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Please be sure to go over your invitation wording with all parents involved. Feelings are easily hurt when you leave out one set of parents. Feel free to copy and paste our samples below into your invitation layout or print to use as a guide.

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How to write Wedding Invitation Text

Remember to include the following:
1. An opening sentence
2. Bride' name
and
3. Groom's name
4. An action sentence
5. The wedding date
6. Year
7. Time
8. Place
9. Address to place
10. Reception to follow if at same venue as wedding

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How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by both sets of parents

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
and
Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Morgan
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Ashley Kay
and
Matthew James
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by more than two sets of parents

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Morgan
and
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Joseph Riley
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Ashley Kay
and
Matthew James
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Bride and Groom

Ashley Kay Carmel
and
Zachary Nichols Riley
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Bride’s Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday the first day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Mother Not Remarried

Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Father Not Remarried

Mr. Thomas John Wilmington
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Mother Remarried

Using Present Husband’s Name
Example 1

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cook
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 2

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cook
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 3

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cook
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Cook's daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

How to write a Wedding Invitation
Issued by the Father Remarried

Using Present Wife’s Name
Example 1

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 2

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 3

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mr. White's daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Divorced Parents

Issued by Both Parents
Mrs. Margie Sue White
Mr. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence

OR

Mrs. Margie Sue White
and
Mr. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

OR

When the groom's parents are divorced

Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
son of
Cindy Ann Levene
William David Shepardson

List groom's parents names after the groom's name with the mother first. No "and." Then list father of the groom on next line.

Issued by Mother Not Married
(using both her maiden and married names)

Mrs. Margaret Sue White
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Issued by Father Not Married
(using both her maiden and married names)

Mrs. Margaret Sue White
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Issued by Mother and Stepfather

Example 1

Mr.and Mrs. Anthony Joseph Riley
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 2 (only mother invites)

Mrs. Anthony Joseph Riley
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 3

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Joseph Riley
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Goss' daughter
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Issued by Father and Stepmother

Example 1

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Example 2

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mr. White's daughter
Janice Rose
to
Travis James Moretti
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Double Weddings

When Brides are Sisters
(the older sister is mentioned first)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters
Ashley Kay
to
Patrick Kyle Oltman
and
Hannah Zoey
to
Ryan Carl Johansen
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

When Brides are not Sister
(the older bride and her family are mentioned first)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
and
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wersal
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters
Ashley Kay Carmel
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
and
Hannah Zoey Wersal
to
Ryan Donald Zebro
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Issued by Groom’s Parents

Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Morgan
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Ashley Kay Carmel
to their son
Matthew James
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at four o'clock in the afternoon
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Titles

(Reverend, Doctor, Captain, and all other professional titles are not abbreviated unless lack of space necessitates it)

Reverend and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence

Professional Titles for Both Guests

The Doctors White

(if both doctors have separate last names, list them alphabetically and use separate lines)

Dr. David Todd Prescott
Dr. Margaret White

 

Professional Title for Woman Guest

(professional titles are listed first, including cases where only the woman has the professional title)

Doctor Margaret White and Mr. Thomas John Wilmington

 

Courtesy Titles

Abbreviations for Mr., Mrs., Ms., and Dr., are used as proper titles. Always write out titles for clergy, judges and military officers.

Nuptial Mass

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Military Weddings
Ensign and higher
(title is placed below name, preceding the branch of service)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
Ensign, United States Navy
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Petty Officers and Seamen
(title not indicated, branch of service placed below name)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
United States Navy
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Officers Above the Rank of Lieutenant
(title precedes name, branch of service placed below name)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Captain Zachary Nichols Riley
United States Army
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Junior Officers
(title is placed below name, preceding the branch of service)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
First Lieutenant, United States Army
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Rank below Sergeant
(title not indicated, branch of service placed below name)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Wilmington
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Kay
to
Zachary Nichols Riley
United States Army
on Saturday, the fourth day of June
two thousand eleven
at a five o'clock Nuptial Mass
St. Mary's Church
League City, Texas

Modern informal Wedding Invitation wording ideas

Together with their families
Lauren Byers and Shawn Kolomos
invite you to attend
their marriage
on
Saturday, May 14, 2016
at three o'clock
The Hopewell School

Richmond, Virginia
Reception on the grounds will follow the ceremony

***

Erin Lynn Morgan
and
Lewis John Collins
joyfully invite you to share
in their happiness
as they unite in marriage
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio

Reception following

***

Payton Jordan Reed
and
James David Stein
joyfully invite you to share
in their happiness
as they unite in marriage
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock
Fox's Run
Lander, Wyoming
Reception to follow

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Please celebrate with us
the freshness of new life
and new love as we
Sophia Lynn Logarzo
and
Sylar John Byers
exchange wedding vows
Friday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception immediately following

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This day we begin
the adventure of a lifetime . . .
Please join us as we
Erica Marie Carmel
to
Harrison James Gastios
are united in marriage
at an outdoor ceremony
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock
Fox's Run
Lander, Wyoming

Reception to follow

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Lauren, Kelley, and Stephen
invite you to celebrate
the marriage of their parents
Alexandria Sophie Sage
and
David Anthony Weiss
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock
Fox's Run
Lander, Wyoming

Reception to follow

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You're invited
to the marriage of
Alexandria Katherine Weiss
and
Anthony David Levene
We hope you will join us
and celebrate our union
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception immediately following

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Please share in our joy
at the marriage of our daughter
Erin Lynn Morgan
to
Lewis John Collins
May 14, 2016
at six o'clock
Lake Champlain Yacht Club
Shelburne, Vermont
Dinner and dancing to follow

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Andrea Marie Weiss
and
Anthony David Levene
invite you to share
the joy of their marriage
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at half after four o'clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

