Catholic wedding invitation

For many couples, having a Catholic church wedding and saying “I do” before God and loved ones is a sacred experience that highlights the importance of faith.

Before you get to the altar, you’ll want to select a Catholic wedding invitation that sets the tone for your big day. With that goal in mind, we’re sharing ideas on how to craft your wedding invitation message — including Bible verses. We’ll also share some of our favorite Catholic wedding invitation designs that you can begin customizing as soon as you’re ready.

Catholic Wedding Invitation Checklist

Catholic wedding invitation: cross, chalice, and a crucifix

With such an important task at hand, it can be easy to forget important details. As you begin crafting your wedding invite message, use this quick checklist to ensure you have all the essentials first. 

✅ The bride and groom’s names with titles as necessary. It’s proper etiquette to include the names of the people hosting or paying for the wedding — whether it’s the bride’s parents, the joint parents’ names, or another benefactor.

✅ Date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony and reception. Add a reception card to the wedding stationery whether some guests are invited only to the wedding ceremony or both the wedding and reception. 

✅ Include clear RSVP information. With digital invitations, you can seamlessly track RSVPs without spending money on postage or worrying about mail delays.

✅ In some cases, you may want to include additional details, such as a link to your wedding website, parking information, nearby hotel accommodations, and driving directions. 

✅ Dress code details. Many Catholic weddings request formal attire, so be sure to outline your wedding dress code in your invitation.

✅ Keep in mind that some Catholic churches require guests to be patrons or parishioners of the church to receive the Eucharist during mass. If that’s the case for your church, let guests know in your invitation. Be sure to talk to your priest so you fully understand the rules of getting married in your Catholic church.

Catholic Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas

Catholic wedding invitation: bride and groom walking down the aisle of a church

Trying to find the right words for your wedding invites can feel like a pressure-filled task, especially when you want to express the sacredness of the moment. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a wordsmith to get your heartfelt message across. 

While a Catholic wedding ceremony is traditionally a formal event, the level of formality will ultimately depend on you, your partner, and your parish. For the most formal Catholic wedding invites, write out numbers and dates in full words and include the full names and titles of the bride, groom, and ceremony hosts.

Consider these wedding invitation wording ideas, which include formal and slightly less formal tones:

Together with their parents,
Mr. Floyd Johnson and Miss Sally Sanchez
request the honor of your presence at their sacrament of holy matrimony
on the fifteenth of January
two thousand and twenty-four
at three in the afternoon 

A full nuptial mass and wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
will be followed by a reception at the Lekuresi Castle

You’re cordially invited
to the celebration of the nuptial mass uniting
Ms. Jessica Layworth and Mr. Damien McDonahugh
on Sunday, the thirteenth of April
two thousand and twenty-four
six o’ clock in the evening

Cocktail hour and full reception will follow
Attire is black tie

The happy couple, Mr. Toma Linder and Ms. Jana Huang,
together with their families,
invite you to join in the celebration
of their blessed sacrament of marriage
at their beloved St. Theresa’s Catholic Church

Sunday, June 24th, 2024
2 o’clock in the afternoon

An outdoor reception at the Pebble Beach Resort
along the California coast will follow

Cocktail attire requested 

Mr. & Mrs. Jackson request the pleasure of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter Teresa Jackson
to Mr. Joe Barrios, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fidel Barrios
Saturday, October 26th, 2024
Five o’clock in the evening

You’re cordially invited
to witness our son Daniel and his fiance Nayana say “yes
as they commit to a lifetime of devotion to one another under God

Sunday, May 5, 2024
St. Augustine Catholic Church

Full mass followed by a reception at Idyllwild Lodge

Business casual attire

For your invitation, you may also want to include a Bible verse. These can take center stage on the card or added to the backside.

Here are a few Bible verses to consider:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. “Love is patient, love is kind.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14. “Do everything in love.”
  • Song of Solomon 3:4. “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
  • Song of Solomon 2:16. “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”

5 Catholic Wedding Invitations You’ll Love

Catholic wedding invitation: back view of a bride and a groom getting married

When you’re ready to find the perfect Catholic wedding invitation design, look no further than Greenvelope. Each invitation is customizable, allowing you to update the font, color palette, and messaging to make it a true reflection of your personalities and religious beliefs. Here are some of our favorite Catholic wedding invites for inspiration.

1. Forever Faithful Invitation

Forever Faithful Invitation

Design: Stacey Meacham Design, LLC (photo courtesy of Angela & Evan Photography)

Request the presence of your loved ones at your holy matrimony using this gorgeous photo invitation. Upload your favorite engagement photo and wow guests with the formal design and metallic accents. The invitation suite includes a save the date, wedding invitation, announcement, and thank you card for stunning coordinated stationery.

2. Modern Cross Invitation

Modern Cross Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

This stunning invitation features a gold foil cross and comes in five regal color palettes. There’s ample room to include details of your Catholic ceremony including the dress code and Bible verses.

3. Stained Glass Window Invitation

Stained Glass Window Invitation

Design: Tennie & Co.

Impress guests with colorful wedding stationery thanks to this vibrant invitation. Mimicking the look of gorgeous stained glass windows on a church, the arch text area features plenty of space for your wedding day details. Customize the template by adjusting the font and choose from four artist-curated color schemes or dream up your own custom palette to match your wedding colors.

4. Simple Church Invitation

Simple Church Invitation

Design: Tennie & Co.

This sweet invite boasts a hand-drawn church, making it ideal for couples tying the knot in a religious ceremony. There’s plenty of room on the front to lay out event details including your dress code, wedding website, and location details. The supported backside also leaves room for a Bible verse or a longer greeting for guests.

5. Gilded Floral Cross Invitation

Gilded Floral Cross Invitation

Design: Vera Lim

A metallic foil cross takes center stage, surrounded by sweet florals on this beautiful wedding invitation. Choose from four soft color palettes or brighten it up with a custom-chosen hue. The elegant and modern text elevates the design and creates a formal backdrop for your big day.

Express Your Love and Faith with Catholic Wedding Stationery

Whether you’re planning a highly formal and traditional celebration or a more contemporary and casual Catholic wedding, one thing is certain: your commitment to one another and God will be at the center of it all.

Thankfully, Greenvelope makes it easy to find beautiful faith-inspired invitation designs that speak to your soul. Customize any design you love with your event details and some of the wording ideas from this list. Recipients will be overjoyed to receive the invite and join you on your special day.

For even more ideas, use our wedding invitation wording tool to ensure you find the right words that honor your sacrament of marriage.