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So you have some questions about invitation wording. No problem; I'm here to help you get some answers!

Below, you'll find typical suggested wording depending on the type of wedding or style you want. If there are other situations more specific to your circumstances, such as wishing to include a deceased parent on the invitation, or if parents are divorced, please let us me know, and I’ll guide you with the kind of wording to use.

 

PARENTS ISSUING OR CEREMONY SEPARATE FROM RECEPTION

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Durand
request the honor/honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sophia Marie
to
Jeffrey Michael
son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lautrec
on Saturday, the eighth of March
Two thousand twenty-one
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Fox Green Country Club
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Durand
request the honor/honour of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass at which their daughter
Sophia Marie
and
Jeffrey Michael
will be united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
. . .

Laura and Oliver Durand 
and
Patricia and Michael Lautrec
request the honor/honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Sophia Marie
and
Jeffrey Michael
. . .

BRIDE AND GROOM ISSUING

Together with their parents
Sophia Marie Durand
and
Jeffrey Michael Lautrec
request the honor/honour of your presence
at their marriage
. . .

Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love we,
Sophia Marie Durand
and
Jeffrey Michael Lautrec
together with our parents invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows

. . .

Sophia Durand
and
Jeffrey Lautrec
have chosen the first day of their new life together
as Saturday, the eighth of March

Two thousand twenty-one
You are invited to share in their joy
as they exchange marriage vows
at four o’clock in the afternoon
. . .

We’ve decided on forever
and forever begins when we,
Sophia Durand
and
Jeffrey Lautrec
unite in marriage
. . .

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT THE SAME LOCATION

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the marriage uniting
Sophia Durand
and
Jeffrey Lautrec
. . .

Sophia Durand

and

Jeffrey Lautrec
joyfully invite you to share in their happiness

as they unite in marriage

. . .

Sophia Durand

and

Jeffrey Lautrec
together with their parents
invite you to share in their joy
when they exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life together
. . .

With joyful hearts
we ask you to be present
at the ceremony uniting
Sophia Durand

and

Jeffrey Lautrec
. . .

RECEPTION WORDING

If the reception is at a different location, it is highly recommended to have a separate card.

Attire can be mentioned here (typically in the bottom-right corner), or on the details card.

Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing to follow

. . .

Please join us for

Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing

at six o'clock in the evening

. . .

Join us as we celebrate

the new Mr. and Mrs.

. . .

Enjoy merriment and dining

with the new Mr. and Mrs.

. . .

Feasting and merriment to to follow

at six o'clock in the evening

. . .

RESPONSE CARD WORDING

To note, RSVP is derived from the French phrase 'Répondez s'il vous plaît.' In a literal translation, this means 'Please respond.' Therefore, it is redundant to write 'Please RSVP by ______.' However, you can get away with this if you're treating the RSVP as a title. Please see below and know that there are many other ways to write an RSVP card (strictly single-sided, double-sided, etc):

RSVP

Kindly/Please reply by ______

M __________________________________________

______ Accept(s)

______ Decline(s)

Kindly RSVP by ______

__________________________________________

Name

______ Accepts

______ Declines

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Please reply by ______

M __________________________________________

______ Accept(s) with pleasure

______ Decline(s) with great

______ Will happily attend

______ Will be there in spirit

 

______ Happily accepts

______ Regretfully declines

______ Can't wait!

______ Can't make it

We look forward to celebrating with you!

M/Name __________________________________________

○ Accept(s) with pleasure

______ Friday Welcome Dinner

______ Saturday Ceremony and Reception

______ Sunday Brunch

○ Decline(s) with great

Please reply by ______

 

The favor/favour of your reply is requested by ______

__________________________________________

Name

There are ______ seats reserved in your name.

______ Accept(s) with pleasure

______ Decline(s) with regret

Please initial the entrée of your choosing

______ Entrée 1       ______ Entrée 2       ______ Entrée 3

Please let us know of any dietary restrictions

__________________________________________

Please let us know of a song that will get you on the dance floor

__________________________________________

 

RSVP

Kindly reply by ______

Reply via our website at ____________ or send your reply through regular mail

The pleasure of your prompt response is requested

(leave the rest of the card blank)

OTHER NOTES

RSVP CARDS: If you use the term 'honour' instead of honor, the response card should have the same spelling for the word 'favour' (if you are using this word). In other words, keep it consistent.

WEDDING WEBSITE: These are typically not to be included on the wedding invitation itself. Where you can add it:

  • on the Save the Date

  • on a small insert to go along with your invitation ensemble (business card size or larger)

  • on your accommodations/directions card

  • or on your reception card (not ideal, but viable nonetheless)

 

WEDDING REGISTRY INFO: Including wedding registry information within your invitation ensemble or on your save the dates, even when letting your guests know that you request no gifts, is considered an absolute no-no, although rules about these seem to be changing over the years. This can be put on the bridal shower invitation, or on your wedding website, but never on the invitation or the ensemble cards. It's also a near guarantee that close family members and friends will spread the word for you. 

ADULTS ONLY RECEPTION: Sometimes you want an adults only reception, but you can't find the right way to word it without offending anyone without using the typical ‘Adults only Reception’. Another way to get around that is:

  • ‘Although children are a blessing, the reception will be held for adults' (can be written on the bottom of a response card, the details card, or the reception card).

  • Or keep it at a simple 'Adults Only Reception'.