How to Word Your Wedding Invitations
The wording for your invitations might not be as fun as all of the printing, paper and presentation details but even the prettiest paper invitations need the right information.
Your invitation is the first impression guests will have of your celebration. They should communicate the who, when and where of the event, while offering a sneak peek in to your story. Wedding invitations should spell out all the essential wedding details—who’s getting married, who’s hosting, and when and where the ceremony and reception will take place.
BASIC WORDING TIPS: If the bride’s parents are hosting, it’s customary to leave off the bride’s last name. However, if the bride has a different last name than her parents, include her full name. The bride’s last name should also be included if the groom’s parents are involved in hosting.
If you would like to include the name of a deceased parent to the wedding invitation wording, simply add the word “late” in front of your family member’s name.
W H A T T O I N C L U D E
- Who and What are you celebrating?
- Who’s Hosting?
- When and Where is the Ceremony?
Celebrate Your Story
Whether or not you are planning a formal event, your invitation should be a reflection of your love story. Add some much needed personality by including:
- Quote a book, song, verse.
- Rewrite it with the voice of your favorite character. Use your native language.
- GO CRAZY: Mad-Lib style. Rewrite it as a fairy tale. Be creative.
Accept/Regret – Yes/No
You can have fun with this by changing each to a statement, for example:
- Wouldn’t miss it!
- I’m in like Flynn
- There in Spirit
- Lost at Sea
- Lost in Translation
You may decide to reserve a # per family. If that is the case you will need to add a line to your response cards that says something like, “We have reserved #___ for your family” or “ ___ of 5 will attend”
Assign each response card a number and lightly pencil it in on the back, just in case someone forgets to write in their names. Make sure you also record that # on your spreadsheet (RSVP# column provided in free Guest List Google Sheet).
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How to Word Your Ceremony Programs
As with most big events, you want to know what’s happening and when? YOUR wedding is no different, especially if you are having a traditional Catholic or Jewish ceremony.
There are so many ways you can personalize a program, so that it truly is a telling of your love story. With a Who’s Who, the sequence of events, and any other details important to you and your fiancé.
A wedding program is also the perfect way to share your gratitude with all your guests and special thanks to those who have helped you become who you are or have been influential in your relationship.
W H A T T O I N C L U D E
- Bride and Grooms full names
- Wedding date – month, day and year
- Time of day
- Ceremony location
ORDER OF CEREMONY
Include the first and last name of all speaking participants. List song title, composer and musicians for all musical sections.
- Attendants’ Processional
- Bride’s Processional
- Opening Prayer/Greeting
- Wedding Message
- Exchange of Vows
- Unity Ceremony
- Presentation of Couple
Include first and last names. You could also include their relationship to you, such as: friend, brother, cousin, etc.
- Parents of the Bride and Groom
- Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen
- Flower Girls/Ring Bearer
- Personal Attendant(s) and Ushers
Many couples are choosing to include a message of appreciation and or to honor those who have passed away.