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Wedding Invitation Wording For Special Circumstances

By Tim Kilroy

Catholic Wedding Invitations

There are as many wedding circumstances as there are brides and grooms, and how to express the nuances of your wedding in your invitation can be really tricky. Follow the guide below to create a properly worded wedding invitation that is both accurate and follow proper etiquette.

Roman Catholic Wedding

The wording for a Roman Catholic wedding will vary slightly, and may include the phrase “Nuptial Mass” if the ceremony will be part of a Catholic service. It is helpful to guests to include this phrase since a Nuptial Mass lasts approximately one hour, longer than the typical marriage ceremony.

Hispanic Wedding

Invitations to Hispanic wedding celebrations may be issued in either English

or Spanish, and many couples provide both, on the two inner pages of a folded invitation. Both sets of parents are usually included in the wording, with the bride’s parents’ names always listed first.

The Bridal Couple As Hosts

If the bride’s parents are both deceased, or if the bride and groom are older or marrying for the second time, the couple may choose to issue the invitations themselves. The use of “Miss” versus “Ms.” before the bride’s name is based on personal preference and may depend on whether or not this is the bride’s first marriage.

Including The Groom’s Parents As Hosts

If the groom’s parents assume a large portion of the wedding expenses, their names may be included, with both sets of parents’ names at the very beginning of the invitation. This makes it clear that both families are issuing the invitation.

Including The Groom’s Parents

If you simply wish to include the groom’s parents’ names on the invitation, no matter what the circumstances or financial contribution, the bride’s parents are still noted first as the official hosts, with the groom’s parents assuming the second position. If the groom’s parents’ names are short enough, the words “son of” can be included on the same line as their names so that the names of the bride and groom stand out more.

Including The Groom’s Parents When Divorced

To include the groom’s parents in a place of honor when they are divorced. The groom’s mother’s name appears first, using her remarried name (if appropriate) and the groom’s father is second.

Divorced Parents of Bride Hosting Together

If the bride’s parents are divorced but enjoy an amicable relationship (even if one has remarried), they may issue the invitations together. The mother’s name always appears first.

Hosted By One Parent

A wedding may be hosted by only one parent if the other is deceased or if the parents are divorced. In this case, the parent issues the invitation alone and the word “his” or “her” is added in place of “their” in the request line.

Wedding Invitation that includes Reception Wording

If you plan to invite all your guests to both the ceremony and reception and you choose not to send a separate reception card, the reception information may be included on the invitation.

Invitation To The Reception Only

If it is a second marriage or if the ceremony itself is small or limited only to family, guests may be invited to just the reception afterwards.

Reception Held At A Later Date

A couple may be honored with a reception at a later date, especially if they have a destination wedding attended by only family, or if they are not able to hold the reception immediately due to business reasons or other logistics. If held on another day, it is not called a wedding reception but simply a party or reception in honor of the couple.

Wedding at the Home of Friends or Relatives

The invitation wording for a wedding at home should include the full address, and the phrase “at the residence of” if the event is being held at the home of friends or relatives.

Wedding at the Bride’s Parents Home

If a couple chooses to marry at the bride’s parents’ home, the address is all the location information you need to include. Remember that for ceremonies that are not held in houses of worship, the phrase “pleasure of your company” is used rather than “the honour of your presence”.

Second Wedding With Children Hosting

For a second marriage, if the bride and groom have older children who would like to issue the invitations, the wording is as follows, listing the bride’s children first, from oldest to youngest, and then the groom’s children. When the children are hosting, honorifics are not used for the bride’s and groom’s names.

There are thousands of other variations that can come up, but these tend to be the most common issues for wedding invitations. Follow these suggestions, and your wedding invitations will be perfect…just like your wedding day.

Tim Kilroy is a writer living in Boston who has sent out wedding invitations only once, but it was the best time he has ever had at the post office

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Wedding Invitation Wording Samples to Use When the Bride and Groom Are Inviting

By JoDitt Williams

One of the most important steps in the process of ordering your wedding invitations is writing the wedding invitation wording.

Formal wedding invitations should follow proper wedding invitation etiquette.

