Choosing the right wording for your invitation suite can be tricky, but the process doesn’t need to be stressful.
The most important thing to remember is that the wording should reflect the overall style of your special day.
Below are a few simple rules of thumb that will get you headed in the right direction.

The anatomy of an invitation.

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Rules of thumb.

Host Names

The word “and” in between two names traditionally implies that those people are married. Names of unmarried hosts or guests should be stacked.

Women who are widowed should be addressed according to their late husband’s name, with “Mrs.” as the title (i.e., Mrs. George Brown).

The phrase “request the honor of your presence” is typically reserved for a church or place of worship. You are welcome to spell it as either “honor” or “honour”. Just make sure you match it on your reply card with “favor” or “favour.”

The Details

For the wedding suite, try not to use abbreviations. Traditionally, middle names, street information, and state names are spelled out. If you do choose to list the date or any other information in a more casual manner, be consistent across all pieces of the invitation suite.

The wedding invitation is not the place to mention registry information. This information is typically communicated by word of mouth or included with bridal shower invitations. Minted’s FREE Wedding Websites provide a wonderful opportunity for couples wanting to share registry details directly with their guests.

Post Ceremony

If the wedding ceremony and reception are being hosted in the same location, there is no need for a reception card. At the bottom of the invitation, you can simply state “Reception to follow” or “Dinner and dancing to follow”.


Sample wording for wedding invitations.

Here’s a helpful guide for how to word your wedding invitations. Remember, Minted Design Associates can work with you personally to determine wording that speaks to your unique event.

Who's hosting?

Traditional | Religious
Held in a religious venue, hosted by both sets of parents

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Stevens
And Mr. and Mrs. Luke Harrison
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Melissa Allison Stevens
to
Robert Thomas Harrison
Saturday the ninth of June
two thousand and eighteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Cathedral of Christ the King
Atlanta | Georgia

ORNATE MONOGRAM by kristen smith
Traditional | Secular
Held in a secular location, by both sets of parents

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hunter
And Mr. and Mrs. George Temple
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Alexandra Marie
to
Nathan Louis
Saturday, June 9th, twenty eighteen
at six o’clock in the evening
De Young Museum
San Francisco, California

SIMPLE SPRIGS by erin deegan
Casual | Informal
Held in a casual location, hosted by both sets of parents

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hunter
And Mr. and Mrs. George Temple
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Morgan Elise
and
Michael Lavern
March 3, 2018
Adelaide Park | 234 Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California

5:30 PM

ADAGIO by moglea

Traditional | Religious
Held in a religious venue, hosted by the bride's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Stanley
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Taylor Marie
to
James Lee
Saturday, the sixteenth of June
twenty eighteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Saint Johns Church
Richmond, Virginia

MULBERRY by carly reed walker
Traditional | Secular
Held in a secular location, hosted by the bride's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Salkin
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Jessie Salkin
to
Robin Huey
the twenty-third of August
two thousand and eighteen
six in the evening
Tavern on the Green
Central Park | New York

ELEGANT FRAME by lori wemple
Casual | Informal
Held in a casual location, hosted by the bride's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daley
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sydney
to
Elliot
April 7th, 2018
Foreign Cinema
San Francisco
5:30 PM

STRIPED LOVE by carolyn maclaren

Traditional | Religious
Held in a religious venue, hosted by the groom's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Thompson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Analisa Cooper
to their son
Alex Thompson
Saturday, the ninth of July
Two thousand eighteen
At four o’clock in the afternoon
St. Ignatius Loyola Church
980 Park Avenue, New York

GRATITUDE by elly
Traditional | Secular
Held in a secular location, hosted by the groom's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Coppola
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Brooke Kennedy
to their son
Andrew Coppola
Saturday, the first of September
twenty eighteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards
Malibu, California

GILDED WILDFLOWERS by smudge design
Casual | Informal
Held in a casual location, hosted by the groom's parents

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Donnelly
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Danielle
to their son
Carter
June second, 2018
Trou Normand
140 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco
5:30 PM

SOMEONE LIKE YOU by design lotus
Traditional | Religious
Held in a religious venue, hosted by the couple

Alex Clarkson
and
Emerson Smithfield
request the honor of your presence
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the fifth of August
two thousand eighteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Mosaic Church
Austin, Texas

ORNATE WATERCOLOR FRAME
by katharine watson
Traditional | Secular
Held in a secular location, hosted by the couple

Reese Kerrigan and Hunter Campden
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, August twenty-fifth
Two thousand eighteen
seven o’clock
The Four Seasons Plaza
St. Germain Road, Chicago
dinner and dancing to follow

VALENCAY by chocomocacino
Casual | Informal
Held in a casual location, hosted by the couple

Skyler Kline + Reed Pollock
request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding celebration
Saturday, the fifth of May, twenty eighteen
six in the evening
The Ace Hotel
Palm Springs, California

