Tips for Formal Wedding Invitation Wording

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One of most important indicators of what type of wedding you are having is your invitation wording. So when your wedding is a more formal affair, your invitation wording can help you communicate that.

The key is to spell out the date and time. Visually, you should consider more formal fonts, such as elegant scripts and serif fonts or all-cap block fonts.

Additional tips, courtesy of Emily Post:

  • Technically “honour of your presence” is used for weddings inside places of worship, while “pleasure of your company” is used for other venues.
  • For weddings not on the hour “half after” is preferred over “half past” or “four-thirty”
  • “In the afternoon”, or “in the evening” is not technically needed. But almost everyone does it, and I think it adds to the formality.
  • When spelling out the year, “and” is not needed, and the year is not capitalized.

 

When the bride’s parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie
to
Franklin Matthew
son of
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at half after four in the afternoon
Berea Lutheran Church
2200 East Oliver Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie Thomas
to
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

 

When the both sets of parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
and
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children
Ellen Marie
and
Franklin Matthew
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

 

When the couple is hosting

Ms. Ellen Marie Thomas
and
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Looking for less formal wording, or wording inspiration for destination weddings? See this post: Unique Invitation Wording Ideas for Destination Weddings. See other wording tips here.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

 

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