Wedding Invitation Wording: bride and groom happily hugging each other

You found your forever person and figured out where and when the big day is. Now comes the challenge: Finding the perfect words to express the joy, excitement, and overall tone of your wedding day.

Even if you’re sending save the date cards, your wedding invitation is a chance to make an impression on your guests and excite them about your upcoming wedding celebration. But before you start putting too much pressure on yourself, we’re here to help.

If learning the ins-and-outs of wedding invitation etiquette rules and wording doesn’t fit into your wedding planning to-do list, use our wedding invitation wording tool for a fast and simple fix. Or if you’d like to personalize your invite even more, use this guide filled with plenty of tips for finding the right words. You’ll also find examples of different approaches to wedding invitation wording so you not only know what to say, but exactly how to say it.

What to Include in Your Wedding Invitation Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording: person writing a wedding invitation card

You don’t have to be a wordsmith to craft the perfect wedding invitation. Before you get started, think about the theme and mood that you and your partner want to convey. You want the language to be clear and informative, but you also want it to have a sense of your personality as a couple.

Once you know this, it’s easier to choose an invitation design that complements the tone and style of your upcoming nuptials. Whether you’re throwing a casual wedding in your backyard or an elegant rooftop celebration, here’s a quick rundown of what to include on your wedding invitation.

Host Line and Request Line

The host line is the first line of the invitation. It tells guests who’s hosting the event (aka who’s footing the bill). This might be the groom’s parents, the bride’s parents, both sets of parents, stepparents, the couple themselves, or the couple along with the help of family members. Traditionally, it would be the bride’s parents hosting, but these days we make our own traditions.

The request line is the second line on your invitation where you ask the invitee to attend your wedding celebration and participate in the merriment. Along with the host line, it might look something like this:

Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Mr. and Mrs. Kim together with Mr. and Mrs. Adjemian

request the honor of your presence

at the wedding of their children

Together with their families, Kendrick and Kayla

invite you to join them

for their wedding day

Frank and David

joyfully welcome you to attend

the celebration of their love

The Happy Couple’s Names

If the couple’s names aren’t included alongside the parents’ names in the host line or another line, be sure to include it somewhere prominent on the invite. (It’s kind of impossible to have a wedding invitation without knowing who’s getting married!)

You can include full names (including middle names) although it’s become common to use first names only, even for a formal invitation. Traditionally, a bride’s name would be first, followed by a groom’s name, but you can feature your names in whichever order makes sense for you. Some couples opt for alphabetical order, or in whichever order they typically say their names.

Wedding Date, Time, and Location

After the host line, request line, and couple’s name, you’ll want to include the date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony. Mention the full street address either on the invite or on your wedding website, so your guests can arrange transportation or know where to find nearby parking. Be sure to add information about the wedding reception on a separate line (including a note if it’s at a different location), even if it’s something as simple as “Reception to follow.”

Dress Code

Is your wedding celebration going to be a black-tie affair? Perhaps you prefer cocktail attire or a more casual-chic approach? Or maybe you’d like to encourage guests to wear certain colors or follow a particular theme, like a gothic wedding or Great Gatsby-inspired celebration. Whatever you decide, be sure to let guests know what to expect in terms of your wedding dress code.

RSVP Card or Link

For physical invitations, you’ll need a separate RSVP card or response card with a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope. Make it easy on yourself and create online wedding invitations that you can easily email and track in real time.

Other Details

If you have a wedding website with more details about your big day, include it on your wedding invites — on a separate card is best, or use our handy details panel for your online invitations. You can also share a line or two about what you’ll be doing, like “dinner and drinks” or “dancing and fairground rides” if you want to add some extra personality to your wedding invitation wording.

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

You now know what to include, so it’s time to get your creativity flowing and add your own flair. Here are some wedding invitation wording samples to inspire your linguistic style. Use these templates as they are and swap in your personal details, or use them as the basis for your own creation.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording

If you’re having a traditional wedding ceremony in an elegant venue or house of worship, consider more formal wording that complements the style of your special day.

For example, using a phrase like “Mr. and Mrs. John Sanchez request the honor of your presence” in the host line and including the couple’s first and last names are about as traditional as it gets. That said, feel free to change things up and put your own spin on what a “formal wedding invitation” means to both of you.

Traditional Example #1: Emily and Connor

Wedding Invitation Wording: Scripted Invitation

Design: Jessica Williams

This “Scripted” invitation is a classic that works beautifully for a formal affair. With its lovely floral envelope liner and timeless design, you can change the script to suit your partnership and personality.

Together we invite you

to celebrate the marriage of

Emily Sutton


Connor Bennet

Friday, the seventeenth of November

Two thousand twenty-two

Seven o’clock in the evening

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Traditional Example #2: Savita and Pradhi

Wedding Invitation Wording: Exquisite Peacock Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This richly colored, majestic-looking “Exquisite Peacock” design features traditional wording that befits a more formal wedding. While there is no dress code indicated on the invitation, you can personalize this card or any card to include those details if you want. The language and style of this wedding invitation suite do an excellent job of setting the tone for a more formal affair.

