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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Featured above: Embossed Floral Elegance Invitations / Embossed Floral Elegance Accessory Cards

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.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

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It seems like just the other day that we were kicking off the start of summer with our summer party essentials post {see it here if you missed it the first time around}, but somehow almost three months have passed since and we are on the verge of welcoming the fall season. Whether you’re holding on to the last days of summer, kicking and screaming and refusing to let them go, or you’re ready to turn in your flip flops for knee highs and warm sweaters, there’s no denying that autumn brings with it a bounty of lovely that’s hard to resist. We’re somewhere between gutted and gleeful to be greeting the seasonal change, and we’re softening the blow by playing with some of our favorite fall comforts, all as pretty as they are delicious. Here’s our take on all you need to create your own happy harvest.

Best of the Season

Nothing says fall like a crisp juicy apple. Serve them up in style as your signature sipper, complete with an authentic drink dispenser and personalized glassware, for the ultimate seasonally inspired treat.

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fall drink ideas

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Share the Harvest

Harvest is about plenty, and plenty is meant to be shared. Send them home warm and fuzzy with a delicious homemade treat, in a ready to go format.

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fall party favors

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Gumballs

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Two weeks ago we featured some of our favorite products and party concepts guaranteed to help you celebrate in style. If you missed the post, check it out {here}. Well, we got so caught up in all the fun that we wanted to keep the party going. And what better way to do just that than to channel our inner kid with a childhood favorite, the good ol’ gumball machine. To make things even sweeter, we got to play with some minis! From candy colorful to sophisticated and chic, here are three creative ways to give a classic giveaway a refreshed and styled spin.

The Supplies

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Candy Colorful:

Whimsical Wanderlust:

Sophisticated Chic:

The Look

colorful theme gumball machine favor

wanderlust themed gumball machine

white and gold party favors

gold glitter favor tag

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glitter thank you tag, metallic gold bow (sold in an assortment of designs) and gold twine

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your Birthday In Style

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If you were ever under the impression that birthday parties should be reserved for the little ones in your life, today’s post is about to turn that notion on its head. Complete with plenty of grown up fun, after seeing the details of this setup we’re pretty sure you’ll be planning your very own sophisticated celebration for your next  B-Day. And if your big day is too far away, then we suggest applying any (or all) of these ideas into any soiree you may have up and coming…think bridal shower, engagement party, etc. Happy Styling!

Gift It All, Big and Small

Nothing says birthday like the perfect gift. Thank them for celebrating you by flipping the gift giving onto them. Whether it’s a sweet favor treat or a something a bit more substantial, this spread has you covered.

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white gumball machine party favor marble design favor tag

personalized chocolate bar party favor

personalized ladies flask

personalized tote bag

Served Up in Style

Bevies are basically a must at any ‘big girl’ bash. Serve yours up in serious style with personalized glassware displayed on sleek theme approved trays.

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Details Make All The Difference

Just like with any other event, details make all the difference. From decorative touches to chic signage, there’s no such thing as too much.

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17″ latex balloon (coming soon)

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party time coasters

xoxo.

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How To: Unique & Creative Guest Book Options

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Today’s blog is all about picking the right guest book to match your style.  There are so many options for unique guest books and wishing wells, all of which can be customized to match your wedding theme and design.

Modern Guest Book Ideas

If you are wanting to stick with the traditional guest book concept but with a modern flair, we have some great ideas! Guest Books that use modern materials such as acrylic and wood take the traditional concept to the next level. Here are a few that we love!

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Featured above: Clear Acrylic Guest Book:Modern Fairytale Etching 

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Featured above: Wooden Guest Book: Personalized Woodland Pretty

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Featured above:  White Acrylic Guestbook: Monogram Simplicity Personalized

Guest Book Alternatives

There are so many guest book alternative options to choose from. Guest book alternates allow for creative and customized options to match your wedding theme.  Here are some of our favorites!

Personalized Shadow Box

A Shadow Box is a unique alternative that you can cherish for years to come after your wedding day. Guests can leave personalized notes on wishing well cards, which can be collected in the bottom portion of the box. This new take on a shadow box allows you to capture the memories made on and before your wedding day.

