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Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette

There are many different ways of wording your wedding invitations depending on your circumstances. Here’s a helpful look at how to write your invitations, and the reasons behind the etiquette.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording – Bride’s Parents Hosting

 

Mr and Mrs A. Hickman

request the pleasure of

……………………………………………………………………………

at the marriage of their daughter

Nicola
to
Mr James Brendan Owen

at St Peter’s Church, Bewdley
on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 11:00 am

and afterwards at
The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley

Traditionally, invitations would have the bride’s parent’s names at the top of the invitation as this would show who was hosting the wedding (and paying for it). The invitation would also outline details of the Church or venue where the ceremony will take place, and the details of the evening reception. RSVP details would be displayed on the left hand side of the invitation with traditionally the bride’s parents contact details. Or, if you wanted to keep a close track of this yourself for planning purposes, you could include your own RSVP details instead.

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Wedding Invitation Wording – Hosting Your Own Wedding

 

Miss Nicola Jones and Mr James Hickman

request the pleasure of

……………………………………………………………………………

at their marriage
at Bridgnorth Register Office, Bridgnorth.

on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 11:00 am

and afterwards for lunch at
The Mill Hotel, Alveley.

If you are paying for your own wedding, then you will probably want to address the invitation from yourselves and not either sets of parents. This will let your guests know that you are hosting your own wedding, thus avoiding any confusion.  With both of your names on the invites, the RSVP details will naturally be your own, putting you in complete control of your big day.

Wedding Invitation Wording – Divorced Parents Hosting

 

 Mr Hickman and Mrs Hickman

request the pleasure of

……………………………………………………………………………

at the marriage of their daughter

Nicola
to
Mr James Brendan Owen

at St Peter’s Church, Bewdley

on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 1:00 pm

and afterwards at
The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley

When parents are divorced, it can make wording for your wedding invitations a little more tricky. The best way around this, if your parents are divorced and not remarried, is to list your parents separately by saying ‘Mr Hickman and Mrs Hickman request the pleasure of the company of …’, instead of saying ‘Mr and Mrs Hickman’. For instance, if your mother is remarried, you can list your parents as ‘Mr Hickman and Mrs Jones request the pleasure of the company of …’. RSVP details can be outlined on the left hand side of your invitation to keep it looking neat.

Wedding Invitation Wording – Widowed Parent Hosting

 

Mrs Jane Hickman

requests the pleasure of

……………………………………………………………………………

at the marriage of her daughter

Nicola
to
Mr James Brendan Owen

at St Peter’s Church, Bewdley

on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 1:00 pm

and afterwards at
The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley

If a widowed parent is going to host your wedding, wording your invitation can be a delicate situation. The best way to word your invite would be to have one line at the top displaying the name of the parent who is requesting the pleasure of the guests. This makes it clear to your  guests who will be hosting your wedding. If the mother of the bride is deceased then the father’s name would appear at the top, or vice versa if the father is deceased.

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Wedding Invitation Wording – Civil Partnership

 

John and Mark
would be delighted if

……………………………………………………………………………

would join them at their Civil Partnership ceremony
on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 1:00 pm
at The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley
and afterwards for a champagne reception

~

Together with their parents

John Evans and Mark Cooper

would be delighted if

……………………………………………………………………………

would join them as they pledge their commitment
to each other in a ceremony which will take place
at The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley
on Saturday 17th August 2019 at 1:00 pm

The ceremony will be followed by a
drinks reception in The Waterside Suite.

There are no rules when it comes to wording your civil partnership wedding invitations. You can make them as formal or as informal as you like, as long as you remember to add the key points like the date, time, and location of your ceremony and brief details of the evening reception. Your RSVP details can be listed on the inside left of your invitation, keeping your invitation looking neat.

Wedding Invitation Wording – Evening Reception Wording

 

Mr and Mrs A. Hickman
request the pleasure of

……………………………………………………………………………

at a reception
at The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley

on Saturday 17th August 2019
at 7:00 pm

following the marriage of their daughter

Nicola
to
Mr James Brendan Owen

Usually some guests will be invited to your evening reception only, so we recommend that you send ‘evening invitations to avoid any confusion. Make your wording clear and be specific about time and location – you wouldn’t want guests showing up at your wedding ceremony or wedding breakfast if they have been sent an invitation to attend your evening reception only. As with your day invitations, you will need to add your RSVP details to match.

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