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Wedding Invitation Wording - deciding the perfect wording for your wedding invitation

Insert Wording Options for your Wedding Invitations

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Whatever your chosen style of wedding stationery (‘Couture’, ‘Artisan, ‘Boutique’ or ‘Bespoke’) it’s important that your wedding invitation inserts are word perfect. Along with the style of your wedding stationery the wording of your wedding invitation should reflect the overall style of the day and how informal or how formal your wedding will be.

For more formal weddings there are certain ‘rules of etiquette’ to remember along with details that must not be forgotten and usually the wording of the wedding invitation is determined by who is hosting the wedding and their relationship to the bride. For Civil Partnership ceremonies the wording tends to follow a more modern style but there’s no reason why the couple can’t choose a traditional style of wording. Of course, you don't have to follow any rules at all, your insert text can take any form and this suits those couples opting for informal or modern ceremonies.

If you are making your own wedding invitations we’ve listed many options below in order to help get the wording content ‘just right'. However if you need further advice or can't find what you're looking for then please contact us.

Should you be choosing The Handcrafted Card Company Ltd to create your wedding invitations then you’re in capable hands as our years of experience will ensure that your insert wording matches the style of your wedding perfectly.



Your wedding invitations must contain the following information:
  • Names of the bride's parents or other hosts
  • First name of the bride (for civil partnerships and commitment ceremonies first or full names of the couple)
  • First name and surname of the bridegroom and his title (Mr/Lieutenant/Sir)
  • Where the ceremony is taking place
  • Date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
  • Time of the ceremony
  • Location of the wedding reception
  • Address to which guests must reply
For a formal traditionally worded wedding invitation:
  • Include all names written in full (including middle names) – don’t be tempted to abbreviate
  • First Avoid using abbreviations for times, dates and locations eg ‘2pm’ should be ‘two o’clock’, Rd should be ‘Road’
  • Traditionally the Bride is listed before the Groom using Christian and middle names only however, please do bear in mind, some religions and military weddings require the opposite.
  • Punctuation is limited except following Mr., Mrs., etc and where a break is required on a single line eg on Friday, the 12th of August
  • Numbers are usually spelt out as words eg ‘3’ becomes ‘three’ unless the number has more than two digits
  • If the ceremony is a religious one, ‘the honour of your presence’ is the phrase used. If the ceremony is a civil one this is replaced with, ‘the pleasure of your company’.
Other useful information to include
  • Specify any dress requirements e.g. black tie, smart, no jeans etc
  • Will food be served? (If it's not a dinner/lunch party)
  • When will it finish?
  • If children are invited, make this clear and include their name on the invitation. However, if you want a child-free party, include a short tactful note, such as: 'We are sorry, but we are unable to accommodate children'
  • Put maps and directions to the ceremony and reception venues and be sure that car-parking areas are clearly marked. If appropriate, include a list of nearby hotel/guests houses and their prices
  • Having a 'reply date' can help significantly with your preparations - when guests don't reply the date gives a good excuse for a gentle 'nudge'
  • Don't forget to order a few spare to allow for mistakes when writing out the invitations and for any extra guests you may decide to ask at a later date.

Wedding invitations are traditionally sent to your guests approximately six weeks prior to the wedding date. However in our experience this tradition is ignored in order order for families to organise themselves ‘well in advance’ especially when considering annual holidays. To avoid sending out the invitations too early many couples opt to send 'Save The Date' or ‘Save the Day’ cards – these are great for imparting the date of the wedding and allow the wedding invitations to be sent much later.

If you include response cards (reply cards or RSVP’s) then these should be returned no later than 4 weeks before the wedding. Once these acceptances have received, you will be in a better position to send out the evening invitations if you’ve not already done so. If the reception venue you have booked requires you to seat a minimum number of guests then guests from your evening list can replace any guests invited to the day who are unable to attend.

You should allow one invitation per family including a courtesy one for the groom's parents and the minister and their partner. Also include family and friends who you may already know cannot come, but who would appreciate receiving an invitation, for example and elderly relative.