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Featured above: Personalized Shadow Box: Bistro Bliss  / Clips: Miniature Hinged / Wish Scrolls: Bistro Bliss

Decorative Birdcages

Decorative Birdcages make for fun and unique wishing wells that will be sure to impress your guests. You can dress them up by painting them to match your wedding colors and adding decorative elements such as ribbon and flowers.

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Featured above: Decorative Birdcage: Classic Round / Ribbon: White

Metal Decorative Urn

This Metal Decorative Urn is another unique way to collect wishing well cards from your guests and is a perfect match to most wedding themes.

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Featured above: Urn: Metal Decorative / Well Wishing Cards: Modern Fairytale 

Mini Suitcase Wishing Well

A mini decorative suitcase is a perfect wishing well idea for the travel inspired or vintage themed wedding. It is a perfect container for notes and well wishes from your guests.

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Featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase / Wishing Well Stationery Set: Paper Airplane

Natural Wood Keepsake Box

This unique wishing well is intricately designed and can be personalized with your initials and a custom message. The custom wishing well cards designed to complement this box and will fit perfectly in the interior compartments. This makes for a great decorative keepsake for your home after your wedding day.

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Featured above: Keepsake Box: Cubist Laser Cut Natural Wood / Embossed Stationery: Cubist Laser / Decorative Tray: Rustic Wood

Decorative Glass Box

A decorative glass box is another fun and unique idea for a wishing well.  Use it as a recipe box by providing your guests with recipe cards and have them write their well wishes or “Recipes of The Heart”.

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Featured above: Decorative Box: Glass With Mirror Base / Recipe Cards: Garden Party

Whether you are looking for a modern guest book or an alternative wishing well, there are so many unique options that we know you will love!

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How To Create The Look: Industrial Chic

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Exposed beams and bricks along with textured finishes make a great starting space. By applying a modern aesthetic to an industrial setting you can reinvent any space for the ultimate industrial chic look. Just let your creativity flow; play with … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Pamper Your Mom

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There are few concepts that go together as well as Mother’s Day and a bit of pampering. And thanks to a few choice gift items from the Weddingstar lineup, we’ve managed to pull together a quick how-to, allowing you to effortlessly pull off pampering perfection for your mom. Think lavender scented bath salts, soft and relaxing candlelight, and a sweet note of thanks letting her know she deserves it all. Really it’s like setting up a mini at home spa in just minutes. And with Mother’s Day just days away, the timing for this quickie couldn’t be any better. Here’s everything you need to set the stage for some quality “me time”.

The Essentials

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The Details

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xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Garden Party

Spring is in the air! Today we are excited to share our Garden Party photoshoot that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! With spring nearing closer every day, this is a great time to start prepping for your own garden party. It is a perfect setting for an Easter tea or a spring inspired bridal party get together. From stunning floral arrangements to personalized floral inspired stationary and favors, here is some inspiration to recreate your own outdoor party.

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Loose Leaf Tea Wedding Bridal Shower Favors Vintage Inspired Creamer Set

Add some loose tea to these mini clear glass bottles with a cork, it’s the perfect favor for your guests.

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Featured above: Lights: White Lace Lanterns / Goblets: Vintage Pressed Glass / Pitcher: French Provencal Style / Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired  / Creamer Set: Vintage Inspired / Bottles: Mini Glass with Cork / Tag: Garden Party Small /  Basket: Rectangular Wire

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These personalized Garden Party Notepads and vintage boxes are favors that your girls will love!

Featured above: Notepad: Garden Party /Favor Box: Decorative Vintage / Place Card: Garden Party

Bridal Shower DIY Paper Flower Chair Decorations Wedding Bridal Shower Drink Station with Glass Beverage Dispenser
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Make the bride feel important by decorating a chair just for her. Set out a drink dispenser with infused water served in pretty glassware. Add a pop of color to your tablescapes with fresh, spring floral arrangements.

