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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Unique Invitation Wording Ideas for Destination Weddings

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tropical wedding invitation by Imbue You

Destination weddings are so often about sharing your special day with your closest family and friends. So why not have wedding invitation wording that reflects that? Destination invitation wording can be less formal and more personal.

So some of the more formal rules about writing out the day, time and year, and the “honor of your presence” don’t have to apply! Feel free to add quotes, sayings and personal messages to make your wedding invitation a more meaningful, heartfelt invitation to those you love.

Here are some invitation wording examples, many which were used by couples we’ve worked with over the years.

The pleasure of your company is requested
for a week in the sun
and the marriage of
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
on Wednesday, the twelfth of December
two thousand twelve
at six o’clock in the evening
Ko Samui, Thailand

 

Under the desert sky,
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
wish for the honor of your company
at their wedding ceremony
and celebration of Love
on Saturday, the 21st day of July
2012
Boulder Mountain Ranch
Boulder, Utah

 

Because you have believed in us,
Celebrated with us, Loved and encouraged us,
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
ask you to join us
in celebrating our marriage
as we begin of our adventures together
on Saturday, July 21, 2012
at 4 pm
Valley Mountain Resort
Portland, Oregon

 

Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards

Love is in the air …
we make a great pair!
You’re invited to attend
our wedding affair.
on Saturday, October 20th
2012
at 4 o’clock in the afternoon
Cedar Park Rainforest
Kuranda, Queensland
Australia

 

Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
on Saturday, August 25th
2012
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Ka’anapali Coffee House
Maui, Hawaii

Dinner and merriment to follow

 

Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
along with their families,
invite you to their barefoot celebration of love
as they are married on the beach
Saturday, June 23, 2012
5 pm
Santa Rosa Boulevard Park
Okaloosa, Florida
food, drink, and merriment to follow

 

With joyous hearts,
we invite you to share in our weekend of celebration
as best friends become husband and wife
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
on Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand twelve
at five o’clock in the evening
The Inn By the Sea
444 Main Road
Baltimore, Maryland

 

Together we laugh, we dream, we love,
and on this day, we marry

Please share in our joy as
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
exchange wedding vows
on Thursday, February 14
2013
at 6 pm
Crescent Ranch
Mt. Vernon, Washington
Dinner and dancing immediately following

 

Come Fly With Us!

Please join
Terri Jacobs
and
Jaime Richards
as we begin the trip of a lifetime
by uniting in marriage
Saturday, July 21, 2012
6 pm
Grand Sun Resort
Cancun, Mexico

Dinner, dancing and merriment to follow

Want more? Check out our Wedding Style Guide, or click here for handmade invitations with layers, enclosure booklets and folds perfect for destination weddings.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

 

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4 Ways to Honor Deceased Relatives in Your Wedding Program

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Mexican Tile Wedding Program by Imbue You

On one of the happiest days of your life, how do you remember and honor deceased parents or family members? Your wedding ceremony program can be a perfect way to do that. It’s a key memento of your wedding for guests, so it’s a wonderful place to honor those you miss on your wedding day.

A Note of Thanks

One of the most common ways couples honor deceased family and friends, is a note of remembrance in the thank you section of the wedding program. This can be as simple as a sentence like this: “Our thoughts are with those loved ones who could not be with us, but are here in spirit.” Weddings are joyous occasions and for those who want that to be the focus, a short note is respectful and appropriate.

A Ceremony Acknowledgement

You can also incorporate the remembrance of family members in your ceremony or at your reception. Ideas include candles on the alter of a church ceremony or photos of family at a special remembrance table.  In that case, feel free to mention in your wedding program that you have set up something special and where it’s located. “Candles on the the alter have been placed in loving memory of family members who are no longer with us.”

A List of Names

You may also wish to list dear family members by name and their relationship to you under a heading in your wedding program, such as “In Loving Memory” or “We Remember”. If appropriate, list members from both sides of the family. But take care not to list too many names, in order to keep the focus on this happy occasion.

A Dedicated Message

The absence of parents can be especially hard on your wedding day. A poem or quote can be a poignant way to express your feelings in a wedding program for key people you have lost. One bride we are working with is using this poem and dedicating it in memory of her father:

If flowers grow in Heaven
God, please pick a bunch for me,
place them in my Father’s arms
and tell him they’re from me.
Tell him I love him and miss him
and when he turns and smiles,
place a kiss upon his cheek
and hold him for a while.
Because remembering him is easy,
I do it everyday,
but there’s an ache within my heart
because I’m missing him today.
When everything is said and done
I will cherish this day and smile,
because I know my Daddy is here with me
as I am walking down the aisle.

