Top Tips On How to word a Catholic Wedding Invitation In Various circumstances including templates
Wedding Invitation Wording For Special Circumstances
By Tim Kilroy
There are as many wedding circumstances as there are brides and grooms, and how to express the nuances of your wedding in your invitation can be really tricky. Follow the guide below to create a properly worded wedding invitation that is both accurate and follow proper etiquette.
Roman Catholic Wedding
The wording for a Roman Catholic wedding will vary slightly, and may include the phrase “Nuptial Mass” if the ceremony will be part of a Catholic service. It is helpful to guests to include this phrase since a Nuptial Mass lasts approximately one hour, longer than the typical marriage ceremony.
Invitations to Hispanic wedding celebrations may be issued in either English
or Spanish, and many couples provide both, on the two inner pages of a folded invitation. Both sets of parents are usually included in the wording, with the bride’s parents’ names always listed first.
The Bridal Couple As Hosts
If the bride’s parents are both deceased, or if the bride and groom are older or marrying for the second time, the couple may choose to issue the invitations themselves. The use of “Miss” versus “Ms.” before the bride’s name is based on personal preference and may depend on whether or not this is the bride’s first marriage.
Including The Groom’s Parents As Hosts
If the groom’s parents assume a large portion of the wedding expenses, their names may be included, with both sets of parents’ names at the very beginning of the invitation. This makes it clear that both families are issuing the invitation.
Including The Groom’s Parents
If you simply wish to include the groom’s parents’ names on the invitation, no matter what the circumstances or financial contribution, the bride’s parents are still noted first as the official hosts, with the groom’s parents assuming the second position. If the groom’s parents’ names are short enough, the words “son of” can be included on the same line as their names so that the names of the bride and groom stand out more.
Including The Groom’s Parents When Divorced
To include the groom’s parents in a place of honor when they are divorced. The groom’s mother’s name appears first, using her remarried name (if appropriate) and the groom’s father is second.
Divorced Parents of Bride Hosting Together
If the bride’s parents are divorced but enjoy an amicable relationship (even if one has remarried), they may issue the invitations together. The mother’s name always appears first.
Hosted By One Parent
A wedding may be hosted by only one parent if the other is deceased or if the parents are divorced. In this case, the parent issues the invitation alone and the word “his” or “her” is added in place of “their” in the request line.
Wedding Invitation that includes Reception Wording
If you plan to invite all your guests to both the ceremony and reception and you choose not to send a separate reception card, the reception information may be included on the invitation.
Invitation To The Reception Only
If it is a second marriage or if the ceremony itself is small or limited only to family, guests may be invited to just the reception afterwards.
Reception Held At A Later Date
A couple may be honored with a reception at a later date, especially if they have a destination wedding attended by only family, or if they are not able to hold the reception immediately due to business reasons or other logistics. If held on another day, it is not called a wedding reception but simply a party or reception in honor of the couple.
Wedding at the Home of Friends or Relatives
The invitation wording for a wedding at home should include the full address, and the phrase “at the residence of” if the event is being held at the home of friends or relatives.
Wedding at the Bride’s Parents Home
If a couple chooses to marry at the bride’s parents’ home, the address is all the location information you need to include. Remember that for ceremonies that are not held in houses of worship, the phrase “pleasure of your company” is used rather than “the honour of your presence”.
Second Wedding With Children Hosting
For a second marriage, if the bride and groom have older children who would like to issue the invitations, the wording is as follows, listing the bride’s children first, from oldest to youngest, and then the groom’s children. When the children are hosting, honorifics are not used for the bride’s and groom’s names.
There are thousands of other variations that can come up, but these tend to be the most common issues for wedding invitations. Follow these suggestions, and your wedding invitations will be perfect…just like your wedding day.
Tim Kilroy is a writer living in Boston who has sent out wedding invitations only once, but it was the best time he has ever had at the post office
Wedding Invitation Wording Samples to Use When the Bride and Groom Are Inviting
One of the most important steps in the process of ordering your wedding invitations is writing the wedding invitation wording.
