Choosing The Right Wording For Your Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests will see of your theme and the first impression they’ll have of your big day. After you’ve chosen the perfect invitations, it’s time to get to work filling them in with the right wording. Don’t worry if you’re not a budding Shakespeare, we’ve put together a range of classic and contemporary wedding invitation wording for you to choose from.

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What should you include on your wedding invitations?

No matter their style or your degree of formality, when it comes to the right wording for your wedding invitations, be sure to include:

  • names of the bride’s parents or other hosts
  • first name and surname of the couple
  • where the ceremony is taking place
  • date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
  • location of the wedding reception
  • address to which guests should reply
  • a reply date

You might also wish to include:

  • details of any dress code or theme
  • time guests can expect the day to come to an end
  • whether children are invited

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 Who sends out the wedding invitations?

Invitations are always sent from whoever is hosting the wedding ‐ traditionally the bride’s parents. The wording becomes more complicated if parents are divorced or if the couple are holding the event themselves. The usual wording for a traditional invitation is:

Mr & Mrs James Jones
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Susan Jones to  Neil Wood
at St Mary’s Church, Milton,
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
(reception venue)
RSVP: (host’s address)

More Wording Examples

Who is hosting your wedding? Below are sample wordings for:

  • the bride’s parents
  • both sets of parents
  • you’re hosting your own wedding
  • you with both sets of parents
  • a single parent
  • a divorced parent with their spouse/bride or groom’s step parent
  • jointly hosted by divorced parents

The bride’s parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their
daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to Tim Hugh Brown
son of
Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Both sets of parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
and
Mr & Mrs Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to Tim Hugh Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

You’re hosting your own

Ms Natasha Ruth Hank
and
Mr Tim Hugh Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

You with both sets of parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
and their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
together with
Mr & Mrs Brown
and their son
Tim Hugh Brown
request the honor of your presence
at the wedding of
Natasha Ruth Hanks
and
Tim Hugh
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

A single parent

Mr Hanks
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

A divorced parent with their spouse (bride or groom’s step parent)

Jane & Tom Hanks
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of Jane Hanks’ daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
son of Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Jointly hosted by divorced parents

Mr Hanks
and
Mrs Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
son of
Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Invitations from someone other than the bride or groom’s parents

If the host of the wedding is neither the bride nor the groom’s parents but another relation, you should word the invitation omitting the word daughter/son and adding the hosts’ relationship:

  • grandparents = granddaughter/grandson
  • aunt and uncle = niece/nephew
  • godparents = goddaughter/godson
  • foster parents = foster daughter/foster son
  • brother = sister/brother
  • sister = sister/brother

Invitations for joint weddings

If, for example, two sisters are having a joint wedding, the name of the older sister and her future husband should go first.

The traditional approach

If you want to follow traditional invitation style, here are a few conventions to note:

  • Invitations are generally written in the third person.
  • The bride’s name should appear before the groom’s.
  • When listing the time, date and venue, the time and date should be written first and the venue last.
  • Use titles when appropriate.
  • ‘The honor of your presence’ or ‘The pleasure of your company is the normal choice of wording. The former is often used for invitations to religious ceremonies such as a church wedding; the latter for invitations to an event in a non‐religious venue.
  • How you break up the lines is up to you. Generally, names, times and places are placed on separate lines.
  • Wording can be adapted to accommodate different circumstances due to death, divorce and re‐marriage on the bride’s side. For example:
    • (if either parent is widowed):
      Mr James Jones / Mrs Pamela Jones, requests the pleasure…
    • (parents are divorced):
      Mr James Jones and Mrs Pamela Jones request the pleasure…
    • (parents divorced, mother remarried):
      Mr James Jones and Mrs Paula Matthews request…

 Inviting children

If children are invited, make this clear by including their names on their parents’ invitation. Parents might assume that the invitation is for them alone if their children’s names are not specified.

