Weddings are wonderfully personal so it’s only right that your wedding invitations reflect who you are as a couple. All our invitations templates feature sample wording which you are welcome to use, amend or ignore completely so we’ve compiled some tips to help you find the right words for your wedding invites.
Depending on how formal you want your wedding to be, there are a few options to get your invitations off to the best start. You’ll need to think about whether you want your invites to be in the first (I/We) or third (He/She/They) person and there are plenty of options available.
“Mr & Mrs Surname request the pleasure of your company…”
“Together with their families…”
“It is with great pleasure that we invite…”
“Please join us as we celebrate…”
“We’re tying the knot!...”
2. What are we celebrating?
It’s a personal choice whether you want to use marriage, wedding, or some other words to describe your special day and there’s no right or wrong answer – do what works for you as a couple!
“To celebrate the marriage of…”
“To share and celebrate their wedding day…”
“To witness the union of…”
“To celebrate as we exchange vows…”
“Help us celebrate our love...”
3. Evening only guests
You want to invite as many of your friends and family to celebrate with you as possible so it’s often necessary to have ‘evening only’ invitations. Here are some ways you can make them feel special:
“An evening reception to celebrate…”
“Join us for drinks & dancing…”
“An evening celebration following…”
“Join the party following…”
“Join us for the do after We Do!...”
4. Dress Code
Whether you’re having a formal wedding or a more laid-back affair, it’s a good idea to let your guests know the dress code – even if there isn’t one! Here are some examples you could include:
“Formal Attire or Black Tie…”
“Please dress to impress…”
“Lounge suits and cocktail dresses…”
“Smart casual but no jeans or trainers please…”
“Wear whatever but don’t forget your dancing shoes!...”
Nowadays it’s more likely you’ll want to ask for a honeymoon contribution than a teapot or toaster but there are a few ways to make what can seem like an ungrateful request more guest friendly. And although there are some cute poems out there – it doesn’t have to rhyme. Either way make sure it’s clear that gifting is appreciated but optional.
“Should you wish to give a gift, we would greatly appreciate a contribution towards our honeymoon…”
“As we’ve lived together for a year or two, we really don’t need anything new. But if you were thinking of getting us a wedding gift, some money for our honeymoon wouldn’t go amiss…”
“Your presence at our wedding is all that we wish for. However, if you want to give a gift, we will be grateful for a small donation towards our new future…”
“If you would like to give us something, we politely request no boxed gifts…”
“We already have everything we need but if you would like to get us a gift, then feel free to surprise us...”
For whatever reason, it might not be preferable or possible to accommodate all your guest’s children at your wedding but finding the right way to tell them will help deliver the message. Here are some suggestions:
“We are very sorry, but due to restrictions at our venue, we cannot accommodate children.…”
“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.…”
“With respect, we would like our special day to be an adult only occasion…”
“While we love to watch children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day.…”
“This is a day to enjoy yourself too. Leave the kids at home and help us celebrate...”