Divya & Abhisoka Rahaman

together with Vyshali & Madesh Katwaroo

joyfully request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Savita and Pradhi

Saturday 18 September

two-thousand twenty-two

beginning at half-past six in the evening

The Hotel Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Traditional Example #3: Kristie and Stephen

Wedding Invitation Wording: Botanical Ampersand Invitation

Design: Phrosne Ras

We love this “Botanical Ampersand” wedding invitation for its bold design and heartfelt language. Sophisticated yet versatile, it’s a modern approach to formality.

Kristie and Stephen

with their families

joyfully invite you to their

wedding celebration

Valley Vineyard Inn

Napa Valley



September seventh

Twenty nineteen at

4:30 p.m.

Reception will follow

Formal attire requested

Fun and Playful Wedding Invitation Wording

Whether you’re hosting a rustic wedding in a refurbished barn, a boho-chic beachside celebration, or a woodsy wedding in a glamping-style wedding venue, your wedding stationery and informal wedding language help set the scene.

Playful Example #1: Meadow and Jackson

Delicate Branches Invitation

Design: Owl and Toad

For a winter wedding, consider a fitting color scheme and motif, such as evergreen branches, like those on this “Delicate Branches” invitation. The language here is simple but you can always add your own twist with wording like “Our new adventure is about to begin!”

Kindly join us

for the wedding of

Meadow Wilson


Jackson Alder

Saturday, December 5th, 2021

5:30 in the evening

Hilltop Mountain Resort

Denver, CO

Playful Example #2: Ann and Thomas

Crater Lake Invitation

Design: National Park Foundation

With its hand-drawn illustrations of the moon, stars, and majestic landscape, the “Crater Lake” invitation is both an homage to the great outdoors and a nod to the love that nature can inspire. This couple chose a fun message for their wording, which lets their happy attitude shine.

Ann & Thomas

are tying the knot!

You are happily invited to

join us in celebration of their marriage

Saturday the twelfth of September 2020

4 o’clock in the afternoon

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake National Park

565 Rim Dr. Klamath Falls, Oregon

Dinner & dancing to follow

Playful Example #3: Josephine and Tamara

Open Bar Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Have fun with your phrasing thanks to the simplicity of this “Open Bar” wedding invitation. The minimal yet vibrant design lends itself to light and contemporary wording. It’s perfect for a couple that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

Josephine and Tamara

are getting hitched *


* we’re having a party with an open bar


april twenty-eighth, two thousand twenty at six in the evening

engine house twentyfive | pittsburgh, pennsylvania

kindly respond by march 4

Out-of-the-Box Wedding Invitation Wording

If you and your partner are a bit unconventional, the words you choose — or don’t choose — for your wedding invitation can keep that fresh perspective alive. Take a look at these wedding invitation wording samples for a bit of out-of-the-box inspiration.

Unconventional Example #1: Clara and Maddie

Love and Light Invitation

Design: Maria Hilas Louie Design

With its beautifully prismatic sheen, modern typography, and simple yet sophisticated design, this “Love and Light” wedding invitation is a blank canvas for your message. Choose whichever phrasing you like, but we love that this couple didn’t even use the word “wedding,” creating a voice and style all their own.

Clara and Maddie

invite you to join their

celebration of love and friendship

August 25, 2020

at 6:00 in the evening

Terra Gallery & Events, San Francisco

Dinner and dancing to follow

Unconventional Example #2: Bailey and Craig

Mt. Rainier Invitation

Design: National Park Foundation

This “Mt. Rainier” invitation is perfect for the nature-loving duo planning a green wedding. The bronze, handwritten typeface with the “Meet us in the woods” greeting is simply stunning.

Meet us in the woods

Together with their families

Bailey and Craig

request the pleasure of

your company at their

wedding celebration

August twentieth

Two thousand twenty

Five in the evening

Mt. Rainier National Park

Reception to follow

Unconventional Example #3: Janna and Imani

Let's Do This Invitation

Design: Noonday Design

We’re all about crafting the wedding invitation wording that suits you, and sometimes that means less is more. If the two of you want to keep things simple, this unconventional take on a wedding invite is a great idea. Match your pared-down wording to the “Let’s Do This” invitation for a modern and confident feeling — with space on the reverse for you to add your own quirky poem, love story, or notes. 

Let’s do this




Janna & Imani

The Rudrick Gallery

Seattle, Washington

Six thirty in the evening

Find the Words, Send the Invites, Celebrate Your Love

Once you know what to feature on your wedding invites, figuring out the wording feels much easier. Use this guide to help you plan and perfect your wedding invitation wording, whatever your style.

Greenvelope’s easy online invitations allow you to fully customize the experience and track everything from address validations and RSVPs to what your wedding guests want to eat, and much more. With collections ranging from traditional and elegant to modern and fun, you can customize the perfect wedding invitation that expresses you and your partner’s personal style.