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Wedding Invitation Wording for Every Kind of Celebration

Get your friends and family excited for your nuptials.
Wedding Invitation Wording
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Updated Jan 29, 2021
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Wedding invitation wording might not be as creative of a process to think about as paper designs, calligraphy and color schemes, but when it comes down to it, even the most gorgeous wedding invitations need to be informative.

Your wedding invitations should convey the basic information about your celebration all while offering a sneak peek of your wedding aesthetic and style as a couple. They should spell out all essential wedding info—who's getting married, who's hosting, and where and when the ceremony and reception will take place. (Psst: everything else—like your registry and wedding party info—goes on your wedding website.) And while we're about to get into some classic wedding invitation wording samples, you should feel empowered to shake things up if your wedding style is more modern, relaxed or nontraditional. 

In this article:

Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette

So you've picked your stationery design (if you haven't, check out some of our favorites)—next comes figuring out how to write a wedding invitation. Of course, you'll want to include a date, time and location, but what else? There's a lot to consider when deciding on a wedding invitation format, especially considering one that includes all pertinent information your guests need to know.

We recommend including your wedding website on a separate insert so your guests can have easy access to details about your day as well as your registry (especially since including registry details on the invitation itself is not always well-received). Plus, our wedding websites allow guests to digitally RSVP, so you can keep track of who's coming in real time. 

In case that wasn't enough, there's more—The Knot Invitations allows you to match your wedding website to your invitation design. After your guests receive your wedding invitation in the mail, they can go to your wedding website and see the same colors, patterns and designs. This offers your guests a cohesive experience allowing them to appreciate your aesthetic (both digitally and physically) all while getting excited for your nuptials.

Also, feel free to deviate from traditional wedding invitation wording whenever you see fit. Wedding invites (and the titles typically used on them) are inherently gendered and exclusive. There's no need to feel pressure to use "Mr." and "Mrs." at all—it's more than OK to just use your guests' names without titles. If you'd like to go the traditional route, know that "Mx." is a gender-inclusive option you can use on your invites. Whatever you decide, make sure it feels genuine and authentic to you (it's your wedding, after all).

See below for a full list of what information you need to include in your wedding invitation wording:

  • The names of the hosts (titles optional)
  • An explicit request to attend the wedding
  • The names of the couple
  • The date and time
  • The locations (name of the venue and address)
  • Reception information (location and time)
  • Dress code
  • Wedding website information (optional to include on separate insert)

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Wedding Invitation Wording, Based on Who's Hosting 

A few basic wedding invitation wording tips: If one person's parents are hosting, it's customary to leave off that person's last name. However, if that person has a different last name than their parents, include their full name. The person's last name should also be included if their partner's parents are involved in hosting.

Wedding Invitation Wording If One Set of Parents Is Hosting

In this case, the invitation includes one person's parents' names, so you can omit that person's last name (unless they have a different last name than their parents). On the following line, write out the other person's entire name. Same sex couples or gender non-conforming folks should follow similar guidelines. The host of the celebration (read: the people footing the bill) is listed first, followed by their child's name, followed by their child's partner's name. 

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Sample 1:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their son

Jack Alexander

to

Mason Jacob Kim

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Sample 2:

Kenzie M. Smith and Jennifer L. Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Rose

to

John Michael Reyes

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Sample 1:

John and Eliza Smith

invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their son

Jack Alexander

to Mason Jacob Kim

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Sample 2:
Kenzie and Jennifer Smith

invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Rose

to John Michael Reyes

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording If Both Sets of Parents Are Hosting

The couple's parents should each be listed on separate lines, starting with the bride's or whoever's name falls alphabetically first. Since both last names are included in the greeting, there's no need to use last names for the to-be-weds—unless, again, if either of them has a different last name than their parents. In that case, list out their full name, in addition to the full names of their parents.

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Sample 1:

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith &

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Kim

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Jack Alexander

to

Mason Jacob

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Sample 2:
Kenzie M. Smith and Jennifer L. Smith

Mark Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Reyes

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Olivia Rose

and 

John Michael

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Sample 1:
John and Eliza Smith

along with Mark and Sally Kim

invite you to share and celebrate the marriage of their children

Jack Alexander

and Mason Jacob

Saturday, May 17, 2020

Sample 2:
Kenzie and Jennifer Smith

along with Mark and Sally Reyes

invite you to share and celebrate the marriage of their children

Olivia Rose

and John Michael

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

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Wedding Invitation Wording If the Couple Is Hosting

If you're paying for the wedding yourselves, the invite wording will look slightly different. Essentially, the greeting will skip the host line and begin with the request line—here's an example.

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Jack Alexander Smith

to Mason Jacob Kim

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Jack Alexander Smith &

Mason Jacob Kim

invite you to share in their joy at their wedding

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording If Everyone Is Hosting

If multiple parties are chipping in for the wedding, the invitation begins with the bride's name, followed by the groom's name, and finally the parents' names, starting with the bride's parents. Or go ahead and list the couple's names in alphabetical order, followed by their parents' names in corresponding order.

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Sample 1:
Mr. Jack Alexander Smith

and

Mr. Mason Jacob Kim

together with their parents

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith &

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Kim

request the honor of your presence

at their wedding

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Sample 2:

Olivia Rose Smith

and

John Michael Reyes

together with their parents

Kenzie M. Smith and Jennifer L. Smith

and Mark Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Reyes

request the honor of your presence

at their wedding

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

at half past four in the afternoon

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

Jack Alexander Smith &

Mason Jacob Kim

together with their parents

invite you to their wedding

Saturday, May 17, 2020

at 4:30 in the afternoon

Wedding Invitation Wording to Include a Deceased Parent

You can absolutely switch up your wedding invitation wording to include the name of a deceased loved. One tactful and meaningful way to do this is to change the format slightly to accommodate the word "late" in front of your family member's name. (Beyond the invitation wording, you have plenty of ways to honor a deceased parent during your ceremony and reception.) 