BRUSH by allison cornu

Traditional | Religious
Held in a religious venue, hosted by both families and the couple

Together with Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Rodríguez
and Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson
Gabriele Nicole Rodríguez
and
Micah Benjamin Thompson
request the honor of your presence
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the twenty-sixth of May
Two thousand eighteen
at six o’clock in the evening
Saints Peter and Paul
San Francisco, California

FLOURISH by jennifer postorino
Traditional | Secular
Held in a secular location, hosted by both families and the couple

Together with
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Finley
And Mr. and Mrs. George Billerman
Kennedy Finley
and
Ezra Billerman
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage
September 8th, 2018
at five o’clock in the evening
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco
reception to follow

GRANDIOSE by jennifer postorino
Casual | Informal
Held in a casual location, hosted by both families and the couple

Together with their parents
Ainsley Madison
&
Everett Archer
joyfully invite you to join
their wedding celebration
September 28th, 2018
at five o’clock
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix, Arizona
reception to follow

FOLK FILIGREE by pandercraft

In today’s world, many couples find that traditional wording conventions don’t follow suit.
Below are our recommendations for handling some common special cases.

Divorced Parents
Formal and/or traditional weddings being held in a church and hosted by the divorced parents of the bride (include parents’ names on separate lines)

Ms. Elaine Robbins
Mr. Bradley Hunter
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Victoria Viane
to
Stanley Jameson
August twenty-first, twenty eighteen
at five o’clock in the afternoon
Lafayette Courtyard
Chicago, Illinois
reception to follow

FLOURISH by jennifer postorino
Remarried Parents
You can use a similar format when one parent has remarried

Ms. Noelle Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Cartwright
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Skylar Grace
to
Gabriel Neal
Saturday, the tenth of June
two thousand and eighteen
at five o’clock in the evening
First Church
New Vernon, New Jersey
reception to follow

GRANDIOSE by jennifer postorino

The invitation suite.

Wording for additional pieces in the wedding invitation suite varies widely. Couples should take their style, ceremony, and budget into consideration.

Here are a few examples of standard wording for popular additional pieces. Feel free to use these examples as a starting point and change, edit, or rearrange the different lines to reflect your wedding’s unique character.

RSVP Cards

You can personalize how you ask for replies, but remember to keep the wording consistent with the invitation. For example, “the favor or a reply” typically matches the invitation wording “the honor of your presence.” For less formal invitation wording, such as “request the pleasure of your,” the RSVP wording would typically be “Kindly reply by” or “Kindly respond by.”

To determine the RSVP by date, a good rule of thumb is to allow guests half the time between receiving the invitations and the date of the wedding. If you send your invitations eight weeks in advance of your wedding, set the reply by date 4 weeks from the wedding.

Minted’s Design Associates are happy to answer any questions or suggest appropriate wording.

Formal RSVP Sample Wording

The favor of a reply is requested by the twentieth day of July


accepts with pleasure
declines with regret

Conventional RSVP

Another popular approach is to offer a series of checkboxes and lines to direct the information you want.

Sample Wording

Please respond the tenth of June

Name(s)
happily accepts
regretfully declines

Sample Wording

The favor of a reply is requested by the thirty first of May

M
happily accepts
regretfully declines

Meal choices:
beef
poultry
vegetarian

Reception Cards


If the ceremony and reception are held at the same venue, it is fine to state “Reception to follow” at the bottom of the invitation. If the reception is held at a different location, it should be treated as a separate event. Include a reception card with the event details as part of the invitation suite.

SAMPLE WORDING

Please join us for an
evening reception
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:00pm
Dinner will be served at 6:00pm
The Cask Room
at the Hart House
5257 Deer Lake Avenue
dancing and merriment to follow

Activities Cards


Activities cards can be very helpful when it comes to weddings with many out-of-town guests. The activities card outlines organized activities, meals, and other events taking place over the course of the days surrounding the wedding. Our wedding minibook card™ is a great alternative to a tri-fold or flat piece.

SAMPLE WORDING

Weekend Activities
Friday
Meadowood Winery Tour | 1:00 pm | Please meet in the hotel lobby
Rehearsal Dinner | 7:00 pm | Meritage Resort | 875 Bordeaux Way
Saturday
Ladies Tea | 11:00 am | Churchill Tea Room | Please meet in the hotel lobby
Sunday
Farewell Brunch | 11:00 am | Bouchon Bistro | 6534 Washington Street

Information Cards


An information card is enclosed with your wedding invitation and allows couples to provide guests with any additional information you want them to have (transportation information, lodging suggestions, etc.).

SAMPLE WORDING

Transportation will be provided to and from the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception. Shuttles will depart from the hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to each event and return every half-hour each evening beginning at 9 pm.