How to word wedding invitations...

Wedding Invitation Wording Guide

Wedding invitation wording example

A guide to announcing your big day

You have booked your venue, chosen your dream dress or suit and perhaps chosen your wedding menu and created your guest list for one of the biggest days in your life. You are now ready to announce your wedding day to all your guests with your ideal wedding invitations matching your wedding theme perfectly, but how do you word wedding invitations and what do you include?

 We have included a guide below with some information on wording ideas and the do's and don't. 

Formal wedding, for instance a religious wedding

In keeping with formalities you can have the bride’s parents invite your guests however more commonly, couple’s use ‘Together with their families’. Almost all weddings then use ‘request the pleasure of your company to celebrate their marriage’ but this can be customised for other events and instead of marriage you can put civil ceremony or vow renewal. 

 Informal weddings, for instance weddings with no religious denomination

These weddings can be worded much more casually and lots of couple use ‘would love to invite’ or ‘Join us to celebrate’. There is no specific etiquette for informal weddings and you can have lots of fun with the wording. You can be as informal as ‘She asked, he said yes and we would love for you to come and join us’.

 Bride or groom’s name first….

Traditionally the brides name goes first and that’s true of informal weddings too but either way is fine to use and no one will raise an eyebrow. If you are having a same sex marriage, then choose whatever sounds the best or personal preference.

 Location, location, location...

It’s always a good idea to include the whole address but if you have a tech savvy or local guest list why not just give venue and postcode. That way everyone can find it using their satnav. Some couples also like to include a map if it's off road but this is optional and is more of a design feature.

 Date & time…

Crucially do not forget the date and time. We would recommend giving the start time 15 or 30 minutes before the actual start time to make sure everyone arrives on time. There's always one that's late and they will be releived to be 10 minutes late and find the ceremony hasn't started. You can write the date in full i.e. Thirtieth of August Two Thousand and Twenty-One or you can be a little more informal i.e. Saturday, 21st August 2021 or just number 21.08. 22. This option could be more down to the style of wedding invitation you choose.

 Evening Reception

 If your wedding reception venue is different from the ceremony venue, then same rules apply as the location advice. However, if it’s the same simply word it, followed by a reception.

 Other sections to include…

Gift wish poems are great to politely ask for money rather than boxed gifts and we have included a few further down under wedding wording templates.

Accommodation and transport options are also great to include especially if many of your guest aren’t local and would find these very useful.

You may also have menu options for your guests to choose from and our double sided concertina wedding invitations has plenty of room to include these.


The rsvp panel varies from couple to couple. Some would like their guests to formally RSVP as a letter and some would prefer a text. Becoming more popular are wedding websites and we can include this too. We can also include menu options too and a QR code which are becoming increasingly popular.

 Sienna Mai Personalisation form

Our online personalisation form we email after ordering asks all the right questions so we have everything we need to design your invitations for you!  

Here are some carefully selected wedding wish poems

 Poems For Couples Who Already Live Together

As we’ve lived together for a year or two,
We really don’t need anything new.
But if you were thinking of getting us a small wedding gift,
Some money for our future wouldn’t go amiss.
We’re tying the knot and we just can’t wait,
We knew it would happen on our very first date.
As we’ve got our home dressed up with accessories,
We don’t really think that a wedding gift list is necessary.
But if you did want to give something to help us on our way,
Some money in a card would truly make our day!
We haven’t included a gift list in our invite,
As we have everything — it just wasn’t right…
To ask for more things for the life we lead,
When a reliable new car is just what we need!
If you were thinking of a gift for us to start our married life,
some money would make us a very happy husband and wife!

Poems For Couples Buying a New Home

As we’re getting married we thought it would be fun,
To move into a brand new home — we need to get it done.
As wedding gifts are bulky and we’re a little short on space,
Some money would be the ideal gift to help us buy our place!
We’ll soon be saying ‘I Do’,
And for a gift, if you haven’t got a clue,
Then we’d really love some cash,
So that for our home we can splash,
Out on a cosy new bed for two!

Poems For Honeymoon Contributions

We’ve just moved home and have filled it with stuff,
From books to sofas, we’ve certainly got enough!
Instead of more wine glasses, we’d really love some cash,
So that we can book a perfect honeymoon and head off in a dash.
A romantic beach break would really do the trick,
As soon as we can afford it, we’ll be on that plane quick!
We can’t wait to spend our wedding day with you,
We’ve been planning hard and spending money for a good year or two.
As we’re keen to start our married life in style,
An amazing honeymoon would really make us smile.
Instead of a gift list from a high street shop,
We’d really love some money so on a beach we can flop!
Your financial donation would truly mean a lot,
So thank you for contributing to our honeymoon pot!
In order to make our dreams come true,
We’d love to go on a honeymoon for a week or two.
Instead of a dinner set, a vase or a bowl,
A financial contribution would make our wedding experience whole.
We’ve created a bank account to save our honeymoon money,
We really appreciate it, and we can’t wait to go somewhere sunny!
We’ll be husband and wife for the rest of our life,
In our little home made for two.
But instead of a vase or a new kitchen knife,
We’d love to fly off to somewhere new.
A week on a beach would suffice and be ideal,
So instead of a gift, your contribution would help to buy us a hotel room or a romantic meal!
We’re looking forward to seeing you on our very special day,
We hope that it will be perfect in every single way.
As a couple we know that love is all we need forever,
But a honeymoon after our wedding would be great — however…
We’ve not got the money to take this very special trip,
And we hope that you can help us fulfil our dream, whether it be on a plane or a ship!
Some money would really be the perfect gift to give,
Instead of new pots and pans, for the house in which we live!
All the wedding planning has worn us out,
And a dream honeymoon would make us happy, no doubt!
But we’ve got a little problem and we’re wondering if you can help,
We’ve started up a honeymoon fund — any contribution would make us yelp!