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How to Word Wedding Invitations

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 4.13.52 PM Invitation by 48 Savvy Sailors, Photo by Elizabeth Messina

While your first thought when it comes to your wedding invitation might be what it will look like, what it says is just as important. The etiquette behind wording an invitation depends on a whole list of details, from who’s hosting (read: paying) to whether the ceremony is religious or secular to whether your parents are divorced and remarried. Who knew?

Thankfully, we’ve got the fabulous team over at Hello!Lucky to help you navigate all the options. Here are six of the most common variations, but if these don’t quite fit your situation, you can find even more in my All the Essentials Wedding Planner!

Who’s Hosting: The Bride’s Parents Style: Formal The Ceremony: Religious The Reception: Separate Location

Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter

Joan Evelyn to Adam James Walker

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

The First Presbyterian Church 1333 3rd Street Cumberland Island, Georgia

and afterward at a reception Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

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Who’s Hosting: The Bride’s Parents Style: Formal The Ceremony: Secular The Reception: Same Location

Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

Joan Evelyn to Adam James Walker

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

Reception to follow

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Who’s Hosting: The Bride’s Parents Style: Informal The Ceremony: Secular The Reception: Same Location

Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall invite you to share in the celebration of the marriage of their daughter

Joan Evelyn to Adam James Walker

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

Dinner and dancing to follow

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Who’s Hosting: The Couple Style: Formal The Ceremony: Secular The Reception: Same Location

Joan Evelyn Marshall and Adam James Walker

invite you with great pleasure to celebrate their marriage

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

Reception to follow

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Who’s Hosting: The Couple Style: Casual The Ceremony: Secular The Reception: Same Location

Together with their parents Joan Evelyn Marshall and Adam James Walker

invite you to share in the joy of their wedding day

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

Dinner and dancing to follow

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Who’s Hosting: Same Sex Couple Style: Formal The Ceremony: Secular The Reception: Same Location (Note: Most sample wording can be adapted to same sex marriages.)

Patrick Edward McClellan and Adam James Walker

invite you to share our joy and support our love as we are united in the commitment of marriage

Saturday, the twenty-second of June two thousand fourteen at half past four in the afternoon

Greyfield Inn 4048 Bright Highway Cumberland Island, Georgia

Dinner and dancing to follow