How to Word Your
Wedding Invitations

2 wedding invitations for Sarah and Joseph

There’s an art to selecting the words that’ll welcome guests to your celebration. Every wedding is unique, so when you design your invites, consider who’s hosting, where you’re saying your vows, and how formal things will be, for starters. Here’s a look at some of our top verses—just a few of the hundreds you can choose from at invitations.davidsbridal.com.

Hosted by the couple

Sara Maria Smith
and
Taylor Lee Thomas
invite you to the celebration
of their marriage
on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of June
Two thousand twenty
at two o'clock in the afternoon
David’s Restaurant & Lounge
1234 Main Street
Houston, Texas

Quick Tip:

If you and your fiancé are planning the wedding yourselves, you have the most freedom to say what your heart desires, even if it’s on the casual side. If others are helping to host, it’s polite to run the invitations past them for an OK before printing.

Hosted by the couple & both sets of parents

Together with their families
Sara Maria Smith
and
Taylor Lee Thomas
request the pleasure of your company
as they are united in marriage
Friday, the eighteenth of September
Two thousand twenty
at twelve o’clock in the afternoon
Hotel Diamond
1234 Main Street
Los Angeles, California

Quick Tip:

Even if one side is pitching in more, or if it’s really your sister who’s taking care of everything, “together with their families” is a nice way to show everyone some love.

No designated host

The honour of your presence is
requested at the marriage of
Sara Maria Smith
and
Taylor Lee Thomas
on Sunday, the twenty-fourth of May
Two thousand twenty
at four o’clock in the afternoon
The Philadelphia Country Club
123 Cricket Court
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Quick Tip:

If you’d rather keep things short and sweet, remember: You don’t need to name a host at all. Just give guests the who, what, when, and where.

Hosted by the bride’s parents

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sara Maria
to
Taylor Lee Thomas
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas
on Saturday, the sixth of November
Two thousand twenty
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Christ Church
Columbus, Ohio

Quick Tip:

Some brides use the phrase “honour of your presence” as a nod to a religious ceremony, but others choose it simply as more formal phrasing than “pleasure of your company.” It’s usually spelled in British fashion, with a U, but “honor” is also correct. If you use “honour” or “honor,” your response cards should mirror that spelling with “favour” or “favor.” 

Hosted by both sets of parents

Lisa and Michael Smith
and
Mary and John Thomas
invite you to share in the joy
of the marriage uniting their children
Sara Maria
and
Taylor Lee
This celebration of love will be
on Saturday, the thirteenth of June
Two thousand twenty
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Clark Park
1234 Second Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Quick Tip:

Using parents’ first and last names is considered less traditional than including titles and fathers’ names only. But do what makes you and the hosts most comfortable, especially for a modern or informal wedding.

Hosted by divorced and/or remarried parents

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smith
Mr. and Mrs. James Williams
and
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thomas
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Sara Maria
and
Taylor Lee
Sunday, the second of August
Two thousand twenty
at six o’clock in the evening
Temple Israel
1234 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Quick Tip:

If parents aren’t married, list their names on separate lines. (If they’re remarried, include their current spouses on the same line, as shown here.) Or, you can always choose a phrase like “together with their parents” if you’d rather not go into the details on your invites.