Contemporary and Traditional Wordings for Wedding Invitation

Wordings for wedding invitation are not easy to define if you have no experience in making the wedding invite cards. The wedding invitation should be simple, formal and polite. If the people that you are inviting are close family and friends, or people whom you feel comfortable with and have known for a long time, then it is appropriate to extend a more contemporary wedding invitation. Ensure you know your target audience, and remember that presentation matters.

The wording for the wedding invitation can be either traditional or contemporary. If you choose the contemporary style for the wedding invitation card, you can relax on such things such as the use of courtesy titles i.e. (Mr. or Mrs.) when you address the guests. The contemporary wording is okay to use when you like to invite the close relatives, family and friends. However, although this style is more casual, the invitation still needs to remain polite and have a degree of formality to it.

Wedding Invitation

If you decide to invite a larger group of people including those that you aren’t very close with to your special occasion, it’s advised that you choose the traditional wording style for your invitations. Also, don’t forget to think about how you will address your parents on your wedding invitations, if they are part of the ceremony.

A general outline of a wedding invitation is as below:

  1. Host Line. Start with the names of those issuing the invitation, whether that be the bride and grooms’ parents or the bride & groom themselves. Eg: Jane & John Doe and Rebecca & Paul Smith
  2. Request Line. This is where you phrase the invitation to your guests.  Some of the words that could be used are: “request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their children”; “would be delighted by your presence”; “invite you to join them at the wedding reception of”..
  3. Bride and Groom Lines. Bride and Groom are the stars of the invitation so their names are placed on separate lines and are usually much larger in font size than the rest of the invitation. The preposition linking them also have it’s own line (e.g. &; to;
  4. Date and Time. This part can be done in any format you desire, although traditionally the time is spelt out in words rather than in numerals, and o’clock is used rather than am or pm.
  5. Location. It’s traditional not to include street addresses of houses of worship, but this is less common lately. Use a full street address, but do not include the zip code/postal code as this is unnecessary detail on the invitation.
  6. Reception Line. Details on the reception venue and time to be provided. It is now no longer considered acceptable to invite people to the wedding ceremony only. They are to be invited to both the wedding ceremony and reception.
  7. R.S.V.P Line or Reply Card. This goes in the lower left corner of the invitation, or you can create a separate card along with an envelope so that they can post back the reply for a more traditional touch.
  8. Any Special Details. Things such as style of dress required, or any other information you want to inform guests of prior to the wedding can go at the very bottom of the invitation.