Dinner, dancing, and happily ever after to follow

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Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love, we
Sophia Lynn Logarzo
and
Sylar John Byers
together with our parents
invite you to share the beginning
of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception immediately following

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Payton Jordan Reed
and
James David Stein
invite you to share in their joy
when they exchange vows of commitment
and begin their new life together
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio

Reception following

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In the celebration of love,
Mr. and Mrs. William David Weiss
request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of
Miss Andrea Marie Weiss
and
Mr. Anthony David Levene
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at half after four o'clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow

***

Sophia Lynn Logarzo
and
Sylar John Byers
request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at half after four o'clock
First Congregational Church
Richmond, Virginia

Reception immediately following

***

Alexandria Katherine Weiss
and
Anthony David Levene
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their wedding
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at half after four o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio

Dinner and dancing immediately following

***

Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Shepardson
invite you to witness and celebrate the marriage of their daughter
Kristen Ann
to
Nicholas Reardon Jamison
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio
We joyfully ask you to share
in this celebration of life

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Love was meant to share
with family and friends
we,
Erin Lynn Morgan
and
Lewis John Collins
have found love in each other
and invite you to share in our joy
as we celebrate our union
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio

Reception following

***

We have experienced love...
in our parents, families and friends
and now a new love in each other
together with our parents, we
Sophia Lynn Logarzo
and
Sylar John Byers
invite you to share with us
a celebration of love
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception immediately following

***

It is our moment to celebrate
the love that unites us
Together with our parents, we
Erin Lynn Morgan
and
Lewis John Collins
invite you to share with us
this joyous celebration of love
at our marriage
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio

Reception following

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How beautiful is the day
that is touched by love...
Together with our parents, we
Erin Lynn Morgan
and
Lewis John Collins
invite you to share with us a celebration of our love
when we exchange marriage vows
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception immediately following

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Happily we two
Andrea Marie Weiss
and
Anthony David Levene
have chosen the first day
of our new life together
as Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
You are invited to share in our joy
as we exchange marriage vows
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Reception following ceremony

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Lisa Katie Johnson
and
Jacob Tom Lucas
have chosen the first day
of their new life together
as Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
You are invited to share in their joy
as they exchange marriage vows
at four o'clock
St. Paul's Church
Massillon, Ohio

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Two lives, two hearts
joined together in friendship
united forever in love.
It is with joy that we,
Kelley Joy Herrington
and
Keith Jonathon Patterson
invite you to share
in a celebration of love
as we exchange our marriage vows
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Timothy's Church
345 West Street
Johnsville, Idaho

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In the spirit of the season
we have found the perfect reason
to gather friends and family . . .
Sophia Lynn Logarzo
and
Sylar John Byers
invite you to share with them
a celebration of love
on Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Jamestown Country Club
San Diego, California

Dinner, Dancing, and Happily Ever After to Follow

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As autumn leaves
turn their brilliant hue
two lovers will join and say I do
Kristen Ann Shepardson
and
Nicholas Reardon Jamison
will be joined together in a holy union
Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at two o'clock
Glenmoor Country Club
Canton, Ohio
We joyfully ask you to share
in this celebration of life

Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Shepardson

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A perfect shell is a gift from the sea
as beautiful and unique
as our love is meant to be
Please join us as we
Amy Michelle Jacob
and
Tom Michael Laten
join our lives in marriage
on Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock
St. John's Church
Sea Drive, Terryville, Florida

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As unique as a seashell
as deep as the sea
As eternal as the waves
our love is meant to be
It is with joy that we,
Tiffany Renee
and
Jon Thomas Williams
invite you to share
in our happiness
on Saturday, the fourteenth of May
two thousand sixteen
at four o'clock
St. John's Church
Sea Drive, Terryville, Florida

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TIPS ON WRITING THE DATE

Write out the date. The year does not have an "and" in it. This would indicate a decimal! The year should look like this, "two thousand thriteen." Note the lowercase "t" in "two." This is correct English. The day and the month is capitalized. See "Saturday" and "June."

 

TIPS ON WRITING THE TIME

You do not need to use the phrases "in the morning", "in the afternoon", or "in the evening." When indicating 30 minutes after the hour, use "half after" not "half past" or "thirty." Writing 4:30 would look like this, "at half after four o'clock."

 

TIPS FOR WRITING THE LOCATION

You should write out the state in full and do not abbreviate. If guests are local, it is not necessary to write out the city or state.

 

DETAILS AND TIPS

“The honour of your presence” is only used when the ceremony is in a house of worship (and the British spelling of “honour” - with a u - is used); otherwise, the traditional wording is “The pleasure of your company is requested...”

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Jewish weddings normally have the word "and" in place of "to" on the wedding invitation. This signifies that the bride is joined together in marriage with her groom. The couple is brought together to be married by God himself. The Jewish wedding celebrates the marriage of two families also, the names of the groom's parents are always printed on the wedding invitation also.

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Gifts are NEVER mentioned on the wedding invitation.

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If you want to include "Black Tie" on your wedding invitation, this will go in the lower right corner of the invitation card. Normally in a bit smaller font size.

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Roman Catholic weddings. If the wedding ceremony takes place during Catholic Mass, the wedding couple should alert guests by adding "Nuptial Mass" on the wedding invitation. A "Nuptial Mass" can take about one hour. Following is an example: "Mr. and Mrs. David Levene
request the honor of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass at which their daughter
Lauren Ann
and
William John Green
will be united
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony..."

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Second marriages. When both the bride and groom are re-marrying, the couple issues the wedding invitations. Therefore the parents are not mentioned. If the bride is the getting married for the first time the parents may issue the wedding invitations. "Please share in our joy
at the marriage of our daughter..."

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