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T15 Traditional Invitation
Mr and Mrs Gilmont
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jayne
to Harvey James Bennett
son of
Mr and Mrs Bennett
at (time)
on date, month, year
at
St Mary's Church, Alsager,
Cheshire
Brides's parents as hosts
T16 Traditional Invitation
Mr. and Mrs. John Gilmont
request the pleasure
of the company of
………………………………..
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
Crewe Hall
Cheshire
Bride's parents as hosts
   
T17 Traditional Invitation
Mr. and Mrs. John Gilmont
request the pleasure
of the company of

………………………
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
Crewe Hall
Bride's parents as hosts
T18 Traditional Invitation
Mr and Mrs Gilmont
and
Mr and Mrs Bennett
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Holly Jane
to Harvey James
at (time)
on date, month, year
at
St George's Church, Alsager,
Cheshire

Both sets of parents as hosts
   
T19 Traditional Invitation
Miss (or Ms) Holly Jane Gilmont
and
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
Rookery Hall
Bride and Groom Hosting Their Own Wedding
T20 Traditional Invitation
Holly Jane Gilmont
and
Harvey James Bennett
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
Soughton Hall
Bride and Groom Hosting Their Own Wedding
   
T21 Traditional Invitation
Mr and Mrs Gilmont
and their daughter
Holly Jane
together with
Mr and Mrs Bennett
and their son
Harvey James
request the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Holly Jane
and
Harvey James
at (time)
on date, month, year
at
St George's Church, Alsager,
Cheshire
Couple with Both Sets Of Parents
T23 Traditional Invitation
Mr. John Gilmont
and
Mrs. Jane Gilmont
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Chimney House
Bride' parents separated or divorced (But still sharing the same name)
   
T24 Traditional Invitation
Jane and Tom Kendall
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of Jane Gilmont's daughter
Holly Jane Gilmont
to
Harvey James Bennett
son of Mr and Mrs Bennett
at (time)
on date, month, year
St George's Church, Alsager,
Cheshire
A divorced parent with their spouse/bride or groom's step parent
T25 Traditional Invitation
Mr Gilmont
and
Mrs Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane Gilmont
to
Harvey James Bennett
son of
Mr and Mrs Bennett
at (time)
on date, month, year
St Mary's Church, Alsager,
Cheshire
Jointly hosted by divorced parents
   
T26 Traditional Invitation
Mr. John Gilmont
and
Mrs. David Kendall
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Chimneys
Bride's parents divorced, mother remarried hosting wedding together
T27 Traditional Invitation
Mr. & Mrs. John Gilmont
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Manor
Bride’s parents divorced, mother absent or deceased, father remarried
   
T28 Traditional Invitation
Mr. & Mrs. David Kendall
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Holly Jane Gilmont
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
Weston Hall
Bride’s father absent or deceased, mother remarried
T29 Traditional Invitation
Mrs. John Gilmont (or Mrs Jane Gilmont)
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2.30 o'clock
and afterwards at
Rookery Hall
Bride’s mother widowed, not remarried
   
T30 Traditional Invitation
Mr John Gilmont
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr. Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2.30 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Manor House
Bride’s father as host
T31 Traditional Invitation
Mr. and Mrs. David Bennett
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their son
Harvey James
to
Holly Jane Gilmont
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager,
on Saturday 11th September
at 2.30 o'clock
and afterwards at
Rookery Hall
Bride's parents deceased or absent, groom's parents hosting
   
T32 Traditional Invitation
Mr and Mrs Matthew Jones
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their niece
Holly Jane Gilmont
to
Mr Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary’s Church, Knightsbridge
on Saturday 12th September
at 2 o’clock
and afterwards at
The Cottons Hotel
Wedding Hosted by a Relative (eg an aunt and uncle)
(The bride’s name and surname can be included if it differs from the relatives’ surname)
T33 Invitation to a Blessing
Mr and Mrs John Gilmont
request the pleasure of your company
at the blessing of the marriage
of their daughter
Holly Jane
to Mr Harvey James Bennett
at St. Marys Church, Sandbach
on Saturday 11th September
at 2 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Chimneys Hotel.
For a Service of Blessing
   
