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How To Word Your Wedding Invitations


Planning • 2nd March 2018
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Wedding invitations are a fantastic first opportunity to set the tone for your wedding. It’s the first physical thing (besides Save The Dates, if you send them) that your guests will see, and is a chance to introduce them to your wedding day style. How you choose to word your wedding invitations plays a key role in this introduction.

The wording of a wedding invitation can indicate two important things; how formal the day is going to be, and who is hosting the wedding.

If guests receive a formally worded invitation, they are likely to expect a traditional, formal wedding (read: hat wedding!). If, on the other hand, guests receive an informally written, quirky invitation, they are likely to expect something a little more relaxed. 

Traditionally, as the parents of the Bride were expected to host the wedding, invitations would be written by and sent from them. Nowadays, however, it’s far more common for the couple to host themselves, and so it’s not necessary to include any parents in the invitation unless you’d really like to. 

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When it comes to wording your invitations, there are no longer any particular rules to follow, but there are certain elements which you probably will include: 

1. Who's hosting the wedding 

2. Who's getting married

3. Where

4. When

The exact words, order and style you choose to present this information are entirely up to you!

If, however, you’d like a bit of guidance and inspiration, here are some suggested ways to word your wedding invitations, demonstrated on the beautiful, customisable wedding invitation templates available on Vistaprint.  

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 1. Bride's parents hosting (formal)

Mr & Mrs N Trevitt

Request the pleasure of your company at the wedding of their daughter, 

Miss Eleanor Louise

To 

Mr Matthew Langton

Twelfth of July two thousand and twenty

Two o’clock in the afternoon

St James’ Church, Willingham

Followed by dinner and dancing 

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 2. Couple and both sets of parents hosting (semi-formal)

Together with their families

Eleanor Trevitt, and Matthew Langton 

Invite you to join them at the celebration of their marriage

Twelfth of July 2020

Two o’clock in the afternoon

St James’ Church, Willingham

Merriment to follow 

 3. Both sets of parents hosting (informal)

Annie and John Trevitt and Laura and William Langton

Invite you to join them in celebrating the marriage of their children,

Eleanor and Matthew

12th July 2020

Two o'clock in the afternoon

St James’ Church, Willingham

Followed by dinner and dancing at The County Hotel

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4. Couple hosting (semi-formal)

Eleanor and Matthew

Invite you to join them in celebrating their marriage

Saturday 12th July 2020

2 o'clock in the afternoon

St James' Church, Willingham

Followed by dinner and dancing at The County Hotel

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5. Couple hosting (informal, fun)

Ellie and Matt

Invite you to join them as they tie the knot!

12th July 2020

2pm

St James' Church, Willingham

And afterwards at The County Hotel

Let's party!

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Vistaprint's range of Wedding Invitations (and all the other wedding stationery you could possibly need!) is a fantastically stylish and affordable solution for your wedding. With hundreds of pre-made designs you can edit and customise, it's like having bespoke wedding stationery for a fraction of the cost.

We especially love how you can choose from a variety of different finishes for your designs. From a slightly textured 'linen finish' effect to a 'premium glossy' - you are entirely in control!

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If you're feeling particularly creative, you can even upload your own designs which Vistaprint will then print for you, giving you complete freedom and flexibility to create your dream wedding stationery suite. 

Start exploring Vistaprint's affordable wedding stationery range here.