Wedding Planning Guide

bridal shower invitation wording

Everything you need to know to get the wording right.

When hosting a wedding or bridal shower, the correct invitation wording will be very helpful to ensure guests understand what’s happening, and who is invited. You’ll want to include all of the relevant details, from the date and time to the location and dress code, and perhaps even an RSVP card to your shower if you are being more formal, or a custom shower activity / games card to get the party started.

Our guide to wedding or bridal shower invitation wording has everything you need. We’ll give you a list of must-have details to include, as well as some wording examples and templates. With our help, you’ll be able to craft the perfect wedding shower invitation in no time!

What to Include on the Bridal Shower Invitation

What do you write on a wedding or bridal shower invitation? The Must-Haves:

When it comes to writing your wedding or bridal shower invitations, there are a few key things that you will want to include.

Those Invited

Often, showers are for a specific group of friends and family. Make sure to clearly label who in the household you are inviting on the mailing envelope, so that attendees know whether it is kid-friendly, or meant for only specific household members.

Guest(s) of Honor

You will want to include the name(s) of the guest(s) of honor on your invitation–the spouse-to-be! However, if you are having a co-ed shower or a couples shower, you may also include both names on the invitation.

Verdure, designed by Leah Bisch

Verdure”, designed by Leah Bisch

Date, Time, and Location

In addition to the date, time, and name of the location, make sure to include the address of the venue so there is no confusion for the guests (and you don’t have to field texts or calls for information later).

RSVP Information

Including a date by which guests should RSVP, as well as a way for them to confirm their attendance either through phone, email, or even an online form would make things easier.

Registry or Gift Information

If you are including registry information on your invitation, you will want to be sure to include a way for guests to access the registry. You can do this by including the URL of the online registry, or by providing the name and location of the store where you are registered.

If you would prefer not to include registry information on your invitation, you can always include a note that says “No gifts, please” or “Your presence is the only gift we need.”

Floral Spray, designed by Peggy Jackson

Floral Spray”, designed by Peggy Jackson

What do you write on a wedding or bridal shower invitation? Optional details:

While the details mentioned above are the must-haves for your bridal shower invitation, there are a few optional details that you may want to include as well. These include:

The Host’s Name(s)

It’s proper etiquette to include the host name(s) on the invitation, whether it’s the Maid/Matron of Honor, family or sibling, or a close family friend.

Shower Theme

If you are having a themed event, you may want to include information about the wedding or bridal shower theme on the invitation. This will give your guests a heads up to dress appropriately or bring gifts that fit the theme. You can use these wedding and bridal shower themes for some ideas.

Pro-tip: Minted offers themed games and activity cards which can be inserted into the invitation to help guests have time to prepare something for a theme, whether it’s a gift, advice, a recipe - whatever you choose!

Dress Code

A dress code is not required but it can be helpful to include if you are having a more formal event. For example, if your bridal shower is being held at a country club, you can include the dress code requirements of the country club.

Or, if the shower is themed, you can provide dress code suggestions like “Florals welcome” or “Please wear pink!”

Shower Arch, designed by Sweta Modi

Shower Arch”, designed by Sweta Modi

Jot It Down

Bridal Shower Invitations

Amy Payne

by Amy Payne

Olympia, WA

Rustic Elegance

Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Kelly Schmidt

by Kelly Schmidt

Vancouver, Canada

Botanical Arches

Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Kelly Schmidt

by Kelly Schmidt

Vancouver, Canada


Bridal Shower Invitations

Petra Kern

by Petra Kern

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Wedding & Bridal Shower Invitation Wording Ideas

Here are a few examples of wording that you can use for your own wedding or bridal shower invitations.

Classic or Traditional Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

[Name of Host] is pleased to announce the bridal shower of [Guest of Honor]

Please join us for a bridal shower in honor of [Guest of Honor]

Greenery, designed by Christy Bergerson

Greenery”, designed by Christy Bergerson

Funny Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

[Guest of Honor] is getting hitched - time to celebrate!

Join us in giving [Guest of Honor] a bridal shower she'll never forget

Your Person, designed by Sara Harding

Your Person”, designed by Sara Harding

Couple's Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

[Partner’s Name] and [Partner’s Name]’s friends and family invite you to celebrate their upcoming marriage

We’re throwing a party for the happy couple- join us!

Save the date to celebrate [Partner’s Name] and [Partner’s Name]’s wedding!

Ampersand, designed by Lori Wemple

Ampersand”, designed by Lori Wemple

Surprise Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

A Surprise Wedding Shower for [Guest of Honor]. PS: Be sure not to spill!

You're invited to a Surprise Bridal Shower for [Guest of Honor]!

Dry Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

A Toast to the Bride - Join us for a Dry Bridal Shower in honor of [Guest of Honor].

Virtual Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

Join us virtually as we celebrate [Guest of Honor]’s upcoming marriage!

We’re throwing a virtual party for the bride-to-be - join us! “See” you there!

Photo by @coritaylorphoto

Photo by @coritaylorphoto

Themed Wedding Shower Invitation Wording

For a garden-themed shower

[Guest of Honor] is blossoming into a beautiful bride! Join us for a garden-themed bridal shower to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

Bridal Sprinkle, designed by Chris Griffith

Bridal Sprinkle”, designed by Chris Griffith

For a spa-themed bridal shower

Join us for a relaxing spa-themed bridal shower to celebrate [Guest of Honor]’s upcoming marriage. We’ll have all the fixings for a perfect day of pampering - hope you can “soak” it up with us!

Spa Day, designed by Angela Garrick

Spa Day”, designed by Angela Garrick

For a BBQ-themed wedding shower

[Guest of Honor]’s friends and family are throwing an I-do BBQ!

