't right—and yes, this has happened. 

A couple of general tips:

-The most important thing is to keep your wording simple and straightforward (though with a smidge of fun if you are so inclined). You don't want your guests to get confused by too much text, and you don't want your design to look crowded. 

-If you have international guests take into consideration that they numerically put their dates as Day, Month, Year. For example if you are getting married 12/1/2016 (December first for the Americans), it would be 1/12/2016 overseas!

-It's absolutely fine to add a wedding website to your invitation, unless you are planning a formal wedding. If slightly less than formal you can put the website at the bottom of your invitation or on the back. The most elegant way to do it is on an additional insert card.

-Zip codes are unnecessary on your invitation. If your invitees are older they will need directions given to them either with an insert card or a letter. If your invitees are younger and internet-savvy then they can search the street address and city and won't need the zip code.

 

Parents of Bride Hosting: Formal

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Stark
request the honor [or honour] of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard
to
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Both Parents Hosting: Formal

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Stark
and 
Mr. & Mrs. Verity Redan
request the honor [or honour] of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Leslie Bonnard Stark
and
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at half past five in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Groom's Parents Below His Name

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Stark
request the honor [or honour] of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard
to
Alexis Petra Redan
son of Mr. & Mrs. Verity Redan
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock in the afternoon
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Parents Hosting: Less Formal

Jonathon & Rose Stark
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard
to
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday September 21st
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner & dancing to follow

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Jonathon & Rose Stark

invite you to share in the celebration
of the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard
to
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday September 21st
Two thousand sixteen
at 4:30 in the afternoon
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner & dancing to follow

 

Parents Hosting: Informal

Jonathon & Rose Stark
joyfully invite you to the wedding of
Leslie Bonnard
and
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday September 21st, 2016
at 4:30 in the afternoon
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner & dancing to follow

 

Divorced Parents: Formal

Mr. Jonathon Stark
Ms. Rose Stark
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard
to
Alexis Petra Redan
son of Mr. & Mrs. Verity Redan
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Divorced Parents Remarried

Jonathon and Patricia Stark
and Bertrand and Rose Arquette
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Leslie Bonnard Stark
to
Alexis Petra Redan
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Everyone Hosting: Formal

The honor of your presence 
is requested at the marriage of
Leslie Bonnard Stark
and
Alexis Petra Redan
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

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Together with their parents
Leslie Bonnard Stark
and
Alexis Petra Redan
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Everyone Hosting: Less Formal

Together with their families
Leslie Stark
and
Alexis Redan
invite you their wedding
Saturday May 16, 2016
at 6 o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner & dancing to follow

 

Bride & Groom Hosting: Formal

Leslie Bonnard Stark
and
Alexis Petra Redan
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday the sixteenth of May
Two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Reception to follow

 

Bride & Groom Hosting: Less Formal

Leslie Stark
and
Alexis Redan
joyfully invite you
to the celebration of their marriage
Saturday September 25, 2016
at 6 o'clock in the evening
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner & dancing to follow

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With great joy
Leslie Bonnard Stark
and
Alexis Petra Redan
invite you to their wedding
Saturday September 21st
Two thousand sixteen
at 4:30 in the afternoon
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Dinner, dancing & merriment to follow

-----

Leslie Stark
and
Alexis Redan
invite you to the celebration
of their marriage
Saturday September 21st
Two thousand sixteen
at 4:30 in the afternoon
The Swann Club
421 Park Avenue
New York, New York 

Food, fun & festivities to follow

 

Downright Fun

Emily Stark
and
Peter Redan

are gettin' hitched!

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Emily Stark
and
Peter Redan

are tying the knot!

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Emily Stark
and
Peter Redan
invite you to join them

as they celebrate the beginning of their adventure together

----

Emily "It'll be a cold day in hell" Stark
and
Peter "Not in a million years" Redan
invite you to join them at their wedding

 


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