What to Say in the Wedding Invitation Message | BG Bridal Gallery

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Finding the right words to write in wedding invitations is just quite simple. You just have to figure out the rules much like wedding planning by figuring out how to strategically break the words. Your wedding invitation message should make you and your partner happy, the kind of wording that describes both of your personalities. And also, the wordings that make up your wedding invitations could be a medium where you unpack all the family drama, like how it happens sometimes.


Also, let your creativity mask see what's truly essential in wedding invitation messages. Let those creative juices in your imagination but don’t let that tendency to be overdone because the true purpose of the invitation might be overwhelmed. You guys, it doesn't really matter if it's simple or over the top creative as long as the basic pieces of information are there. Like who you are, what you are doing and when and where you are doing it. The way you share that information can express the kind of values you have and the theme of the wedding.

So it's really simple by definition of an invitation, it's just the passing of an information to another. As that is satisfied, let creativity soar its limits. As we might have observed from wedding invitation messages, it has a template. But those rules could be bent depending upon the formality of the invitation. But essential wordings must not be forgotten. These basic and important wordings in a wedding invitation message are as follows:


This part of the wedding invitation is the first line of the message. Here is where the invited would know who's hosting the wedding. Do you know that in past times, the bride's family would always host the wedding and thus pay for it? Good thing that tradition is long gone. In this line, both the parents of the groom and the bride could be listed as hosts. If ever you have more than a set of parents you can write them all if you wanted to. You could only just include one set parents as host – either of the groom or the bride’s parents. This line need not be specific as well. You could just write this line more general, like "Together with their families".


Really this line should be an honor you bestow in a way that makes you feel comfortable. The names are not listed based on who pays more or who paid it all. Generally, this part is particularly used to honor the living. But the deceased are not excluded. A common way of honoring the dead is to put alongside the name of a relative (the bride or the groom) of the dead. For example: "Samantha Collins, daughter of Matilda Collins" or "Samantha Collins, daughter of Matilda Collins and the late Ben Collins".



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This line of the wedding invitation message is the part where you actually invite people. There is a more specific wording that is used like, "the pleasure of your company" and "the honor of your presence" is used to denote traditionally, a secular and a religious service, respectively. But you could just use any phrase you want. Feel free to set the tone of your invitation, like "(insert name here or “We”) invite you to share their/our joy as..." to "Want you to come with us and join us in this wonderful day of our lives". This part really isn't complicated, this is just the part you ask people to join you.


This part of the wedding invitation message seems all simple until you start thinking about the details. It is really mind-boggling on whose name goes first. Well, traditionally, the honor belongs to the bride but what if both are brides or all grooms. Writing both last names or just one last name or no last name can all be applied. There are no right or wrong in here.



This line of the wedding invitation message is the "what" part. What are you inviting them to share with? Though traditionally "At the marriage of their daughter" is used when the bride's parents are hosting, but your phrase could also be "As the celebration of their marriage," "As they exchanged vows of love and commitment," or "As they finally tie the knot."



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At this part, you might want to stick to the basics because you want people to actually come to your wedding right? The time, date and location are very important and not even one of those details must be neglected. I think it’s kind of embarrassing to miss out to mention the date of your wedding in the wedding invitation, right? And I could already imagine the face-palm gesture you'll be making as the person you invited asks through the phone for the missing details.


"Cake, punch, and revelry to follow" will make a good phrase for this line of your guests will not be expecting to be served a full meal. Basically, this part is where you state what comes after the wedding. "Dinner and dancing to follow" or inform them of a time gap and a location change with the phrase "Party to follow at (time) at (the location change)." Setting the tone for celebration is the time to get creative. You could just say "Wild celebration to follow," "Join us for an intimate dinner following...” Your creativity on constructing words and phrases could really make a difference and set the mood for the invitation.

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