Wedding Invitation Wording

The wording of the wedding invitation can vary immensely; the bare bones of any invitation is provided below but each wedding invitation is as unique as the wedding and will differ depending on many different circumstances. Below is a simplified outline of the wedding invitation:

(Host Line) (Request Line) (Bride) to (Groom) (Date) (Year) (Time) (Location) (City & State)

The Host Line

As the name indicates, the host line on the wedding invitation indicates who is hosting the event. Traditionally the bride's parents host the wedding, therefore, their names are mentioned at the top of the invitation. If groom's parents are hosting the event, then their names are mentioned first. In either case, mentioning the names of both sets of parents is courteous. If bride and groom are hosting the event by themselves, then they have an option to mention their parents if they chose. If the event is held by both sets of parents with or without the bride and groom then bride's parents are mentioned first.

Request Line

There are a few options for this line which can range from religious, traditional, casual, creative or simple depending on the couple's taste. Here are some of traditional choices:

Who is hosting and how fancy is the event?

Bride's Parents (Formal Setting)

If the bride's parents are hosting a formal wedding, then there are a few things to keep in mind when wording your invitations:

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's parents)

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Jane to Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Reception to Follow

Bride's Parents (Casual Setting)

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's parents)

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Jane to Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Dinner and Dancing to Follow

Groom's Parents (Formal Setting)

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer (groom's parents)

request the pleasure of your presence

at the marriage of

Stephanie Jane Knight to their son Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Reception to Follow

Groom's Parents (Casual Setting)

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer (groom's parents)

request the pleasure of your presence

at the marriage of

Stephanie Jane Knight to their son Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Dinner and dancing to follow

Bride and Groom (Formal Setting)

Stephanie Jane Knight
and
Mark Jacob Spencer

Request the honor of your company

at the celebration of their union

Stephanie Jane Knight to their son Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Reception to Follow

Bride and Groom (Casual Setting)

Stephanie Jane Knight
and
Mark Jacob Spencer

Request the pleasure of your company

at the celebration of their union

Stephanie Jane Knight to their son Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Dinner and dancing to follow

Couple and Parents (Formal Setting)

Together with

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's parents)
And Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer (groom's parents)

Stephanie Jane Knight to their son Mark Jacob Spencer

Request the pleasure of your company

at the celebration of their union

Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Reception to Follow

Couple and Parents (Casual Setting)

Together with their parents
Stephanie Jane Knight
and
Mark Jacob Spencer

Request the pleasure of your company

at the celebration of their union

Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Dinner and dancing to follow

Both Parents (Formal Setting)

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's parents)
And Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer (groom's parents)

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their children

Stephanie Jane Knight and Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Reception to Follow

Both Parents (Casual Setting)

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's parents)
And Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer (groom's parents)

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their children

Stephanie Jane Knight and Mark Jacob Spencer Ceremony Place
123 Wedding Road
Happily Ever After, California
Dinner and dancing to follow

Special Circumstances

Deceased Parents

If a parent of the bride or groom is deceased then the invitation can address this issue simply by indicating "the late" before the person's name. See below for examples.

Example 1

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight
And
Mr. Craig Spencer & the late Mrs. Marge Spencer

Request the pleasure of your company

At the marriage of their children

Example 2

Stephanie Jane Knight daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Knight
& Mark Jacob Spencer son of
Mr. Craig Spencer And the late Mrs. Marge Spencer

Example 3

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight
Together with
Mr. Craig Spencer

Request the pleasure of your presence

At the wedding of

Stephanie Jane Knight To Mark Jacob Spencer son of the late Mrs. Marge Spencer

Example 4

Mr. Steve Knight

Requests the honor of your

Company at the marriage of his daughter

Stephanie Janie Knight The daughter of
the late Mrs. Kelly Knight

Example 5 (living parent remarried)

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight
and
Mr. & Mrs. Craig Spencer

Request the honor of your presence

At the wedding of

Stephanie Jane Knight To Mark Jacob Spencer son of the late Mrs. Marge Spencer

Divorced Parents (not remarried)

If the parents are divorced, invitation can be worded varies ways with some traditional rules to keep in mind:

Bride's Divorced Parents Hosting

Ms. Kelly Greene (bride's mother)
Mr. Steve Knight (bride's father)

Request the pleasure of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Jane To Mark Jacob

Bride's Divorced Parents Hosting

Ms. Kelly Greene (bride's mom)
Mr. Steve Knight (bride's dad)

Request the pleasure of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Jane To Mark Jacob

Bride's Mother Hosting

Ms. Kelly Greene (bride's mom)

Requests the honor of your presence

At the marriage of her daughter

Stephanie Jane Daughter of Mr. Steve Knight
To Mark Jacob The son of
Ms. Marge White
Mr. Craig Spencer
(divorced parents)

Bride's Father Hosting

Mr. Steve Knight (bride's father)

Requests the pleasure of your presence

At the marriage of his daughter

Stephanie Jane Daughter of Ms. Kelly Greene
To Mark Jacob The son of
Ms. Marge White
Mr. Craig Spencer
(divorced parents)

Groom's Divorced Parents Hosting

Ms. Marge White (groom's mother)
Mr. Craig Spencer (groom's dad)

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of

Stephanie Jane Daughter of
Ms. Kelly Greene (bride's mother)
Mr. Steve Knight (bride's father)
To their son Mark Jacob

Groom's Mother Hosting

Ms. Marge White (groom's mother)

Requests the pleasure of your presence

At the marriage of

Stephanie Jane Daughter of
Ms. Kelly Greene
Mr. Steve Knight
To her son Mark Jacob The son of
Mr. Craig Spencer

Groom's Father Hosting

Mr. Craig Spencer (groom's father)

Requests the honor of your presence

At the marriage of

Stephanie Jane Daughter of
Ms. Kelly Greene
Mr. Steve Knight
To his son Mark Jacob The son of
Ms. Marge White

Step Parents

If one or both set of parents are remarried and the couple want to mention step parents on the invitation, then there are a few things to keep in mind:

Traditionally, if parents are re-married only the parents' names are mentioned but if the couple prefers to mention their step-parents in the invitation then examples are included below:

Both Sets of Remarried Parents Posting

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Greene (bride's mom & step-dad)
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's dad & step-mom)

And
Mr. & Mrs. George Miller (groom's mom & step-mom)
Mr. & Mrs. Craig Knight (groom's dad & step-mom)

Request the pleasure of your presence

At the marriage of their children

Stephanie Jane and Mark Jacob

Bride's Divorced Parents Hosting

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Greene (bride's mother & step-father)
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Knight (bride's father & step-mother)

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Jane To Mark Jacob Son of
Mr. & Mrs. George Miller (groom's mom & step-mom)
Mr. & Mrs. Craig Knight (groom's dad & step-mom)