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Wedding invitation wording that won't make you barf

I just got engaged, and I'm already freaking out about invitation wording.

The wedding is being hosted by the groom and I, and it would be completely unlike us to just include the traditional "First-name Middle-name Last-name and First-name Middle-name Last-name request the pleasure of your blah blah blah."

All that old fashioned formal talk makes me want to barf — it's just not us! We need more fun, more personality, and less stodgyness.

Help? —Lisette

First, congratulations on your engagement, and welcome to Offbeat Bride! We're all about celebrating couples who venture off the beaten aisle, and we're super excited to help you scheme.

Now, let's dork out about wedding invitation wording. If you think using your full names is traditional, I hate to think what you'd think of ye olde "Mr. and Mrs. Smith invite you to join them in a celebration of love as their daughter, Bride, is united in marriage to Mr. Groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brown."

For couples planning formal weddings, that kind of traditional wording makes sense — but for the rest of us? It feels like putting on someone else's coat. A little stiff, and a lot uncomfortable.

But never fret. I've got some quick tips and examples of wedding invitation wording that feels like your favorite old t-shirt — but, you know, a little fancier. Here are our tips…

More non-barfy advice:

Your best bet with wedding invitation wording is to just stay basic — not necessarily formal, but simple and easy to understand. Guests often skim invites, and if you get too cutesy, clever, or longwinded, you increase the likelihood that someone will get confused. And remember: especially if you're having a nontraditional wedding, you want to minimize confusion… because you're going to be maximizing disorientation. ce of flair tossed in.

The biggest mistake most couples make is forgetting to help their guests know what to do next. Always make sure you end with a call to action, telling your guests to RSVP or go to your wedding website. (Ooh, speaking of which — did you know we do free wedding websites with bad-ass, totally non-froofy templates? Yeah, we do.)

We've collected some of our favorite offbeat wedding invitation wording examples from the Offbeat Bride Tribe, our private wedding planning community. We divided them by who's paying for the wedding, since much of the "choose your own adventure" of wedding invitation wording comes down to finances…

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them
Loved and encouraged them,

We, MomName and DadName LastName
And OtherMomName and OtherDadName LastName
Ask you to join us in honoring our children

Lady LastName
And
Gent LastName

As they celebrate the beginning of their adventures together
Date and location

Bring your dancing shoes
dinner and music immediately following ceremony

Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Girl & Dr. Jim Boy
call for the contentment of your company
at the marriage of

Mysi Girl & Craig Boy

on Saturday, the eleventh of July, two-thousand & nine at half-past five in the evening
Location
Dress as you wish, dine as you like, dance as you please

further details & a few cute photos at wedding website

RSVP postcard wording:

Please join us for dinner, dancing & dalliance!
Kindly RSVP by date

  1. attending: ______

name(s): ______________
_______________________

Please choose one:
__ accept with pleasure
__ decline with regret
__ accept with regret
__ decline with pleasure

Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.

Advice

by HOUAintSeenNthnYet

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And who is to determine what is "correct" and what is not? You probably think a dollar dance is "incorrect" while down where I'm from it's not uncommon or frowned upon...so which is "correct"?
And I know that things you do on an invitation can be taken as rude but if you live your life constantly worrying about what others think it's just no way to live...in my opinion.
I had a wedding situation very similar to the OP

Engagement parties  — Iowa State Daily
If it is a fancy venue, then it may be appropriate to have a black-tie event, but if it is a casual venue, it is not necessary to wear something so fancy as a ball-gown or a tuxedo.

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