Featured above: Chair Sign: Garden Party Bride To Be / Décor Flower: Paper Peony / Beverage Dispenser: Decorative Apothecary  / Cling: Garden Party / Napkin Ring: Vintage Floral / Chalkboard: Mini Framed / Dishes: Butterfly / Bucket: Galvanized Flower Market

Vintage Inspired Rustic Frame with Seed Paper Favors

This rustic frame is a fantastic display prop that can be used to highlight photos and cards. Attach personalized natural seed paper favor cards for your guests to plant in their own garden.

Featured above: Frame: Ornate Vintage Inspired / Clothespins: Vintage Wooden / Lights: White Lace Lanterns  / Favor Card: Love Birds / Favor Card: Love Blossoms

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance

Today we are excited to share one of our Ambassador’s photoshoots that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! Alexandra McNamara of Blush and Bowties pulled together a stunning, bohemian wedding full of free-spirited, romantic details that has us all swooning. From naked cakes to caravans to one stunning couple, here’s some serious inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance
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Vagabond Romance Glamping Bride and Groom

featured above: Ceramic Bottle: Lavender Motif | Cake Topper: Porcelain Poppy Blooms | Lantern: Stainless Steel with Glass Panels

Vagabond Romance Mini Suitcase with Paper Airplane Wishing Well Stationery Vagabond Romance Bride Bohemian Jewelry Detail
Vagabond Romance Place Setting Inspiration
Vagabond Romance Drink Stationery with Copper Mugs

featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase | Paper Airplanes: Wishing Well Stationery | Stationery Holder: Vintage Inspired | Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired | Mug: Moscow Mule | Glass Beverage Dispenser: Apothecary Style | Drawer: Vintage Inspired | Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired | Glass Bottle Set: Decorative

Feather Whimsy Stationery Collection Details
Vagabond Romance Groom Boutenierre Detail Vagabond Romance Ivory Classic Birdcage Detail as Centerpiece
Vagabond Romance Couple with Vintage Caravan Trailer

featured above: Stationery: Feather Whimsy Collection | Birdcage: Classic Round Decorative Ivory | Votive Holders: Vintage Inspired

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Credits:

Event and Floral Design by Alexandra McNamara, Planner, Owner + Creative Director, Blush and Bowties / Photography by LV Imagery / Wedding Gown by Violet Crown Vintage / Cake by Custom Desserts by Michelle / Caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. / Location by Sagewood Farm / Furniture, Dinnerware and Suitcases by Style Me Vintage / Jewelry by Spark and Thistle / Hair and Makeup by Amy Harper Makeup / Models Katie Odegaard and Greg Van Niekerk

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Terrarium Place Markers

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It would be a serious understatement to say that I’m over the moon excited about today’s post. Not only is it a lovely little creative spin on a traditional place card concept, it also happens to be the first exclusive look into the amazing content gracing the pages of the new 2016 Weddingstar magazine. And when I say this is but a tiny glimpse at a mass of unique wedding ideas, all pulled together to help brides everywhere celebrate beautifully, I’m hardly doing the magazine justice. But no need to take my word for it. Take a peek at the cover reveal concluding today’s post and follow the link to get your hands on everything pretty. And in the meantime, here’s how to make these little lovelies.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: pull a small mound of faux moss off the ribbon backer. Using a small paint brush, apply mod podge (or any white all purpose glue) to the base of the bell jar and apply the moss. Leave to let dry.

Step 2: once the moss has set, using your twigs create a tunnel in the center of the mound. Apply a small dab of hot glue to the bottom and quickly insert your twigs. Hold until the glue has set and the twigs are securely in place.

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Step 3: once your place card has been written out, using the end of your paintbrush, curl the ends of the card. For an authentic scroll effect, angle your brush and do so in opposite direction on either end.

Step 4: hot glue your scroll card to the twigs.

The End Result

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Want More?

To see the complete Rustic Glam themed setup these markers were a part of, plus 100s of additional inspired wedding ideas designed to help you celebrate beautifully, pick up a copy of the 2016 Weddingstar magazine here.

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