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Your Insert Wording

There are many different choices available to you when wording the inserts of your wedding invitation. Although traditional wordings are still very popular, many couples prefer to use their own to perfectly suit their occasion.

If you wish to follow tradition then the wording of the insert is dictated by the formality of your wedding and who the hosts are. A traditionally worded invitation insert follows a set pattern:


  • the invitation is usually written in the third person

  • the time and date should be written first and the venue last

  • titles are used ( eg. Dr, Mrs etc.) Where appropriate

  • 'The honour of your presence' (usually used in religious ceremonies such as a church wedding) or 'The pleasure of your company' is the normal choice of wording (a ceremony in a non-religious venue)

  • the bride's name should appear before the groom's

  • Generally, names, times and places are placed on separate lines


  • For civil partnership ceremonies the wording of the invitation can still follow the traditional pattern but again the couple may prefer to write their own wording.

    However, whether a civil partnership invitation or a wedding invitation, it needs to include all the information that your guests will need:

  • names of the bride's parents or other hosts

  • first name of the bride

  • first name and surname of the bridegroom and his title (Mr/Lieutenant/Sir etc.)

  • where the ceremony is taking place

  • date, month and year of the wedding ceremony

  • location of the wedding reception

  • address to which guests should reply, and a reply date


  • There are other options you may wish to consider, such as:
  • any dress code/theme

  • time guests can expect the day to come to an end

  • whether children are invited


  • This can be a sensitive area, if children are invited this can be made clear on their parents’ invitation, if you leave a child’s name off then you should assume that the parents realise that the child is NOT invited.

    If this is the case parents are usually grateful of a little note explaining the circumstances eg.

    'Much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family'

    'We are sorry we are unable to accommodate children'

    'We have arranged child-minding facilities for the duration of the service and/or reception'.

    The invitations are sent by the hosts of the wedding (traditionally the brides' parents). The wording of your wedding invitation insert becomes slightly more complex if the brides’ parents are no longer married or the hosts are another family member. If you are employing a professional wedding stationer then they will be able to help you with this.

    The list that follows contains many suggestions for the wording of your wedding invitation for many different circumstances. There are also some suggestions for Civil Partnership ceremonies.

    Examples of Insert Wording Texts

    Traditional invitation - Brides parents as hosts
    Mr & Mrs Lewis
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to Harvey John Williams
    son of
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Traditional Wedding Invitation for a Wedding held at a Licensed Venue
    Mr. & Mrs. Lewis
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    son of
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     

    Mr. & Mrs. Lewis
    request the pleasure
    of the company of
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    son of
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Both Sets of Parents Hosting the Wedding
    Mr. & Mrs. Lewis
    and
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of
    Hollie-Jane
    to Harvey John
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Traditional Wedding Invitation to the Evening Reception Only
    Mr. & Mrs. Lewis
    request the pleasure of your company
    at an evening reception to celebrate
    the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Invitation to the Reception Only
    Mr and Mrs Lewis
    request the pleasure of the company of
    at a reception
    at (venue)
    date, month, year
    time
    following the marriage
    of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
     
    Bride's parents separated or divorced
    (but still sharing the same name)

    Mr. Jeremy Lewis
    and
    Mrs. Jane Lewis
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    A divorced parent with their spouse/bride or groom's step parent
    Jane & Tom Brown
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of Jane Brown's daughter
    Hollie-Jane Lewis
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    son of Mr & Mrs Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Jointly hosted by divorced parents
    Mr Lewis
    and
    Mrs Brown
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane Lewis
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    son of
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's parents divorced, mother remarried hosting wedding together
    Mr. Jeremy Lewis
    and
    Mrs. David Cox
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's parents divorced, mother absent or deceased, father remarried
    Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Lewis
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of his daughter
    Holli-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's father absent or deceased, mother remarried
    Mr. & Mrs. David Cox
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of her daughter
    Holli-Jane Lewis
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at St. Mary's Church, Knightsbridge,
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's mother widowed, not remarried
    Mrs. Jeremy Lewis (or Mrs Jane Lewis)
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of her daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's father as host
    Mr Jeremy Lewis
    requests the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of his daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride's parents deceased or absent, groom's parents hosting
    Mr. & Mrs. David Williams
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their son
    Harvey John
    to
    Hollie-Jane Lewis
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Bride and Groom Hosting Their Own Wedding
    Miss (or Ms) Hollie-Jane Lewis
    and
    Mr. Harvey John Williams
    request the pleasure of your company
    at their marriage
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)

