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Wedding Invitation Wording – An easy how to guide

 

Picking or designing your perfect wedding invitation is only half the battle. Now you have chosen that gorgeous wedding invite it’s time to choose the wording to go on it. The key here is to be informative. Your invite should include these four key points:

 

·        Who is getting married and when?

·        Where is the ceremony and at what time does it begin?

·        Where is your reception being held?

·        How will your guests RSVP?

 

Here are a few examples of how you could word your invitation.

 

Traditional

Traditionally the invitation will be extended from the parents of the bride and will read something like:


Mr. & Mrs. Michael Richards [Name of Brides parents]

request the pleasure of the company of `Guest Name` [If including Guest Name, otherwise]  request the pleasure of your company

to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Susan [First Name of Bride only – you can also add the brides middle name(s)]

to

Mr Ryan Ashburn [Grooms full name]

on Saturday the thirteenth June 2015 [Date]

at one o’clock in the afternoon [Time of Ceremony]

St Catherine’s Dominican Chapel, Newry [Ceremony Location]

Followed by a reception  

Canal Court Hotel, Newry [Reception Venue]


 

Together with their parents

In the unfortunate case of one of the Bride’s parents being deceased or no longer together, a together with their parents invitation from the Bride and Groom may be more appropriate. This is also a nice idea if you wish to include both sets of parents:


Miss Susan Richards & Mr Ryan Ashburn

together with their parents

tequest the pleasure of your company

to celebrate their marriage


 

The not so formal approach


Susan Richards & Ryan Ashburn

are tying the knot

Come and celebrate with us

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 1.30pm

St Catherine’s Dominican Chapel, Newry

Drinks and Reception to follow

Canal Court Hotel, Newry


 

With a poem

 

A poem is a lovely touch to any invitation and can be a good way to ask for money if for example you have been living together for some time and do not require the traditional household wedding gifts. This will not be to everyone’s taste but there are loads of Wedding Poems out there, I will cover some of these in a later article. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

 

An example of a poem which politely hints for money as pictured above:


At our wedding we would like your presence,

Rather than your expensive presents.

Regarding things for our home,

Everything we need we already own.

If giving a gift is what you really want to do,

There are options open to you.

Vouchers or money would be great,

Or something of your own choosing we would appreciate.

But most of all we request,

That you have a fabulous time as our guest.


You can then simply add your wedding information below the poem to make your very own invitation.

 

 

What about the wording for an evening invitation?

 

The wording you choose for your day invitation can easily be updated to request the presence of your evening guests.

 

An example of a traditional evening wording invitation would be:


Mr. & Mrs. Michael Richards (Name of Brides parents)

request the pleasure of the company of `Guest Name` (If including Guest Name, otherwise)  request the pleasure of your company

at an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Susan [First Name of Bride only – you can also add the brides middle name(s)]

to

Mr Ryan Ashburn [Grooms full name]

On Saturday the thirteenth June 2015 [Date]

At eight o’clock in the afternoon [Time of Evening Reception – Ask your venue what time they expect the meal to be cleared up at to give you an idea of the time (Usually around 7 or 8pm)]

Canal Court Hotel, Newry [Reception Venue]


 

The RSVP

We will assume that in each of the above examples an RSVP card has been included separately with the invitation therefore this information is not required on the invite itself.

Your RSVP should include:

·        A return date [Essential for confirming meal numbers with your venue]

·        Details on how to respond [This could be a return address, email, phone number or even a Facebook Page.]

·        Please advise of any special dietary requirements [Optional]

 

If you plan on not including an RSVP with the invitation, a simple line containing the 'RSVP by date' and details on how to respond can be added to the invite wording.

Example - Please RSVP no later than June 1st to 1 Hilltown Rd, BT45 1TT

 

Once you have written your wording be sure to get it proof read by a least one other person before submitting it for print on your invitation, as the wording you provide will be exactly what is printed. This also applies to your guest list, names will be printed exactly as they appear.

If you have any questions regarding the wording of your wedding invitation please feel free to contact me directly, I would be delighted to help.

Chris Cranney

Owner CM Wedding Invitations

​Email: chris@cmweddinginvitations.com

Phone: 02895 818890