Wording Your Invitations
Wording your wedding invitations can be tricky. Here's some advice, hints and examples to help.
To think about...
Traditionally in the UK, a wedding invite comes from the bride's parents. However, these days anything goes in terms of wording! Here's a few things to think about:
Example Wedding Invitation Wording
No Named Hosts
You are warmly invited to celebrate the marriage of
<Bride> & <Groom>
Followed by dinner, drinks and dancing at <reception venue>
Bride's Parents Hosting
<Bride’s parents> would be delighted if you could join them to celebrate the
marriage of their daughter
<Bride> to <Groom>
Wedding breakfast and evening reception to follow at <reception venue>
Both Families Hosting
Together with their families
<Bride> and <Groom>
would be delighted if <Guest(s)> could join them to celebrate their marriage
Cocktails and cannapes to follow at <reception venue>
No Named Hosts Alternative
The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of
<Bride> and <Groom>
The celebrations will continue at <reception venue>
<Bride> and <Groom> are getting married!
Roll on down to help them celebrate
Even More Informal
Beautiful Bride, handsome Groom, dinner, drinks and bad dance moves....You in or what?
<Bride> and <Groom> are tying the knot.
Example RSVP Card Wording
Accept with pleasure
Decline with regret
Can’t be bothered
Are delighted to attend
Are sad to decline
Bags packed ready to go
Sad to say I’ll be a ‘no show’
Can’t wait to boogie
Too busy to party
Will be there with bells on
Will be there but no bells
Will be there undecided on bells
Will not be there, have bell phobia
Will not be there regardless of bell controversy
Hells yeah, I’ll be there
Hells no, I cannot go
A Marriage & a Wedding are NOT the same.....
...but they're often confused on invitation wording! Here's the difference:
A marriage is...
'The formally recognised union of two people in a relationship'
A wedding is...
'A marriage ceremony, especially including the associated celebrations'
So, a marriage involves two people (any more is illegal folks!) and a wedding involves many people.
You invite people to a wedding or to celebrate a marriage.
Example Wedding Gifts Wording
Contributions Towards Honeymoon or Other Item
Your presence at our wedding is gift enough, but if you do wish to buy us something, a contribution towards our <item> would be appreciated.
Contributions Towards Honeymoon or Item Alternative
The biggest gift you can give us is your attendance at our wedding, however should you wish to give a wedding gift, we would be more than happy to receive a donation towards <item>.
Honeymoon Request Poem
If you’re thinking of giving us a gift,
to help us on our way,
a gift of cash towards our honeymoon,
would really make our day.
Then while we’re relaxing on the beach,
or by the pool so blue,
we’ll sit back and know that,
it is truly thanks to you!
Cash Request Poem
If your thoughts were on a gift,
Your presence will suffice.
But if you really feel the need,
Then the gift of Sterling would be nice.
The choice is really up to you
And we would like to say
We hope you come, enjoy yourselves
And have a lovely day.
Gift List Request
All we really want for our wedding day is for you to be there to celebrate with us, but if you’d like to give us a gift, we have a gift list at <Gift registry name> <web address>, our gift list number is <gift list number>.
Gift List Request Alternative
Your presence, not presents is all that we require, but if you would like to gift us something to start our married life together, then <name of store> vouchers would be greatly appreciated.
Gift List Request Another Alternative
The biggest gift to us is your attendance at our marriage celebrations. However if you do wish to buy a gift we do have a list at <Gift registry name> <web address>, our gift list number is <gift list number>.
Charity Donations Request
We are truly blessed and have all the possessions we could require. If you were considering giving us a wedding gift a donation to <charity name> would be very much appreciated. You can donate at <charity web address>.