All invites, whether formal, casual or traditional or non-traditional should include the following:

  • Bride’s and Groom’s full names (including middle names for formal invites)

  • Day and date of the wedding

  • The year should be written out on the next line following the date

  • Time of the wedding

  • Location of the wedding (formal wedding invitations usually just include the name of the church or building, while less formal or casual wedding invitations might also include the street address)

  • City and State (do not include zip code)

Those are the essentials, the things that you absolutely MUST include in your wedding invitation wording. Other than that, you can be very creative with the rest of the wording. If you are having a non-traditional wedding, do not feel like you must follow all of the rules of etiquette. You can add a favorite poem, scripture or verse. Or you could write something to reflect your own personal story of how you met and why you are getting married. You could even use a verse that relates to the season in which you are getting married.

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Some other things you must think about when writing your wedding invitation wording are things like:

  • Who is doing the inviting. (Bride’s parents, Bride’s and Groom’s parents, Bride and Groom, Children of Bride and Groom, etc.)

  • If the Bride’s or Groom’s parents are deceased

  • If the Bride’s or Groom’s parents are divorced

  • If it is a second (or third or fourth) marriage

  • If the wedding is being held in a Church or at a Home or other non-church location

Here are some samples of wedding invitation wording where the Bride and Groom are doing the inviting:

With joyous hearts

we invite you to attend

the wedding of

LaJune Nashea Hamilton


Donovan Ramond Williamson

Saturday, the twenty-fifth of April

Two thousand and ten

at five thirty in the evening

Venetian Terrace

215 Mandalay Canal

Arlington, Texas

Please join us

for a celebration of

Love, friendship, laughter, and family


Audrey Davidson


Donny Wolverton

Join their hands in holy matrimony

Saturday, August 22

two thousand and ten

at six o’clock in the evening

Windy Road Ranch

Lubbock, Texas

Together With Their Parents And Family

Luanna Gutierrez


Ryan Jacob Dominguez

Request The Honour Of Your Presence

As They Join Hands In Holy Matrimony

Saturday, The Twenty-First Of November

Two Thousand And Nine

At One O’clock In The Afternoon

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Hemet, California

Because you have shared in

our lives

by your friendship and love we,

Nicole Bernadette Cypert


Nicholas Thomas Jacobson

together with our parents

invite you to share

the beginning of our new life together

when we exchange marriage vows

on Friday, the ninth of May

two thousand eleven

at five o’clock in the evening

Paradise Country Club

Madison, Wisconson

You are invited to a celebration

of the beginning of our new life together

as Mari D’Lynn Martin


Colton Jeremy Jamison

are united as husband and wife

Friday, the twenty-seventh of March

two thousand and ten

at two o’clock in the afternoon

First Baptist Church

Jersey City, New Jersey

We joyfully invite you to our wedding celebration.

On this day we will marry the one

we laugh with, live for, dream with, and love.

Please join

Kathryn Marie Longbotham


Miles David Thornton

at seven o’clock in the evening

on Friday, June twenty-sixth

two thousand and ten

Wenten Chapel

Roanoke, Virginia

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Allysa Lauren Montgomery,

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Montgomery


Bodie Todd Forseman

son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Forseman

Sunday, the eleventh of August

Two thousand and eleven

at two o’clock in the afternoon

Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Again, these are just samples of wedding invitation wording. Brides and grooms can get creative and create their own unique wording for their wedding invitation. But these are the basics. If the wedding is more casual, rather than formal, the wording on the wedding invitation can be more casual as well and does not necessarily have to follow all of the proper wedding invitation etiquette rules. One thing to keep in mind though, is that most people are constantly in a hurry and tend to skim whatever they are reading. So, you might want to keep your wording fairly basic.

Tip: Make sure to get someone who has never seen your wedding invitation before to proof read the final copy. They will often find errors which you have missed because you have become too familiar with the wording. Ask them to check the date with a calendar to make sure the date is correct. They should also check for spelling errors as well as grammar. Have them read it out loud to see if everything flows and makes sense.

JoDitt Williams, is an invitation designer and the owner of Joyful Heart Design, an online custom wedding invitation boutique. JoDitt invites you to visit her website to view samples of her contemporary, colorful, delightfully unique, and totally customizable wedding invitations. JoDitt delights in helping her customers create the wedding invitation of their dreams. Please visit to view her gallery of invitations that are sure to get lots of “oohs” and “aahs.”

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