As a bride or groom to be, wedding planning can be overwhelming. Creating your wedding invitations or using a pre-designed template shouldn't be a daunting process. Especially when it comes to the correct wording, format, and layouts for wedding stationery. 

Below are some basic points that should be included to complete your invitation and thereafter, feel free to elaborate and make them your own. 
(You will probably find that most of these quirky or formal layouts have been incorporated into our premade designs already)

To start, wedding Invitations should include the following:
      1. The host
      2. The request 
      3. The names of the Bride and Groom
      4. The date and time
      5. The location
      6. The reception (if applicable)
To help you below is a breakdown of what each part is, why it is like that, and what it typically includes.

What to put on a wedding invitation

1. THE HOST

The first line is reserved for the host of your wedding. For more casual invitations, this may just be placed with the bride and groom's names first. 

Traditionally, the brides' parents are usually the host, though it can also be any combination of the bride's parent(s), groom's parent(s), step-parents, or the bride and groom. 

Here are some examples of host wording:

Parents Hosting Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haynes // request the pleasure of your company // at the marriage of their daughter
Divorced Parents, neither remarried Ms. Harroway (mother comes first) // Mr. Andrew Haynes // request the pleasure of your company // at the marriage of their daughter
Divorced Parents, Mother remarried Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wicks // Mr. Andrew Haynes // request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
Divorced Parents, Father remarried Ms. Harroway // Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haynes // request the pleasure of your company // at the marriage of their daughter
Both remarried Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wicks // Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haynes // request the pleasure of your company // at the marriage of their daughter
To Honour a deceased parent A deceased parent technically can't serve as a host, but a way to mention them can be: Hillary Haynes, daughter of Mr. Andrew Haynes and the late Helen Jones
Bride and Groom Hosting Bride's Name and Groom's Name (bride's name is always first)
Bride and Groom and Parents Hosting Together with our parents/ together with our families
No Designated Host To keep things short and sweet, only mention the who, what, when, and where.

 

Quick Tip 1: The word “and” between two names implies that those people are married. For unmarried hosts or guests, it is best to stack their names; with exception to the Bride and Groom’s names.

Quick Tip 2: Married couple's names should be on the same line. The names of divorced couples should be on separate lines. The exception is the Bride and Groom’s names.

2.THE REQUEST LINE: 

Usually, to ask for the honour of your guests’ company. Whatever the occasion, certain expressions are always appropriate, these include:

  • Request the honour of your presence (are reserved for a church),
  • The pleasure of your company is requested  or request the pleasure of your company,
  • Please join us as we celebrate.
  • invite you to celebrate with them/us,
  • you are invited to attend,

3.THE NAMES OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM: 

The bride's name always precedes the groom’s name, traditionally speaking. Her first and middle name are used only if the bride's parents are included in the invitation and she shares their last name. This same rule applies to the groom. Their last names are used only if the couple is hosting by themselves.

For same-sex marriage, you may choose to go in alphabetical order or choose what sounds better for you.

4.THE DATE AND THE TIME:

Stick to the basics; date, time and location should all be listed.

Everything is written out in full for formal weddings, for example:

ten o’clock in the morning
Sunday, the fourth of November
Two Thousand Twenty-Two

5.THE LOCATION: 

The city/town and state/province/county should be written out in full. Be sure to include the street address too.

6.RECEPTION: 

You do not need a reception card if the ceremony and reception are being held in the same place. At the bottom of the invitation, say “Dinner and Dancing to Follow,” “Reception to follow,” or your own wording you wish to have.

Here are some real wedding invitation wordings from Make Me Digital:

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