Red Hot Bbq, designed by Peggy Jackson

Red Hot Bbq”, designed by Peggy Jackson

For a brunch-themed wedding shower

Join us for a lovely brunch to celebrate [Guest of Honor]’s upcoming nuptials.

For a boho-themed bridal shower

Join us for a boho-chic bridal shower to celebrate [Guest of Honor]’s upcoming marriage.

Wedding or Bridal Shower Invitation Wording Examples

When it comes to shower invitation wording, there are many different ways you can go about it. You can keep it simple with just the basic information or get creative and add your own personal touch.

Either way, as long as you include all of the essential information, your guests will be all set. If they have any questions, they can always contact the host or the wedding party for more guidance.

More Wedding & Bridal Shower Invitation Tips

In addition to the wording, there are a few other tips you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to your bridal shower invitations.

Is it okay to send email invitations to a wedding shower?

Everyone is constantly on their phone so you might be wondering if it's okay to ditch the paper invitations and go for email instead.

  1. If you’re planning a more casual gathering, then email invitations are perfectly acceptable.
  2. If you’re going for a more formal affair, it’s probably best to stick with a paper invitation.

Invitation by Text Message

If you choose to invite shower guests via text message, try using this wording:

We would be honored if you would join us in celebrating the upcoming marriage of

[Guest of Honor]

Please come to a bridal shower in his/her honor

Saturday, the [day] of [month],


at [time]

RSVP by [date] to this number.

[Your name]

Romantic Garden

Bridal Shower Invitations

Yaling Hou Suzuki

by Yaling Hou Suzuki

Belmont, CA


Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

JoAnn Jinks

by JoAnn Jinks

Sacramento, CA

Garden Stroll

Bridal Shower Invitations

Sweta Modi

by Sweta Modi

Mumbai, India


Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Ana de Sousa

by Ana de Sousa

Madeira, Portugal

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Shower Invitation Wording on Facebook

If you’re sending out bridal shower invitations on Facebook, you can say:

Come shower the [Guest of Honor] with love at her upcoming wedding shower!

When: [Date] at [Time]
Where: [Location]
RSVP by [Date] to [Phone Number] via text message or phone call
Hope to see you there!
[Your name]

Wedding Shower Invitation Wording Ideas to request RSVPs

When it comes to requesting RSVPs, there are a few things you’ll want to do.

You should include the date by which you would like to receive the RSVPs so your guests know when they need to respond by. This is helpful so that the host and venue know how many people to expect.

You’ll also want to include a contact method for guests to use when responding. This could be a phone number, email address, or even a link to an online RSVP form. Be sure to include who they are RSVPing to, as well so they know who to communicate with should they have any questions.

You can include a separate RSVP card with the invitation that guests can fill out and return, or you can simply include the information on the invitation itself.

Here are a few examples of how you can request RSVPs:

Please RSVP by (date) to (name and/or phone number)
Kindly RSVP by (date) to (email address)
RSVPs are appreciated by (date)
Please let us know if you can make it by (date)

Bridal Fiesta

Bridal Shower Invitations

Laura Moyer

by Laura Moyer

Manheim, PA

Parisian Chic

Bridal Shower Invitations

Nicoletta Savod

by Nicoletta Savod

Long Island, NY

Flourish & Abstract

Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Ashley Rosenbaum

by Ashley Rosenbaum

Raleigh, NC


Bridal Shower Invitations

Nicoletta Savod

by Nicoletta Savod

Long Island, NY

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Wedding Shower Invitation Wording Ideas for Gifts

If you wish, please bring a gift Your presence at the shower is enough, but if you wish to bring a gift, the couple is registered at…
If you would like to get something for the happy couple, they are registered at [store name(s)]
If you are unable to attend the shower, a gift card to our favorite store would be greatly appreciated
In lieu of a physical gift, we would be grateful for a donation to the honeymoon fund

Shower Invitation Wording about Dress Codes

When it comes to dress code, it's always a good idea to include some indication on the invitation. That way, your guests will show up in the proper attire.

To make things easy for your guests, you might want to include something like “Dress Code: Casual” or “Dress Code: Formal.” Some other dress code wording for invitations might be:

  • A formal dress code is requested.
  • Please dress in your best!
  • Dress to impress!
  • Cocktail attire requested.
  • Dressy casual attire.
  • Festive dress encouraged!
  • No specific dress code, but please avoid jeans and sneakers.

How far in advance should wedding bridal shower invitations be mailed?

It’s generally a good idea to send out your invitations at least six weeks in advance. This will give your guests time to RSVP and make arrangements to attend.

That being said, if you will have many guests coming in from out of town, you should mail out the invitations at least three months in advance so travel and lodging arrangements can be made.

Addressing your bridal shower invitations

When it comes to addressing your invitations, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

  • If you’re sending paper invitations, be sure to use proper etiquette and address each envelope by hand.
  • If you’re sending electronic invitations, be sure to include all relevant information (date, time, location, etc.) in the body of the email.

Read our Envelopes 101 to answer all your questions on addressing envelopes.

Bottom Line: Choose the best shower invitation wording for your wedding

Now that you know more about how to word your invitations, it’s time to choose the perfect design for your upcoming bridal shower. Check out our wide selection of wedding and bridal shower invitations and insert cards to get started.

Garden Party

Bridal Shower Invitations

Nicole Walsh

by Nicole Walsh

Saskatoon, Canada


Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Gerrie Magnani

by Gerrie Magnani

Prague, Czech Republic

Tacos & Tequila

Bridal Shower Invitations

Janelle Kelly

by Janelle Kelly

Kansas City, MO


Bridal Shower Invitations

Daisy Rizzo

by Daisy Rizzo

Plainwell, MI

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