It can be tactful to include a short note to parents, such as: ‘Much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family’, or, ‘We are sorry we are unable to accommodate children’. If you are inviting children, let parents know if you have made special childcare arrangements: ‘We have arranged child‐minding facilities for the duration of the service and/or reception’.

Invitations to the reception or an evening party

If space is limited at your ceremony venue, you may wish to invite more guests along to the reception afterwards. You may then decide to invite even more guests for your party in the evening.

A reception invitation will ‘request the pleasure of your company’. An evening party invite can be equally formal, but can also be informal depending on the style of your wedding.

See a gorgeous range of wedding stationery  collections at Weddingstar

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Originally Written by Leanne Smith-Confetti

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Paper Garland How-To

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OK. So I think I can now officially say that I’ve got somewhat of a little obsession with paper. But not just any kind of paper. The kind that can be used to create little decorative details that instantly up the pretty factor on whatever they’re applied to. Couple that concept with scale, of the miniature kind, and I’m a happy girl! So when I was presented with the request to figure out a few ways to feature one of Weddingstar’s newest decorative trims, the mini white paper garland, I sprang to the challenge with glitter and spray paint in hand! Here are three of my favorite ways to put this petite paper trim to work.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 – The Overhang 

For Look #2 – Favor Trim 

For Look #3 – Invitation Trim 

Look #1: Center of Attention

Take the presentation of any set up, greeting, cake or favor table, to the next level by framing it with this pretty paper overhang. Be sure to hang your garlands at various heights and depths for best visual impact.

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Look #2: Glittered Gifts

Make your guest favor containers just as special as the gifts inside by trimming them with a touch of sparkly glitter.

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Look #3: Layered Goodness

Set the stage for an event packed with fabulous details by adding an extra layer of lovely to your invitation suite.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Laser Cut Look

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Today we’re bringing you part 3 of 4 from our currently running stationery series and we’re getting fancy about it! We’re getting fancy, and formal, and oh so fabulous, by taking a closer look at some of the beautifully detailed laser cut and embossed stationery options available through Weddingstar.com. Perfect for the bride and groom looking to make their wedding announcement in style, these intricate designs offer up a high-end approach to wedding stationery suites, but without a hefty price tag. Covering off everything from your Save the Date declaration to your pretty place cards, these complete collections make getting formal a breeze. Here are five of our favorite ways to pull off the look.

Collection #1: Lace Opulence

Paying homage to the vintage charm authentic lace brings to a wedding day design, this collection is the ultimate option for luxury stationery.

lace opulence design stationery collection

this collection features: lace opulence design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #2: Pearl Romance

Celebrate your love with this classic collection. A soft and romantic filigree design embodies the true romance that only a wedding celebration can bring.

pearl romance design wedding stationery

this collection features: pearl romance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #3: Floral Elegance

Continuing with our love of lace, inspired by the textile’s delicate floral details, this laser embossed collection sets the tone for an elegant affair.

floral elegance design wedding stationery

this collection features: floral elegance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #4: Woodland Pretty

The Wilderness never looked so pretty. This ultra detailed collection, with its peekaboo approach, brings with it just the right amount of casual that a woodland wedding calls for.

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this collection features: woodland pretty design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #5: High Style

This black tie worthy collection features laser cut cards with one perfectly placed crystal on each piece, adding a touch of high-class style.

high style design wedding stationery

this collection features: high style design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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xoxo.

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Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

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Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Series

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Pocket folds, backers and embellishments. Labels, menus, hand fans and tote bags. And that’s just to name a few! Stationery options are a plenty and they go far beyond the must-have invite / rsvp duo. With all the possibilities available to today’s brides, it’s no surprise so many get stumped when first sitting down to decide what’s right for them. To help lighten the load and make sense of it all, we’re starting up a new stationery series, which will run throughout the month of January on every DIY Wedding Wednesday. We’re breaking down the options, the possibilities and offering up some guidance on what’s right for who. And for our first series post we’re taking it back to basics, walking you through the how-to for low, medium and high concept stationery suites.

