Samples of wedding invitations

When the bride’s parents invite:

Mr. and Mrs. Jones
require the honour of your presence
at their daughter’s wedding
Sarah Jones
with
John Smith …

 


 

When the bride’s parents invite together with the groom’s parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Jones
require the honour of your presence
at their daughter’s wedding
Sarah Jones
with 
John Smith
son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith…

 


 

When both parents invite:

Mr. and Mrs. Jones
with
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
require the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Sarah Jones
with
John Smith …

 


 

When bride and groom decide to honour a deceased relative:

Mrs. Kate Jones
requires the honour of your presence
at her daughter’s wedding
Sarah Jones,
also daughter of the deceased Mr. Peter Jones,
with
John Smith
son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith or
(son of Mr. Tom Smith and of the deceased Mrs. Mary Smith)

or,

Sarah Jones
daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Jones
(or daughter of Mrs. Kate Jones and of the deceased Mr. Peter Jones)
and
John Smith
son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith
(or son of Mrs. Mary Smith and of the deceased Mr. Tom Smith)
require the honour of your presence …

 


When both bride’s parents invite, but they are divorced:

Mr. Ted Ryan
and
Mrs. Allison Kidman with
Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson
require the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Anna Ryan with
Samuel Clarkson…

 


 

When the bride’s stepfather invites along with the mother:

Mr. Ralph Brooks and Mrs. Emma Dunn
require the honour of your presence
at their daughter’s wedding
Gabriela Dunn
with
Jack Carson…

 


 

An invitation made by the bride and groom for the wedding and the reception:

We require the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Gabriela Dunn
with
Jack Carson
Saturday, the seventh of April, at St. John’s Church, and
later on for the reception at Hotel Grévia…
RSVP

Note: For less formal weddings the phrase “We require the honour of your presence” might be replaced by “We invite you for the wedding of”. You may start, for example, with: “We would like you to join us to celebrate…” or “We hope you can join us to celebrate…”, etc. 

 


 

An invitation that reflects your style as a couple might look something like this:

Kerry Washington
and
William Far
invite you to share moments of happiness
on their wedding day…

 


When it’s the couple who invites, but giving the honours to their parents:

Pamela Martin
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin
and
Jack Thompson
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Thompson
require the honour of your presence …

 


 

In case you choose to send a hand written invitation, as an invitation for a more intimate party, or even an e-mail:

Dear Emma and Patrick,
Samuel Edmunds and I will get married on the 5th of June, at 14 o’clock,
at our house, following some cake and champagne.
Please show up and celebrate with us.
Kind regards,
Lisa Smith

 


 

Invitations for the wedding’s reception

Many people prefer to include the information about their wedding reception on the ceremony invitation itself. Nevertheless, there are times when you separate the ceremony invitation from the reception invitation. This happens when the reception takes place on a schedule different from the wedding and when some people are invited for the reception, but not for the ceremony.

It is frequent for divorced parents to split invitations, meaning that one can invite for the reception and the other for the ceremony.

Additionally, the reception invitation may include some information that is not mentioned in the wedding invitation, like the dress code, a morning coat for example. This is a very useful example for reception invitations for those who, for example, wish to have the wedding celebrated at the bride’s birth place and the reception at groom’s birth place.

It is impolite to invite someone for the ceremony and not for the reception!

 

The pleasure of your company is required
at the reception of the wedding of
Patricia Jones
and
David Brody
Saturday, the third of October at eleven o’clock
Place….
(Optional: Requires morning coat)
RSVP
Address

 


 

The Direct Response Card (RSVP)

The direct response card is relatively recent, so it is optional. The fact is that it truly facilitates the answering process. To help knowing whose direct response card it is, write the name of the guest or a number that you associate with the guest. The answer to the invitation without an RSVP card must be given through a hand written letter. But nowadays, who knows how to write a correct answer to an invitation? If you choose not to use a direct response card (RSVP), you should send, along with the invitation, a small personal card with your name and answering contact. This card might start with: “We ask you the favour of answering until the twentieth of April 2006”. You might also choose to write the same on the reception invitation.

In return, the bride must receive a formal answer in the card sent to this purpose. For that, place a stamp on the RSVP card before placing it in the invitation’s envelope.  

Example of a Formal Answer:

Kelly Huntley accepts your invitation with pleasure

for Sunday, the twenty third of June.

or,

Kelly Huntley is sorry for not being able