Together with their families, 

Mr. Jack Alexander Smith, 

son of John Smith and the late Eliza Smith,

and Mason Jacob Kim, 

son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Kim,

request the honor of your presence at their marriage

Saturday, the seventeenth of May

two thousand and twenty

At six o'clock in the evening

Plaza Hotel

New York, New York

Reception to follow

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THE MULLERS

Wedding Invitation Wording if Another Family Member is Hosting

We understand that every family situation is different. If you were raised by someone other than your parents and they are hosting the wedding, you can absolutely print that on the invites. Here, we show an example of what that may look like, but feel free to make it authentically yours.

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording:

Bo and Patti Smith

Request the honor of your presence 

At the wedding of 

Jack Alexander

to

Mason Jacob Kim

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording:

Bo and Patti Smith

Invite you to join in the celebration of the wedding of 

Jack Alexander

to

Mason Jacob Kim

Wedding Invitation Examples & Wording Ideas

Wedding invitation wording templates are definitely helpful, but sometimes it's better to see how it looks all together. That's why we rounded up 12 different wedding invitation samples (that you can buy on The Knot right now) and wrote out their different wordings. If there's a design you like but you want to change the message, not to worry. The Knot offers free, easy customization so your stationery looks exactly how you want it to.

The Knot Invitations

The Knot Invitations Muted Floral wedding invitations, from $2 each, TheKnot.com

Together 

With their families

Kendall Robinson

and

Tatum White 

Invite you to celebrate their wedding

Aug 23, 2022

4 o' clock in the evening

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Augustana, Georgia

Reception to follow

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The Knot Invitations We Do wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Together

With their families

Kanesha

And

Jevonate 

Request your presence at their wedding

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Four o'clock

Saint Clement Church

642 W. Deming Place, Chicago, IL

Reception to follow

Floating World Gallery, 1925 N Halstead, Chicago, IL

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The Knot Invitations Abstract Watercolor wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Sloane

and

Andrew

Invite you to their

Wedding celebration

The nineteenth of August

Two thousand twenty

At 4:00 in the afternoon

Sterling Hills Ranch

9846 Harrison Road

Montecito, California

Merriment to follow

The Knot Invitations

The Knot Invitations Natural Palette wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Lana

+

Alex

Together with their families invite you to celebrate their wedding

September 26, 2020 at 6 pm

MCA Chicago | 220 East Chicago Ave

Reception to follow

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The Knot Invitations Minimal Chic wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Chloe

And

Gabriel

You are cordially invited to the wedding of

Chloe Alstead and Gabriel Nguyen

September 21, 2020 | six o'clock in the evening

Opal 38 | 2987 NW Tiburon Blvd | Boston, MA

Reception to follow ceremony

The Knot Invitations

The Knot Invitations Awash wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Mr. & Mrs. Gaving Wright 

Joyfully invite you to

The wedding of their daughter 

Fiona Wright 

To 

August Morgan

Saturday, the nineteen of June

Two thousand and twenty

At six o'clock in the evening

The Palace of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon Street

San Francisco, CA

Reception to follow

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The Knot Invitations Natural Laurel wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

With great joy

Olivia and Ethan

Cordially invite 

you to their wedding

10 | 08 | 18

At six o'clock in the evening

Green Hills Winery

1876 SE Rose Court | Dundee, Oregon

Festivities to follow

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The Knot Invitations Palm and Protea wedding invitation, from $2, TheKnot.com

We'd love nothing more

Than you by our side as we exchange vows 

Rosalie Anne

and 

Aaron Alan Triguiero

Will wed at 4 pm

August 29, 2020

Followed by dinner and dancing

At Serendipity Garden

12865 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA

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The Knot Invitations Dusted Calligraphy wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Bradford and

Mr. and Mrs. James Callihan 

Request the pleasure of your company

At the wedding celebration of their children

Heather Bradford

And

Christopher Sigler

Saturday

July Twentieth

2019

Five o'clock in the afternoon

Becker Ridge Vineyard

300 Reuben Boise Road, Dallas, Oregon

Reception to follow

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The Knot Invitations Monogram wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Mr. and Mrs. Reyes

&

Mrs. Rivera

Cordially invite you to attend

The marriage of their children

Ellia Reyes

and

Ginez Rivera

September twenty-second

Two thousand twenty-two

At 4 o'clock in the afternoon

Magnolia Hotel, Houston Texas

Dinner and dancing to follow

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The Knot Invitations Rustic Botanical wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Mr. and Mrs. John Gadson

and Dr. and Mrs. Heath Anderson 

Invite you to the marriage of their children

Brynn + Xavier

The ninth of December, two thousand and twenty-two

At five o'clock in the evening

The Danbury Lodge

1286 NW 5th Ave, Bedford, New Hampshire

Reception to follow

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The Knot Invitations Neutral Bohemian wedding invitations, from $2, TheKnot.com

Together with our families

We cordially invite you to

The marriage of

Michelle Ayers

And

Jayden Stetcher

Saturday, October 22, 2022

At 6 o'clock in the evening

The White Sparrow Barn

Quinlan, Texas

Reception to follow


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