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Wedding Invitation Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording

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.

Anatomy of an Invitation
Wording Examples
Military Titles
Professional Titles

Anatomy

of a Wedding Invitation

Line by line, learn the basic layout and etiquette for wedding invitations.

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

General Tips

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.

Wording Examples

for Wedding Invitations

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

Parents Hosting

Bride’s Parents
Formal
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen Johnson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn
to
John Michael Smith
on Saturday, the seventh of July
two thousand fifteen
at five o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Rochester, New York
Less Formal
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen Johnson
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn
to
John Michael Smith
Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand fifteen
at five o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Rochester, New York
Groom’s Parents
Groom’s Parents Included (But Not Hosting)
Both Sets of Parents
Bride’s Parents (Divorced)
Divorced and Stepparent of Bride
Bride’s Mother and
     Groom’s Parents (Divorced and Both Remarried)
Bride’s Parents (Divorced and Both Remarried)
Bride’s Widowed Father
Double Wedding

Bride & Groom Hosting

Bride & Groom
Formal
Anna Evelyn Johnson
and
John Michael Smith
request the honor of your presence
as they unite in marriage

on Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand fifteen
at four o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Rochester, New York
Less Formal
The pleasure of your company is requested
at the marriage celebration of

Robin Johnson
and
John Smith
on Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand fifteen
at four o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Rochester, New York
Both Sets of Parents + Bride & Groom
Both Sets of Parents (Divorced) + Bride & Groom
Bride & Groom with
    Widowed Mother and Groom’s Parents Included

Military Titles

for Wedding Invitations

Check with military branch for specifics on protocol for attire, décor, seating, traditions, and terminology.
The chaplain is a good resource.
Groom is an Officer
Groom is Enlisted
Bride is Enlisted
Father in the Military
Major and Mrs. Richard Carl Johnson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn
to
Captain Paul Neil Benson
United States Army
on Saturday, the seventh of July
at six o’clock
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel
Brighton, New York

Shop Military & Service Wedding Invitations

General Tips

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

Army & Marines
If rank is captain or higher, title appears with name.

Navy
If Naval 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
Text should appear below their name.
United States Naval Reserve
Army of the United States

Professional Titles

for Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Father is a Doctor
Bride is a Doctor
Both Hosts Have Titles
Bride’s Mother Has Title, Father Does Not
Clergy

Examples of Titles

Professor Richard Johnson
Doctor Mary Johnson
The Honorable Mary Johnson (Judge)
The Reverend Richard and Mrs. Johnson (Clergy)