Wedding invitation wording and templates

Not sure what to write in your wedding invitation? Here are fool-proof templates for formal and casual weddings.
Photo | Lynda Loves
Photo | Lynda Loves

Informal wedding invitation

For an informal invitation, it’s common to drop the parents off the invitation, and just addressing it from the bride and groom. It’s also a great way to add a touch of personality and humour. See below for an example:

(bride’s first name) & (groom’s first name)
are getting hitched!
Please join them as they exchange their vows
(date), (time)
at (church/venue)
followed by a knees up (at venue if it’s a church ceremony)

OR

Eat, drink and be married!
You are invited to the wedding celebration of
(bride’s first name) & (groom’s first name)
(date), (time)
at (venue)
Reception to follow (at new venue if different)

Formal: Bride and groom hosting

Ms. (bride first name and surname) & Mr. (groom first name and surname)
Request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

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Formal: From both parents

Mr. and Mrs. (bride's father's name and surname) & Mr. and Mrs. (groom's father's name and surname)
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their children
(bride's name and surname) & (groom's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

Formal: From bride's parents

Mr. and Mrs. (bride's father's name and surname) 
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
(bride's name) to (groom's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

Formal: From groom's parents

Mr. and Mrs. (groom's father's name and surname) 
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their son
(groom's name) to (bride's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

Formal: From divorced bride's parents

Ms. or Mrs if re-married (bride's mother's name and maiden name or new married name)
Mr. (bride's father's name and surname) 
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
(bride's name) to (groom's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

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Formal: From divorced groom's parents

Ms. or Mrs if re-married (groom's mother's name and maiden name or new married name)
Mr. (groom's father's name and surname) 
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their son
(bride's name) to (groom's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

Formal: From two sets of divorced parents

Ms. or Mrs if re-married (bride's mother's name and maiden name or new married name)
Mr. (bride's father's name and surname) 
&
Ms. or Mrs if re-married (groom's mother's name and maiden name or new married name)
Mr. (groom's father's name and surname)
Request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their children
(bride's name and surname) & (groom's name and surname)
at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
And afterwards for a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

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Formal: From bride, groom and their parents

Ms. (bride's name and surname) & Mr. (groom's name and surname)
Together with their parents
Request the pleasure of your company at (venue) on (date)
at (time)
Followed by a reception at (if venue different to ceremony)

Wedding invitation for evening guests

(bride) and (groom)
Request the pleasure of your company
for an evening reception at (venue)
on (date) at (time)

Second marriages

For a second wedding, parents are usually left off the invite as it’s assumed it is the bride and groom who are inviting. The template for second marriages varies slightly according to the circumstances. For example, if the bride is a widower, she will use Mrs and her married name, but if she is divorced, she will use her maiden name, and can ditch the Mrs. for Ms. or drop this altogether.

Here is an example:

Mrs. (bride's name and married name)/Ms. (bride's name and maiden name) and Mr. (groom's name and surname)
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
at (venue) on (date) at (time)
Followed by a reception (at different venue if applicable)

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For a celebration of marriage if the wedding has already taken place

If you eloped or had a more intimate ceremony with immediate family but still want a celebration with friends, it's usually fine to be a little less formal with your invites, see a couple of examples below:

Surprise, we got married!
(bride name and surname) & (groom name and surname) OR Mr. & Mrs. (groom’s surname)
Celebrate with us with drinks, dinner & dancing
(date), (time) at (venue)

OR

(bride’s name and surname) & (groom’s name and surname)
Are happy to announce that they are married, following a private ceremony
Please join them in celebrating their union
At (venue), on (date) at (time)

Absent/deceased parents

This is no hard rule for this. You can decide to include the deceased parent on the wedding invitation, so it comes from both parents (see template above). Or, it could simply come from the mother or father as a single person, which is more common if the mother or father is not involved.

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