As you begin to think about how you want to remember deceased family on your wedding day, you’ll want to figure out how much will be personal and how much will be more visible to guests. And it’s those things that are visible to guests that are appropriate for your wedding program.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

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How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

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As one of the first ways that guests experience your wedding, invitations are important for setting the tone guests should expect. And one of the best ways to do that is through your wording.

In other words, if you want guests to know what type of wedding you are having, it can be literally written on your invitation with your wording.

This is the fifth in a five article series: How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme.

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You
2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations
3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations
4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations
5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

Invitation Wording: Numbers vs Words

numbers vs words This is the easiest way to communicate how formal or casual your wedding is. For formal weddings, write out the date and time of your wedding. More casual weddings can use numbers instead:

Saturday, the eighth of June
Two thousand thirteen
at five o’clock in the evening

vs

Saturday, June 8, 2013
at 5 p.m.

 

Invitation Wording: Add a Quote

wedding invitation quote imbue you If you are having  a wedding with lots of personal and romantic details, you may want to share some of that feeling by adding a quote or verse to your invitation.

Quotes can tie in with your theme as well. Quotes work especially well for book or storybook weddings. Plus there are poems and novel text to work with many different types of weddings themes.

You can add quotes to your invitation itself or through a wrap or tag around your invitation for an extra special touch.

 

Invitation Wording: Fun with Your RSVP

fun RSVP wording When your wedding is fun or nontraditional, you don’t have to be stuck with the ”accepts with pleasure/declines with regret” lines on most RSVPs. You can have more fun with it.

You can even incorporate your wedding theme in the RSVP wording, with theme appropriate wording.

Just make sure that the RSVPs aren’t so clever that guests don’t know if they are saying yes or no, or so elaborate that they have to write an essay to respond.

Some fun ideas:

will celebrate
___in body

___in spirit

 

M__________

___can’t wait!

___can’t make it

 

M__________

___deal me in

___I fold

 

Invitation Wording: Dressing Up or Down

cowbody wedding attire Whether it’s “black tie optional” or “cowboy boots encouraged”, guests really do want to know what to wear.

So even though it may not be the most traditional thing to do, if you have a particular attire for your wedding in mind, let your guests know. They’ll have more fun and you’ll have more fun because everyone will feel more comfortable.

 

Invitation Wording: No Kids

kids at wedding ringbearer This issue has been coming up more and more: How do you politely tell your guests to leave their children at home? The most traditional way to do this is to include an inner and outer envelope, with the inner envelope specifically naming who is invited, or “and guest” if the invited person can bring a guest.

However, the inner/outer envelope is not being used by many couples these days. In that case, you can simply add “Adult only” to your invitations. But I prefer adding something like “Reception is an adult-only affair” to the RSVP, where it will most likely be read and understood.

To make it even clearer, some of our couples include a line “We have reserved ____ seats in your honor”, with the number written or printed in. This also keeps a stricter control of your wedding guest list, especially if you feel that some of your guests may bring uninvited guests.

For more information and step by step advice on getting your personality in your invitations, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

{Photo credits: numbers: wedding booklet invitation: Imbue You Weddingthisisnthappiness.com; invitation quote: Imbue You Wedding; RSVP via Sparkle & Hay; cowboy boots: Kate McElwee Photography via Niche White; boy in suit: Fine Handmade Clothing}

Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!

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Where should I list my reception information on my invitation?

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rustic chic metallic wedding invitation

I get this question often. There are a few ways to handle this depending on the formality of your wedding and on your budget.

You really only have to deal with this issue if your reception is in a different location than your wedding ceremony. Otherwise you don’t have to mention your reception at all or a simple “reception immediately following” will do.

On a reception card

This is the most proper place to put your reception information. It should follow the same formality of the card and be in the same style and font. So if you are writing out times on your invitation in words, do so here too.

Reception

Please join us for a reception following the ceremony.
at six o’clock
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On an events card

If you are having many events during a wedding weekend, your reception information can be listed along with them on an events card. In that case follow the layout and wording of the other events listed on your card.

 

On the invitation

If you are putting this information on your invitation, leave a space between your ceremony wording and the reception wording.

Follow the same formality of the main invitation. Whether you are using numbers or words for your dates and times, do the same for your reception information. And just like the invitation wording, the zip code is not typically listed.

Reception to follow
at six o’clock in the evening

Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On the RSVP

If there’s no room on your invitation and you don’t have budget for a reception card, there’s often room to list this information on the RSVP.

I see this as a last resort though because the RSVP is returned to you and doesn’t stay with your guests.

Reception at 6 pm
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

{Photo credit: Imbue You Wedding, read about this rustic wedding invitation color palette}

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