A bride and groom look lovingly at each other on their wedding day

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 vibe of your wedding day.

Unless you’re planning on sending save the date cards, your wedding invitation is the first impression you’ll be making about your upcoming wedding celebration, so you want it to be just right.

But before you start putting too much pressure on yourself, we’re here to help. If learning the ins-and-outs of wedding wording doesn’t fit on your pre-nuptial to-do list, you can use our wedding invitation wording tool to plug in your information and get the words you need. Or, use this guide where we’ll show you how to write a wedding invite. Then, we’ll provide 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 Wedding Invitation Wording

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.

With this in mind, it’ll be easier to choose an invitation design¬†that complements the tone and style of your upcoming nuptials. Whether you’re throwing a backyard BBQ-style soiree or an elegant rooftop celebration, here‚Äôs a quick rundown of the basic information to include on a 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, the couple themselves, or the couple along with the help of family members.

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

—-

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

request the honor of your presence

—-

Together with their families, Kendrick and Kayla

invite you to join them

—-

Frank and David

joyfully welcome you to attend

The Happy Couple’s Names

If the couple’s names¬†aren’t included 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¬†although it’s become common to use first names only, even for a formal invitation.

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. Be sure to add information about the wedding reception¬†on a separate line, 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 the Great Gatsby. Whatever you decide, be sure to let guests know what to expect in terms of dress code.

RSVP Card or Link

For physical invitations, you’ll need a separate RSVP 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.

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.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording

If you’re having a traditional wedding ceremony¬†in a fancy 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 Smith¬†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 “formal” means to both of you.

Emily and Connor

A white invitation with elaborate script and formal wedding invitation wording

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

and

Connor Bennet

Friday, the seventeenth of November

Two thousand twenty-two

Seven o’clock in the evening

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Savita and Pradhi

A blue, Indian wedding invitation with peacock-inspired mandalas and formal wedding invitation wording

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 it if you want. And the language and style of this wedding invite¬†do an excellent job of setting the tone for this 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

Kristie and Stephen

A wedding invitation with a floral ampersand and modern wedding invitation wording

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

California

on

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 invitation design¬†and language help set the scene.

Meadow and Jackson

A red, winter-themed invitation with informal wedding invitation wording

Design: Owl and Toad

Having a winter wedding? Consider a color scheme and motif, such as evergreen branches, like those on this “Delicate Branches” invitation. Here, the couple kept the language 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

and

Jackson Alder

Saturday, December 5th, 2021

5:30 in the evening

Hilltop Mountain Resort

Denver, CO

Ann and Thomas

A Crater Lake-themed invitation with informal wedding invitation wording

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

Outside the Box Wedding Invitation Wording

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

Clara and William

A minimalist wedding invitation with modern typography and wedding invitation wording

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 William

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

Bailey and Craig

A woodsy invitation with playful wedding invitation wording

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

Find the Words, Send the Invites, Celebrate Your Love

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.