You could have the most gorgeous invites ever, but when it comes down to it, they need to be as informative as possible. They need to spell out all essential wedding info such as who’s getting married, who is hosting and where, when and what time the ceremony will take place. In reality, wedding invitation wording is a place where you might want to get creative, but not too creative because they need to convey the basic information. Here, we will break down each line and what they should typically say.
The Invitation Lines
This is where you will want to actually invite people. “The honor of your presence” is traditionally used for a religious service while “The pleasure of your company” is used to denote a secular one. This is the part where you want to ask people to join you, so set the tone with anything from “Invite you to share their joy as” to “Want you to come party with us when…”
This line seems pretty self-explanatory...until you start thinking about the details. Whose name will go first? Do you list both last names, or one last name, or no last names? There are no right or wrong answers here, but good questions to keep in mind when you get to this section of a wedding invitation.
What are you inviting people to share in. Now traditionally, with the bride’s parents hosting, this line will read something like “At the marriage of their daughter.” but your line could also read as “At the celebration of their marriage,” or “As they exchange vows of love and commitment,”
This is the one line where we advise you to stick to the basics, since you want people to actually attend the wedding. Time, date, location should be all listed--though the address doesn’t have to be, assuming it’s an easy location to find!
What happens after the wedding? This is both your time to get celebratory and your time to give guests a solid idea of what is to be expected. You can use this line to get creative and set the tone for the celebration. “Wild celebration to follow” or “Join us for an intimate dinner following…”. When it comes to the party line, the sky really is the limit.