Paris Navy Wedding Invitations

Paris Navy Wedding Invitations

Traditionally the bride’s parents would be responsible for hosting the wedding therefore they would be responsible for sending out a formally written invitation. But in this day and age things just aren’t that simple… gone are the days when boy meets girl, they fall in love and get married in a local church followed a simple reception paid for by mum and dad and live happily ever after!

Nowadays there are many different ways to word your wedding invitations depending on who is hosting the wedding, your family situation, whether you are having a traditional church wedding or a more informal event. You may choose to stick to a more formal tone if you are having a big white wedding or your could opt to include a poem or fun and playful wording if you feel this better reflects your personality. But just remember, whatever your circumstances don’t stress! Take a look through our wedding invitation wording tips and use them as guide to write your very own, personal, wedding invitation.

Who is Hosting the event?
If the bride’s parents are hosting the ceremony your first line would be their names, either their titles and surnames:
eg. Mrs. and Mr. Arthur Domakin
or their full names
eg. Jenny and Arthur Domakin

If both sets of parents are contributing to the event then you would use both their names, either their titles and surnames or their full names:
eg. Mrs. and Mr. Arthur Domakin
and
Mrs. and Mr. James Dooley

If you are hosting the wedding yourself your first line would be your own names:
e.g. Ms Clare Louise Domakin and Mr Liam Paul Prowse
Alternatively you can take a more informal approach and sign off your wedding invitation with your name names as you would a letter.

If you are hosting the wedding yourself but you wish to acknowledge your parents, or if you are all contributing to the wedding you may say:
Together with their parents / Together with their families

If the brides parents are divorced but hosting the wedding together you would write both your parents full names:
e.g. Mrs. Jane Domakin
and
Mr. Arthur Domakin
Or if the brides parents are divorced and hosting together with their new partners:
e.g. Mrs. and Mr. Kyle
and
Mrs. and Mr. Domakin

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The Request
If your ceremony if being held in a place of worship then the traditional wording is:
Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter / At the marriage of their children / at their marriage
If you are having a civil ceremony or simply prefer a less formal tone, rather than ‘honour of your presence’, you might use any of the following for the second line of your invitation:

Invite you to join them to celebrate the marriage of their daughter/ the marriage of their children / their marriage
Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter/ the marriage of their children / their marriage
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter/ the marriage of their children / their marriage
Would love you to join them to celebrate the marriage of their daughter/ the marriage of their children / their marriage

A more informal invitation wording may take the form of:
Invite you to come laugh, dance drink and celebrate the wedding of our daughter/ our children / our wedding
or
This day I will marry my best friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, love
we wish for the presence of your friendship,
as we exchange our vows
Or if this is your second marriage the following wording may be quite nice to acknowledge the new start you are making together:
Invite you to share in their love and happiness, as they exchange their vows and begin their new life together

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The Bride and Groom – how to write your names?
Traditionally the brides name is written first using her Christian and middle names then the grooms name using his title and surname:
e.g Clare Louise to Mr Liam Paul Prowse
Or more common nowadays you can opt to drop the titles/ surnames:
e.g. Clare Louise to Liam Paul Prowse
or
Clare and Paul

The Children
If you have children and wish to acknowledge them in your invitation here you could write:
Together with their daughter, Chloe
The Time and Date
On a traditional invitation the time and date would be written in full:
On Saturday, the twenty-seventh of July
Two thousand and fourteen
At twelve-thirty in the afternoon
It is acceptable to use numbers too nowadays:
On Saturday 27th July 2014 at 12:30pm

The Place
It is always a good idea to write the location of your church as there may be a number of churches with similar names locally and it would be a disaster for your guests to show up at the wrong one. If you have a separate directions card you could simply include the village or town of the venue and include the precise address on your directions insert:
St Mary’s Church, Knutsford

The Party
If your reception is immediately after the ceremony you could write:
A dinner reception will follow the ceremony
at the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford
or if the reception is not immediately after the ceremony you should include the time:
A dinner reception will take place at 6pm
at the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford
If you are not having a traditional sit down dinner you could inform your guests by writing something like:
And afterwards for drinks and dancing
at the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford
or
A champagne reception will follow the ceremony
at the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford

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Extra Details
You could include extra information at this point especially if you are not having an extra insert card. For example if your venue closes at midnight you can let you guests know by writing:
Carriages at 12 midnight

The reply
Always ask your guests to RSVP so you know how many to expect. It is a good idea to include a date by which you would like your replies returned by so you can make your final arrangements and confirm your final numbers to your caterer, venue and stationer.
RSVP by 20th June 2014
Remember to include an a name and address for the replies to be sent to (this would normally be the brides parents if they are hosting or the couple themselves if not) – you may include a self-addresses envelope with your reply card instead of printing the address on the invitation itself.