T34 Register Office Wedding Invitation
Mr and Mrs John Gilmont
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr Harvey James Bennett
at Manchester Register Office
on Saturday 11th September
At 2 o'clock
and afterwards for luncheon at
The Chimneys Hotel.
For a simple wedding at a register office (usually a small gathering followed by a lunch, not a reception.)
T35 Informal Invitation
Holly Jane Gilmont
and Harvey James Bennett
invite you to share in their love
and happiness as they exchange
vows of marriage and begin their
new life together
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager
on Saturday 11th September
at 2.30pm
and afterwards at
The Crescent Hotel
Informal Wedding Invitations - Bride and Groom Hosting
   
T36 Informal Invitation
Emma and John Gilmont
invite you to share in the
love and happiness of the
marriage of their daughter
Holly Jane
To
Harvey James Bennett
at St. Mary's Church, Alsager
on Saturday 11th September
at 2.30pm
and afterwards at
The Cottons Hotel
Informal Wedding Invitations - Bride's Parents Hosting
T37 Traditional Invitation
Mr. & Mrs. John Gilmont
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception
following the marriage
of their daughter
Holly Jane
to
Mr Harvey James Bennett
at The Manor House, Alsager
On Saturday 11th September
At 6 o’clock.
For a reception following a marriage that has already taken place (eg the marriage was overseas)
   
T38 Response Card Wording
I/We would love to attend/will be unable to attend
The wedding of (bride and groom) on…….
There could also be options for:

· Selecting a vegetarian or vegan option
· Writing in the total number of family members who
will be attending
· Stating whether the guest will be attending both
the service and the party/reception afterwards
T39 Response Card Wording
………………………
………………..
is/are pleased to accept your kind
invitation to the marriage of your
Daughter, (bride's Christian names) to
Mr. (grooms Christian names and surname) on (day and date)
There could also be options for:

· Selecting a vegetarian or vegan option
· Writing in the total number of family members who will be attending
· Stating whether the guest will be attending both the service and the party/reception afterwards
   
T40 Renewal of Vows Invitation
Mr and Mrs (married couple's names)
Request the honour of your presence
At a ceremony to celebrate
The renewal of their wedding vows
On
(day and date)
at (time)
(venue)
Renewal Of Vows
T41 Save The Date
Kathryn and Alex

Are getting married
on Saturday 20th September 2006
at Crewe Hall, Weston
and would love you to be there.

Please keep the date free.

Invitation to follow
Formal Save the Date
   
T42 Save The Date
Keep the date free!

We are getting married
on the 25th September 2006
at St Mary's Church, Alsager
Cheshire
and we would love you to be there

Kathryn and Alex

Invitation to follow
Informal Save The Date
T43 Order of Service Title Page
Name of church
Location
The marriage of
Bride
&
Groom
date
time
The usual layout for the first order of service page
   
T44 Order of Service Content
Entrance music for bride
Introduction
Hymn
The Marriage
Prayers (optional)
Reading (optional)
Blessing (optional)
Hymn
Reading/blessing (optional)
(optional)
Signing of the register
Exit music
The Order of Service contains a title page and up to 4 pages of text. Please note: it is important to obtain permission to use any hymn or piece of music still under copyright.
T45 Postponement
Owing to the recent illness of Mrs Bennett's mother, the wedding of her daughter Holly Jane to Mr Harvey Bennett at Soughton Hall, Flintshire, 3pm on 10th August 2005 has been postponed to 3pm on Saturday 29th September 2004.
A guide for the postponement of the wedding
   
T46 Cancellation
Owing to the sudden death of Mr Smith the wedding of his daughter Sarah to Mr Mark Jones at Soughton Hall, Flintshire 3pm on 10th August 2004 will not now take place. The marriage will take place privately at a date to be decided.

 
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