Formal wedding invitations should follow proper wedding invitation etiquette.
All invites, whether formal, casual or traditional or non-traditional should include the following:
- Bride’s and Groom’s full names (including middle names for formal invites)
Day and date of the wedding
The year should be written out on the next line following the date
Time of the wedding
Location of the wedding (formal wedding invitations usually just include the name of the church or building, while less formal or casual wedding invitations might also include the street address)
City and State (do not include zip code)
Those are the essentials, the things that you absolutely MUST include in your wedding invitation wording. Other than that, you can be very creative with the rest of the wording. If you are having a non-traditional wedding, do not feel like you must follow all of the rules of etiquette. You can add a favorite poem, scripture or verse. Or you could write something to reflect your own personal story of how you met and why you are getting married. You could even use a verse that relates to the season in which you are getting married.
Some other things you must think about when writing your wedding invitation wording are things like:
- Who is doing the inviting. (Bride’s parents, Bride’s and Groom’s parents, Bride and Groom, Children of Bride and Groom, etc.)
If the Bride’s or Groom’s parents are deceased
If the Bride’s or Groom’s parents are divorced
If it is a second (or third or fourth) marriage
If the wedding is being held in a Church or at a Home or other non-church location
Here are some samples of wedding invitation wording where the Bride and Groom are doing the inviting:
With joyous hearts
we invite you to attend
the wedding of
LaJune Nashea Hamilton
Donovan Ramond Williamson
Saturday, the twenty-fifth of April
Two thousand and ten
at five thirty in the evening
215 Mandalay Canal
Please join us
for a celebration of
Love, friendship, laughter, and family
Join their hands in holy matrimony
Saturday, August 22
two thousand and ten
at six o’clock in the evening
Windy Road Ranch
Together With Their Parents And Family
Ryan Jacob Dominguez
Request The Honour Of Your Presence
As They Join Hands In Holy Matrimony
Saturday, The Twenty-First Of November
Two Thousand And Nine
At One O’clock In The Afternoon
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Because you have shared in
by your friendship and love we,
Nicole Bernadette Cypert
Nicholas Thomas Jacobson
together with our parents
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows
on Friday, the ninth of May
two thousand eleven
at five o’clock in the evening
Paradise Country Club
You are invited to a celebration
of the beginning of our new life together
as Mari D’Lynn Martin
Colton Jeremy Jamison
are united as husband and wife
Friday, the twenty-seventh of March
two thousand and ten
at two o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
Jersey City, New Jersey
We joyfully invite you to our wedding celebration.
On this day we will marry the one
we laugh with, live for, dream with, and love.
Kathryn Marie Longbotham
Miles David Thornton
at seven o’clock in the evening
on Friday, June twenty-sixth
two thousand and ten
The honor of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Allysa Lauren Montgomery,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Montgomery
Bodie Todd Forseman
son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Forseman
Sunday, the eleventh of August
Two thousand and eleven
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Again, these are just samples of wedding invitation wording. Brides and grooms can get creative and create their own unique wording for their wedding invitation. But these are the basics. If the wedding is more casual, rather than formal, the wording on the wedding invitation can be more casual as well and does not necessarily have to follow all of the proper wedding invitation etiquette rules. One thing to keep in mind though, is that most people are constantly in a hurry and tend to skim whatever they are reading. So, you might want to keep your wording fairly basic.
Tip: Make sure to get someone who has never seen your wedding invitation before to proof read the final copy. They will often find errors which you have missed because you have become too familiar with the wording. Ask them to check the date with a calendar to make sure the date is correct. They should also check for spelling errors as well as grammar. Have them read it out loud to see if everything flows and makes sense.
JoDitt Williams, is an invitation designer and the owner of Joyful Heart Design, an online custom wedding invitation boutique. JoDitt invites you to visit her website to view samples of her contemporary, colorful, delightfully unique, and totally customizable wedding invitations. JoDitt delights in helping her customers create the wedding invitation of their dreams. Please visit to view her gallery of invitations that are sure to get lots of “oohs” and “aahs.”
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