    or
    Hollie-Jane Lewis
    and
    Harvey Williams
    request the pleasure of your company
    at their marriage
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Couple with Both Sets Of Parents
    Mr & Mrs Lewis
    and their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    together with
    Mr & Mrs Williams
    and their son
    Harvey John
    request the honour of your presence
    at the wedding of
    Hollie-Janeand
    Harvey John
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    For a reception following a marriage that has already taken place
    (eg the marriage was overseas)
    Mr. & Mrs. David Lewis
    request the pleasure of your company
    at a reception
    following the marriage
    of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    For a Service of Blessing
    Mr and Mrs James Lewis
    Request the pleasure of your company
    At the blessing of the marriage
    of their daughter
    Hollie- Jane
    to Mr Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    For a simple wedding at a register office
    (usually a small gathering followed by a luncheon, not a reception.)
    Mr and Mrs Jeremy Lewis
    Request the pleasure of your company
    At the marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    to
    Mr Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Examples of Informal Wedding Invitations
    Bride and Groom Hosting
    Hollie-Jane Lewis
    And Harvey John Williams
    Invite you to share in their love
    And happiness as they exchange
    Vows of marriage and begin their
    New life together
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)

    Bride's Parents Hosting
    Jeremy and Jane Lewis
    Invite you to share in the
    Love and happiness of the
    Marriage of their daughter
    Hollie-Jane
    To
    Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)
     
    Renewal Of Vows
    Mr and Mrs (married couple's names)
    Request the honour of your presence
    At a ceremony to celebrate
    The renewal of their wedding vows
    On
    (day and date)
    at (time)
    (venue)
     
    Wedding Announcement
    Mr and Mrs (bride's parents names)
    Have the pleasure of announcing
    The marriage of their daughter
    (Bride's name)
    to
    (Grooms name)
    (day and date)
    (Year in words)
    (venue)
     
    Response Card Wording
    I/We would love to attend/will be unable to attend
    The wedding of (bride and groom) on…….

    There could also be options for:

    Selecting a vegetarian or vegan option
    Writing in the total number of family members who will be attending
    Stating whether the guest will be attending both the service and the party/reception afterwards



    ................
    is/are pleased to accept your kind
    invitation to the marriage of your
    Daughter, (bride's Christian names) to
    Mr. (grooms Christian names and surname) on (day and date)
     
    Wedding Hosted by a Relative
    (eg an aunt and uncle)

    Mr and Mrs Matthew Jones
    Request the pleasure of your company
    At the marriage of their niece
    Hollie Jane
    To
    Mr Harvey John Williams
    at (time)
    on date, month, year
    at (venue)

    (the bride's name and surname can be included if it differs from the relatives' surname)
     
    For a Civil Partnership

    With joyfilled hearts
    we are entering our
    civil partnership
    we would love you to join us
    on (date time)
    at (venue)
     
    For a Civil Partnership

    Mr and Mrs Brown
    request the pleasure of the company of
    ………………………………………………
    at the ceremony of
    Sarah
    and
    Jane
    at The Manor House, Wycombe
    on Saturday, 12th October, 2006
    at 2.30pm
    and afterwards for the celebrations
    in the Manor Suite
     
    For a Civil Partnership

    Mr and Mrs Brown
    request the pleasure of the company of
    ………………………………………………
    at the ceremony of
    John
    and
    Philip
    at The Manor House, Wycombe
    on Saturday, 12th October, 2006
    at 2.30pm
    and afterwards for the celebrations
    in the Manor Suite
     
    For a Civil Partnership
    (Evening)

    John and Philip
    have pledged their life long commitment
    to each other
    and would like you to join them
    at an Evening Party
    To celebrate their partnership
    to be held at
    The Manor House, Wycombe
    on Saturday, 16th October 2006
    at 7.30pm
     
    For a Civil Partnership
    (Evening)

    Sarah and Jane
    have pledged their life long commitment
    to each other
    and would like you to join them
    at an Evening Party
    To celebrate their partnership
    to be held at
    The Manor House, Wycombe
    on Saturday, 16th October 2006
    at 7.30pm
     
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