Here’s What You Should Include on Your Wedding Invitation

Here’s What You Should Include on Your Wedding Invitation

Wedding invitations serve an essential purpose for the big day. They not only provide logistical information to all of your guests, but also set the tone for your wedding before even setting foot in your venue. With that being said, figuring out what to say on a wedding invite can be tricky. Take a peek at our wedding invitation wording guide for some inspiration!

Wedding Invitation Essentials

There are certain elements that should be on any wedding invitation -- no matter what kind of event you plan to throw. Here is the information that is on pretty much every wedding invite out there:

  • Location: The name and address of your wedding venue.

  • Date and Time: When the wedding will take place. If you’re hosting a civil ceremony where lateness can impact the legitimacy of the marriage, make sure you note this on the invitation.

  • RSVP Requirements: Tell your guests how they should RSVP and what date they need to RSVP by.

Wedding Invitation Bonuses

Here are some optional lines of information that you might want to consider including:

  • Dress Code: Give your guests some guidance on how they should dress for the occasion.

  • Wedding Website: Having a wedding website is a great way to condense all of the detailed information you have about the big day in one easy-to-reference location. If you have a lot of guests coming from out of town, this is essential.

  • Gift Registry: Some couples choose to have a registry card sent with their invitation to separate the two items, while others choose to simply link out to the registry on their wedding website. If you want to include this on the invite, try to word things as politely as possible.

Formal Invitation Wording Options

This kind of wording is best-suited for larger weddings and any occasion where the dress code is black tie. If you want to keep things formal and one or both sides of the family are chipping in for the wedding, it’s generally considered best practice to mention them in the host line of the invitation:

Parent one and parent two cordially invite you to the wedding of
Jon Doe and Jane Deer
Saturday, the thirteenth of April
two thousand nineteen
at half past five in the afternoon
100 Forever Lane
San Francisco, CA
Dinner and dancing to follow.

While you can mention the paying parents by name, this can get complicated if one or both sides of the family are divorced. It’s easier to write around this sticky situation using more general, but equally formal language. For example:

Together with their families
Jon Doe and Jane Deer
Invite you to celebrate their marriage
Saturday, the thirteenth of April
two thousand nineteen
at half past five in the afternoon
100 Forever Lane
San Francisco, CA
Dinner and dancing to follow.

This approach maintains the formality without overcomplicating the invite, alienating any family members, or sacrificing the warm tone you want in any wedding invitation.  

Informal Invitation Wording Options

One of the best parts about having a more relaxed wedding is that you can feel free to be more creative with your wedding invitation wording. Here are a few laid back wording examples that we love:

Jon Doe and Jane Deer
Invite you to share the festivities on their wedding day!
Saturday, April 10, 2019
At 5:30pm.
Join us at
100 Forever Lane
San Francisco, CA
Merriment to follow.

Jon Doe and Jane Deer
Would love to see you at their big day!
Saturday, April 10, 2019
At 5:30pm.
Join us at
100 Forever Lane
San Francisco, CA
Dinner, dancing, and fun to follow!

Jon Doe and Jane Deer
Are getting hitched!
Saturday, April 10, 2019
At 5:30pm.
Join us at
100 Forever Lane
San Francisco, CA
Festivities to follow!

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