As you can imagine, I have many customers who ask me for help when wording their wedding invitations. Most of you will have never done this before and although we’ll often have received wedding invitations how many of us really pay much attention to exactly how they are worded!?
My initial help for customers is to send ‘wording forms’ along with their booking forms to fill in.
This will give me the basic information I need in most cases to lay out the wording on their wedding invitations.

Most wedding invitations will follow one of three formats …

1. Formal & Traditional

These will generally be written from the point of view of one set of parents or both parents, as they are the one’s hosting (and often paying for) the wedding.
Traditionally the wording will go something like this …

Mr & Mrs Smith
request the pleasure of the company of
Mr & Mrs Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
at the wedding of their daughter
Elizabeth
to
Mr James Robinson
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Mr & Mrs Smith, 115 Tamworth Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
Changes can obviously be made to accommodate divorced or separated parents and if both sets of parents are hosting.
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2. Semi-Formal
Often the most popular way of wording invitations at the moment, I find more and more couples are opting for this option which essentially gives an indication that the couple are hosting but with help from both set of parents. This is often the case these days … either the parents are paying but the couple really want the invitation to come from themselves and not be overly formal, or all parties are contributing money towards the wedding and wish to be recognised on the wedding invitation.
So wording may work as below …
Along with their parents
Mark & James
request the pleasure of the company of
Mr & Mrs Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
on the occasion of their marriage
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Mark & James, 28 Coventry Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
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3. Informal
This third option is perfect if you are hosting and paying for the wedding yourselves. I’ve laid out some sample wording below, but to be honest with the informal option you can pretty much go as informal as you want … throw out the rule book and make the wording fun and light hearted if you don’t want to follow the traditional format … it is your wedding after all!
Elizabeth & James
have the pleasure of inviting
Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
to celebrate their wedding
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Elizabeth & James, 28 Coventry Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
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Hopefully this gives you an idea of how to word and lay out your wedding invitations.
Obviously other things may be added … “Carriages at midnight” to let your guests know what time to book a taxi, “Bring Your Wellies” perfect for a farm wedding .. and details about who is invited “We are sorry but due to strict numbers at our venue we are unable to accommodate any children other than immediate family.”
I’ll be covering more on how to word these bits and pieces and what to include on an information card on another blog post next week so be sure to check back.
Nikki.