WHAT TO INCLUDE ON YOUR WEDDING INVITATION

Wording your wedding invitation can be the simplest thing for couples or it can be the most stressful. Depending on the type of wedding you’ll be having, there are specific guidelines to follow to make sure your invitation communicates all the important details clearly.

But first, let’s take a look at what’s normally included in a wedding invitation wording:

  • HOST LINE

States the person hosting the wedding, usually the bride’s parents or the groom’s parents or both. This can be generic and simply say something like, “You are cordially invited…” or similar.

  • REQUEST LINE

The request line states the intention for the invitation. It can say, “to the marriage of our son/daughter….” There are a bunch of different ways you can word this particular line as well, depending on how traditional or casual your wedding will be.

  • BRIDE’S NAME

State the Bride’s name first. If her parents have been mentioned in the Host Line, then just state the bride’s First and Middle name.

  • GROOM’S NAME

State the Groom’s name. Just state his first and middle name if his parents are already mentioned.

  • TIME & DATE

State the month, day, year and time of the wedding. If you’re going for a modern type of invitation, then it’s okay to state them in numbers or in shorthand form.

  • VENUE

State the name and address of the wedding ceremony. For the reception, this should be included at the reception card instead of the main invitation. 

  • RECEPTION LINE

In case the reception and ceremony are in the same venue, there’s no need to include a reception card. Just add the line “Reception to Follow.” 

Now that you have the bare bones of what needs to be included in your awesome wedding invitations, let’s check out how you can build them to create a traditional wedding invitation to share with friends and family.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording Sample:

ORDER OF CEREMONY

Sheila Montgomery & Bradley Jenkins
March 23, 2021 at 5:00 in the evening
The Carlyle Hotel, Upper East Side, New York, New York 

Officiant
Fr. Mark James

Gathering and Opening Rites
Gathering Music
Prelude: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
Procession: Wedding March by Andrew Grossman

Opening Prayer 

Liturgy of the Word
First Reading: Matthew 19:3-6
by James McBain

Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading: Mark 10:6-9
by Candace Malloy
Gospel: John 15:9-12
Homily
Rite of Marriage
Statement of Intentions
Asking of Consent & Exchange of Vows
Blessings and Exchanging of Rings

Concluding Rite
Final Blessing
Recessional: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn 

WEDDING PARTY

Parents of the Bride
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Montgomery

Grandparents of the Bride
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lincoln
Mrs. Jane Davis

Parents of the Groom
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Jenkins

Grandmother of the Groom
Mrs. Dory Jenkins

Maid of Honor
Emily Wyatt

Bridesmaids
Sheila Mary, Rochelle Lauri

Madison Leary

Flower Girl
Giselle Cary

Best Man
Lloyd Mauri
Groomsmen
James Marie, John Boyd
Chris Marks

Ring Bearers
Shane Barstow

Programs
Mike Louise, Alex Fernanda

Readers
Grace Diaz, Franklin Dio, Henry Malone 

Modern Wedding Invitation Wording for a Stylish Wedding 

For those celebrating a modern or casual wedding, you can drop the formal language and go for minimal wording. For a modern casual invitation or program, skip the Spencerian script or the heavy Baskervilles and go for contemporary, crisp fonts to match. 

CEREMONY

Prelude
Processional
March of the Bride
Welcome Greetings
Prayer
Statement of Intention by Couple
Statement of Support

Bible Reading – John 17:20-26
Message – Pastor Mark Malone

Exchanging of Vows
Exchanging of Rings

Unity Candle Lighting

Blessing
Pronouncement
Recessional
 

WEDDING PARTY

Sheila & Bradley
March 23, 2021 

Officiant
Pastor Mark James

Parents of the Bride
Meredith & Sam Montgomery

Parents of the Groom
Tricia & Jerry Jenkins

Maid of Honor
Emily Wyatt

Bridesmaids
Sheila Mary

Rochelle Lauri

Best Man
Lloyd Mauri

Groomsmen
James Marie

John Boyd 

Flower Girl
Sheryl Drake

Ring Bearer
Shane Barstow 

Fun  and Simple Wedding Invitation Wording for a Casual Affair 

If you’re opting for a simple and sweet even unconventional wedding design, then it’s best to match your wording as well. A sweet and simple wedding invitation wording could mean just adding the bare essentials like the event, names of the couple, when, where and that’s it! 

Sheila
Montgomery

— and —
Bradley
Jenkins

March 23, 2015
The Carlyle Hotel
Upper East Side, NY 

We’re Getting Married

Prelude
Introduction of Parents
Here Comes The Bride
Welcome Remarks
Exchanging of Vows
Exchanging of Rings
The Kiss
Bride and Groom Introduction
Last Notes
Dinner & Dancing! 

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