Invitation Wording : Our Tips

There are a lot of options for how to word your invitations and you'll likely encounter lots of etiquette rulings on this as well. Our suggestion is to choose wording that feels right for you and your families and don't feel too constrained by traditional guidelines. 

Here are some of our favorites:

THE INVITATION OPENING LINES:

When the couple is hosting or non-specified hosting:

The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of...
We invite you to attend the wedding of...
You are invited to witness and celebrate the marriage of...

Name 1
to/and
Name 2

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We invite you to witness and celebrate...
We invite you to...

Name1 & Name 2’s Wedding

Everybody hosting:

Together with their families
Name 1 and Name 2
...invite you to witness and celebrate their marriage
...invite you to join in the celebration of their marriage
...invite you to join in celebrating their marriage

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Name 1 & Name 2
together with their families
invite you to witness and join their wedding celebration

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Name 1
and
Name 2
together with their parents
Parent Names 1 &
Parent Names 2
request the honor of your presence
at their wedding

Traditional/formal, with one set of parents hosting:

Parents names
invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter
First and Middle name (bride)
to
Fiance’s full name

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Parents names
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
First and Middle name (bride)
to
Fiance’s full name

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Parents Names 1
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Name
to
Name
son of Parents #2 names

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The Smith Family
requests the honor of your presence...

Both parents hosting:

Parents Names 1
with Parents Names 2
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Name
and
Name

Divorced parents hosting:

Charles and Linda Miller
with Rachel M. Wood
invite you...

THE DATE

Saturday, the seventeenth of May
Two thousand and eight
At half past four in the afternoon

LOCATION DETAILS

We suggest listing the location but not the street address, unless your wedding is being held at a residence.

CLOSING LINE

Reception to follow
Reception to follow at The Place
Dinner and dancing to follow
Dinner, dancing and eternity to follow

RSVP Cards

The favor of a reply is requested by June 16, 2012.

M ____________________

___ Accepts with pleasure / Accepts / Can't wait!
___ Declines with regrets / Regrets / Can't come!

We look forward to celebrating with you. Please reply by June 16, 2012.

Or a blank box for a message of the guest's choice.

AND IN OUR OPINION...

Don't mention the registry specifics anywhere. Provide those details on your website only.
List the website anywhere but on the invitation itself. An insert card is perfect for this, but not your actual invitation.