Concept #1: Simplified.

Keep it simple, ultra budget friendly, and still lovely by going with a flat printed design that perfectly fits your overall wedding design. No additional details necessary. Weddingstar carries a wide range of options, in a variety of thematic designs, all sold complete with envelopes. Shop all the options here.

free spirit stationery collection

featured here: free spirit design wedding invitation and rsvp (sold separately, envelopes included)

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Concept #2: Take it Up a Notch

If you’re having a semi-formal affair, consider upping the formality and presentation of your standard wedding invitation and rsvp with the addition of backer cards. Adding color, dimension and texture to your core suite, easy to incorporate backer cards instantly bring the overall look of a stationery design up a level. For an added finishing touch, tie your pieces together with a color coordinated satin ribbon.

The Components 

city style stationery suite components

The Details 

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red stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

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Concept #3: The Whole Package

If you’re going for an upgraded invitation suite,  you’ll want to consider completing the look with upgraded envelopes. For ultra formal events inner pocket fold envelopes are recommended. Inner envelopes hold your invitation and rsvp card, complete with return envelope, providing for a formal presentation of the entire suite. For your outer envelope, which will hold your completed pocket fold, consider going with an upgraded stock quality in a pearl finish option that will nicely compliment the rest of your pieces.

The Components 

monogram simplicity stationery suite components

The Details 

monogram simplicity invitation suite

monogram simplicity invitation

to attach invitation to the pocket fold envelope: using permanent adhesive tape first attach the backer to the invite and then attach the backer to the pocket fold envelope. Make sure to center both applications.

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navy blue stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

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xoxo.

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Achieve this Look: DIY Inspired Invitations

To help you add that little something extra to your wedding stationery, today I have a great (and simple!) DIY tutorial with 4 different sets of Weddingstar stationery. Designed with the novice crafter in mind by our own brilliant designer Tara, these step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make your wedding stationery one of a kind. So get ready to wow your wedding guests with our “Inspired Invitations.” Enjoy! Continue reading

Wedding Invitation Ideas for Every Theme Part 2

Summer Fun

From backyard barbecues to more formal affairs outdoors, summer weddings are truly romantic and, quite frankly, fun!

Let the fun-loving atmosphere come alive with quirky wedding invitations that really reflect the charm of the summer season.

For a rustic chic or vintage style outside party, consider our Homespun Charm invitation (left) in Sweet which features country fair banners and a whimsical pastoral scene.

Dandelion Wishes (right) in Watermelon is charmingly simplistic and features dandelion seeds blowing in the wind: a true summertime staple. Continue reading

Wedding Invitation Ideas for Every Theme Part 1

On the Beach/Destination

Destination weddings or weddings on the beach are typically informal affairs with lots of color.

Your best bet is to choose invitations that reflect the laid-back atmosphere of the beach as well as your fun personalities. Remember, your invitations set the mood for the entire event so they should complement your theme and wedding style.

Playful invitations with bright colors are great for the beach. Choose our Coral stationery (left) in Watermelon or Sea Breeze (right) which comes in a pretty aqua blue.

Tip: Check out our selection of fun beach themed wedding favors HERE. Continue reading

New Trend: Personalizing Your Wedding


Putting a personal touch on your wedding doesn’t just refer to personalized stationery anymore. Nope, now you can put your name, monogram or wedding colors on just about every aspect of your special day!

Here are my top 6 ways to personalize your wedding and really make it all your own. Continue reading

{ Inspiration } Theme: Old Hollywood Love

Chic, stylish and sophisticated — that’s the undeniable allure of Vintage Hollywood themed weddings. The colors are classic, the dress is slinky and the venue ambiance is cool and glamorous.

It was a time when women put on their furs and best pearls for a night at the cinema. The men wore suspenders, overcoats and pistols, and the mood was serious romance. Here are color, decor, cake, accessory and stationery ideas and inspiration to help you pull off this amazing wedding theme! Continue reading