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Invitation Wording

Anatomy of an Invitation

The wording on your invitation should correspond with the formality and style of your wedding. From formal to casual, the wording should reflect the formality and tone you’d like to set. Every wedding invitation should include these elements: host{s}, couple getting married, time, date and location. Be inspired! Choose wording that complements your situation, style and spirit of your wedding.


Check with your officiant for style specifics but traditionally—​if a couple marries in a house of worship, the request line wording reads “request the honor”

Words, dates and numbers are typically spelled out, and the only abbreviations are Mr. and Mrs.

Punctuation is typically found only in the time, date or in the location.

If the bride’s parents are hosting and the daughter shares their last name, it can be omitted from the invitation.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson {inviting hosts}
request the honour of your presence {request line}
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn {bride}
Mr. John Michael Smith {groom}
Saturday, the twenty-third of July {date}
two thousand fourteen {year}
at five o’clock {time}
Grace Fellowship Church {location}
Osceola, Wisconsin {city & state}

Every family dynamic and host situation is unique.
Find and choose the scenario that best matches your situation from the list below.

Bride’s Parents
Parents of the Groom
Including Groom’s Parents
Bride and Groom
Both Sets of Parents
Both Sets of Parents + Bride & Groom
Divorced Parents of Bride
Divorced and Stepparent
Both sets Divorced, Bride and Groom
Bride’s Mother and Groom’s Parents {divorced, both remarried}
Bride’s Parents divorced, both remarried
Bride's Widowed Father
Bride & Groom: Widowed Mother, Groom’s parents included
Double Wedding

Military Titles for Invitations

Groom is an Officer
Groom is Enlisted
Father in the Military
Bride is Enlisted


Check with military branch for specifics on protocol for: attire, décor, seating, traditions & terminology. The chaplain is a good resource.

Even if retired, higher ranking officers still use their titles.

Army, Navy, Marines—​if rank is captain or higher, title appears with name.

Navy—​if rank is lieutenant second grade or higher, title appears with name.

First and Second Lieutenants—​simply use Lieutenant.

Lower ranks (Enlisted Personnel)—​title appears below their name.

Reserve officers on active duty—​United States Naval Reserve or Army of the United States should appear below their name.

Professional Titles

Bride’s Father is a Doctor
Bride is a Doctor
Both hosts have titles
Bride’s Mother is titled, father is not


If the bride {and groom} are issuing the invitation, the bride uses her title—​otherwise she does not use her title.

Examples of Titles

Professor Richard Johnson
Doctor Mary Johnson
The Honorable Mary Johnson and Mr. Richard Johnson
The Reverend Richard and Mrs. Johnson