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Wedding Invitation Wording

Learn the basic breakdown of wedding invitation wording with this handy diagram, then check out specific wording examples below.


Whoever is hosting the wedding should be listed here. This can be the bride's parents, the groom's parents, both, or neither.

There are many different ways to word the request line. See our examples below.

The bride is listed first. If her parents are mentioned, only her first and middle name is required.

List the groom's name. If the his parents are mentioned, only his first and middle name is required.

Spell out the month, day, year, and time. If your invitation style is modern, it's ok to use numbers or shorthand.

List the name and address of your ceremony. Your reception venue and address will go on the small enclosure (also called a reception card).

If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, a reception card is not needed. Simply list "reception to follow" on this line.

See Wording Examples

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples
Where is your Ceremony?
Ceremony and Reception, Different Locations, Option 1 +

Your ceremony location and start time should always be listed on the invitation. If your reception is at a different venue, you will need to include a small enlcosure with your reception address and start time (also called a reception card).

The line "reception to follow" can optionally be added to the bottom of the invitation for stylistic purposes.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

St. Ann’s Catholic Church
124 Millvale Street
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Ceremony and Reception, Different Locations, Option 2 +

If you would rather not include a reception card, then your reception details can be listed on the main invitation. Keep in mind this can cause the invitation to become crowded, and space may be limited on certain invitation designs.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

St. Ann’s Catholic Church
124 Millvale Street
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow at six o'clock
Three Winds Yacht Club
123 Lake Road
Johnsonville, New York

Ceremony and Reception, Same Location +

If your ceremony and reception are held at the same location, you can simply add "Reception to follow" at the bottom of the invitation.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Three Winds Yacht Club
123 Lake Road
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Request Line Variations
Wording variations for the request line +

You can word the request line in a variety of ways. Below are a few etiquette friendly examples.


Typically used for weddings held at a church:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter


The following two examples can be used for any type of wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Bride's Parents Hosting
Bride's Parents Hosting +

Since the bride's last name has been mentioned, you only need to list her first and middle names.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

St. Ann’s Catholic Church
124 Millvale Street
Johnsonville, New York

Both Parents Hosting
Both Parents Hosting, Option 1 +

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
along with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henderson
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their children

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Both Parents Hosting, Option 2 +

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas

son of Mr. and Mrs. David Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Both Parents Hosting, Option 3 +

Together with their families

Isabella Leigh Smith
and
Brayden Thomas Henderson

cordially invite you
to attend their marriage

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Couple Hosting
Couple Hosting, Example 1 +

You are cordially invited to attend
the marriage of

Isabella Leigh Smith
and
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Couple Hosting, Example 2 +

You are cordially invited to attend
the marriage of

Isabella Leigh Smith
and
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Groom's Parents Hosting
Groom's Parents Hosting, Option 1 +

Mr. and Mrs. David Henderson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their son

Brayden Thomas
to
Isabella Leigh Smith

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Groom's Parents Hosting, Option 2 +

Mr. and Mrs. David Henderson
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of

Isabella Leigh Smith
to their son
Brayden Thomas

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to Follow

Divorced Parents
Divorced Parents Overview

As every family is unique, it can be totally appropriate to either list or omit stepparents. We recommend discussing the issue with your family to see what will work best for all parties.

Below are a variety of examples depending on who you decide to include.

We typically recommend using 'and' or 'along with' between the parents' names for readability. This also gives flexibility for non-traditional invitation layouts. Listing each name on its own line with no adjoining word is also an option.

Bride's Parents Divorced, Stepparents Not Mentioned +

Mrs. (or Ms.) Lynn [Current Last Name]
and Mr. John Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh Smith
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Bride's Parents Divorced, Both Remarried, Both Stepparents Mentioned, Option 1 +

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones
along with Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Bride's Parents Divorced, Both Remarried, Both Stepparents Mentioned, Option 2 +

Mr. Robert Jones and Mrs. Lynn Jones
along with Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Bride's Parents Divorced, Both Remarried, Both Stepparents Mentioned, Option 3 +

The simple and all-inclusive approach.

Together with their families

Isabella Leigh Smith
and
Brayden Thomas Henderson

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Bride's Mother Remarried, Father Not Remarried, Stepparents Mentioned +

Mr. and Mrs. Jean [New Last Name]
along with Mr. John Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow

Bride's Father Remarried, Mother Not Remarried, Stepparents Mentioned +

Mr. and Mrs. Jean [Current Last Name]
along with Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
cordially invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter

Isabella Leigh
to
Brayden Thomas Henderson

September nineteenth
two thousand sixteen
half past four o’clock

Fawn Park Gazebo
Briar Ridge Boulevard
Johnsonville, New York

Reception to follow


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