Yay you’re engaged! All of those pretty details are coming together and now it’s time to add them to paper. Whether you’ve gone through countless amounts of invitations, colors, and envelope liners, or just starting to look at designs for your suite, the question coming next is: how do I write out my invitation wording. No need to stress, sweet bride. We have you covered!

Today, there are a few ways you can customize your invitation to fit the style of your wedding. Below is a cheat sheet breaking down each line, where it should go and how to say it!

Who is Hosting?

This is going to be the first line of the invitation. For traditional invitations, the bride’s parents are hosting, but now with more couples hosting their own weddings and the groom’s parents hosting too, it can be difficult to decide what to put down! Here’s the wording for each host:

Bride’s parents: “Mr. and Mrs. (father’s full formal name)

Both sets of parents: “Mr. and Mrs. (bride’s fathers first and last name) and Mr. and Mrs. (groom’s fathers first and last name)”

Bride and groom: “Together with their families”

The Request

This line will follow the host, but will depend on who is hosting.

If the bride’s parents are hosting: “Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter”

Just a reminder that honour with a ‘u’ is used in a more formal church setting. The ‘pleasure of your company’ is also appropriate on some invitation suites

If the groom’s parents are hosting: “request the honor of your presence at the marriage of (bride and groom’s name)”

If the bride and groom are hosting (with or without their parents): “Request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage”

Bride and Groom’s Names

Bride’s name (always comes first): “(first and middle name)” (If the parents aren’t hosting, you can add the last name too!)

Groom’s name: “(first, middle, and last name)”

You can add ‘Mr.’ to the beginning of the groom’s title for more formality however, this is a personal preference and often depends on the length of the groom’s name and aesthetic on the invitation

Date and Time

Traditional: “(day of the week, date, month) (year spelled out)
Example: Saturday, the Fourth of May, Two Thousand Seventeen

Semi-formal: “(day of the week, month, date)” (year in numeric form)
Example: Saturday, May 4th, 2017

Ceremony Location

One venue: “(name of venue)” “(city and state)”

Multiple venues: “(name of venue)” “(address, city and state)”


“Reception to follow”

“Dinner and dancing to follow”

“Dinner, drinks, and dancing to follow”

“Afterwards at the reception” (If the reception is not at the same venue as the ceremony, add the reception venue after along with the name of the venue and address)


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