Wedding Blog #3: How do I Write my Wedding Invitation?

Yay! So you've picked out your wedding invitation design (a custom-illustrated artwork from Ohnik Studio, perhaps?), chosen your fonts, but now... what do you write on your wedding invitation?

The good news is... you can write whatever you want! It's your wedding, after all. :)

Since your wedding invitation is the first item your guests will receive regarding your wedding, it really sets the tone! For instance, if you and your other half are funny and playful, what not be more whimsical and/or casual with your invitation design and wording, too? 

Wedding Invitation Sample

A. Checklist for (typical) information to include on your invitation:

1. Name of bride & groom 

2. Day(s) of the week & date(s) of the wedding

3. Address(es) of ceremony and reception venue(s)

4. Whether a drink/meal/dancing will be included

5. Method of RSVP; RSVP deadline

6. Wedding website (optional)

B. Opening Phrase

1. Formal, parents are hosting/paying for the wedding:

Mr. & Mrs. Clive Lee 
and Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Reddy
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their children
Ashley Lee & Lincoln Reddy

2. Formal, parents are hosting/paying for the wedding, with a late parent:

Mr. & Mrs. Clive Lee and
Mr. Oliver Reddy & the late Mrs. Pam Reddy
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children
Ashley Lee & Lincoln Reddy

3. Formal, bride & groom are hosting/paying for the wedding:

Ashley Lee & Lincoln Reddy
request the honour of your company at the celebration of their union

4. Casual, with families:

Together with their families
Ashley Lee & Lincoln Reddy
request the pleasure of your company
at their Wedding

5. Contemporary:

Ashley Lee & Lincoln Reddy
are Getting Married!
You are cordially invited
to celebrate their marriage
Want more samples? Meg Keene from A Practical Wedding offers 15 Wedding Invitation Wording Samples: From Traditional to Fun
Wedding Invitation Sample
C. RSVP Checklist:
Checklist for (typical) information to include on your RSVP card/website:
1. Names of Guests
(*Tip #1: Ask for First AND Last Name for everyone in the guest party, especially if you plan on using this information electronically later, e.g. to be put into a spreadsheet for a guest list, seating plan etc)
(*Tip #2: Use Google Form (fast, easy & FREE!) to create a fillable form for your guests to RSVP on your wedding website. Best part: it'll automatically put the responses into a spreadsheet! Hello, instant guest list!) 
2. Accept or Decline (to ceremony and/or reception)
3. Food allergy/preference, especially if you're serving a plated meal
4. RSVP deadline (if you have a RSVP card, and didn't include this on your invitation)
D. RSVP Wording
1. Formal: 
M. __________________________
____ Accepts with Pleasure
____ Declines with Regrets
2. Formal with number of guests:
M. __________________________
Number Attending ____________
Please Indicate Your Selection:
_____ Seasonal Fish
_____ Chicken
_____ Vegetarian
3. Contemporary (& most Google Form automatic guest list friendly!):
First Name: __________________
Last Name: __________________
Will you be coming to our wedding?
___ Excited to Celebrate with You!
___ Sad to Miss All Fun
How Many people will be coming (including yourself)?
__ 0
__ 1
__ 2
__ 3
__ 4
Other: ________
Names of other attendees
(Please type in first and last name of everyone in your party):
4. Casual/Funny:
First Name: __________________
Last Name: __________________
Will you be coming to our wedding?
___ Wouldn't Miss it for the World (Yes)
___ The World is not Enough (No)
Best of luck with writing your invitation! :)
Stay tuned for our Wedding Blog #4: How do I Address my Wedding Invitation Envelopes?
Don't forget to check out samples and testimonials of our custom-illustrated wedding invitations and save-the-dates

 

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