Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

Before diving into wedding invitation wording examples, let’s discuss wedding invitation wording etiquette. Ensuring your wedding invitation wording includes basic information, such as the time, date, and setting of your wedding is essential. But how you organize that information will depend on who’s hosting the wedding, who’s sending the wedding invitations, and how casual or formal your wedding will be.
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

With so many options, ranging from formal wedding invitation wording to casual wedding invitation wording and everything in between, figuring out how to word wedding invitations can be a challenge. If you’re struggling to determine how casual or formal to make your invitations or which words to use, let this list of wedding invitation wording ideas and samples help you find the perfect text for your wedding invitations.
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

If you are having a non-traditional wedding, there's no reason to use traditional wedding invitation wording. While you should still make sure to include all the details of who, when (time and date), what, and where, you can then use your creativity to make your wedding invitation wording reflects your personality as well as accurately depicts the wedding itself. Use these wedding invitation wording samples as a guide.
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

If you’re not a fan of traditional wedding invitation wording, evoke a giggle or two from guests while filling them on your big day details with any of these cute, funny wedding invitation wording examples. Add them to a cute wedding invitation design or make your own wedding invitations that matches your wording’s tone perfectly on WeddingPaperie.com.
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

Remember: especially if you're having a nontraditional wedding, your nontraditional wedding invitations wording needs to focus on minimizing confusion… because you're going to be maximizing disorientation. I vote for straightforward wording, with maybe one little piece of flair tossed in. Your wedding might confuse more traditional guests — don't let your invitation wording be confusing too!
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

The style of your wedding will set the tone for your wedding invitation wording. More formal and traditional affairs are best kept to formal language in the invitation. It gives guests an idea of what to expect on the day. If it is a less formal occasion, you have scope to be a bit more cheeky or inventive with your wording – in fact, the possibilities are endless.
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Informal Wedding Invitation Wording

Use the destination wedding invitation wording examples below to find the perfect way to phrase your invites. Find more destination wedding invitation stationery ideas in this Destination Wedding Buying Guide: Invitations, Save the Dates, Etiquette, & More post.
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The Host LinE: The first line of wedding invitation wording  is where you list who’s hosting the wedding, which is something of a philosophical question. In times past, the bride’s family always hosted (and paid for) the wedding. Thankfully, those days are done. Hosting the wedding is, in the end, a (mostly meaningless) honor that you get to choose how to pass out. Both (or all) your sets/singles of parents can be listed as hosts. If you have five sets of parents and you want to list them all—list them all. One set of parents might be listed as hosts. You can host the wedding yourself, in which case the lines are reversed “Terry and Renee invite you to…” or the host line is omitted entirely. You can also make the host line more general “Together with their families.”
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Once upon a time, there wasn't much variation in the wording of wedding invitations. Since the bride's parents were usually paying for everything, the invites said that they requested the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter. These days, with divorce, blended families, nontraditional families, and any and all of the above helping to pay for it, wedding invitation wording has gotten complicated!
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We’ve put together the most basic version of invitation wording to get you started. Feel free to play around with this for a less formal wedding, especially since the language used can make a big difference to how the invitation sounds. While ‘request the honour of your presence’ is okay for a formal event, ‘invite you to share in the wedding celebration of’ might be more your style.
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In reality, wedding invitation wording is a place where you might want to get creative… but not TOO creative. No matter what beautiful form they come in (old fashioned post, email, on a balloon, sent by a flock of pigeons, unrolled as a poster) they still need to convey some basic information. Who are you? What are you doing? When and where are you doing it? How you share that information can express everything from your values, to the kind of wedding you’re going to have, to your artistic taste. But an invitation still is, in its most basic form, a simple means of passing along information. Nothing more, nothing less. (So tell your mom to calm down.)
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Because of that, the conventional structure of wedding invitation wording samples can be a helpful starting point. Here is a general outline of how the wedding invitation often breaks down, with specific examples to follow.
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Ours was a poly wedding with three people, and I was anxious about calling it a “wedding” officially for a long time because it wasn't legally binding, just a celebration ceremony for us. So our invitations don't actually mention “wedding” or “marriage” at all. Of course, I was also anxious people wouldn't realise it WAS a wedding, so we included a little FAQ sheet with a few clarifications. So our invitation wording was:
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I mean, come up with wording that makes you and your partner happy, and causes minimal family stress. Because for whatever reason, family (being family) sometimes uses wedding invitation wording as a flashpoint to unpack allll the family drama.
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“With gratitude and joy, the Smith(bride’s last name) and Jones(groom’s last name) families invite you to celebrate the marriage of Emily Jeanette & Benjamin Joel on Saturday, July xx, 2015, at 4 pm, Community Church in Smalltown, Oregon. Reception to follow at Village Church, Smalltown, Oregon.” We loved starting with “with gratitude and joy”. We also loved how we chose to say: “The Smith and Jones families invite you”. I know it’s traditional, but I just didn’t love the idea of it being clear who is paying or who is paying the most in the invitation. Our parents all chipped in and so did we, and they all chipped in what they could (which varied, but was equally meaningful). Also, my parents are divorced and re-partnered, but in the re-partnering everyone kept their last names. That is a heck of a lot of last names to include on an invitation. Also, the way my parents’ marriages and my relationships with my stepparents work, my stepmom really should be named, but my stepdad less so (and wouldn’t have wanted to be), but I can’t name my dad and stepmom and then just my mom and not my stepdad… (any kids of divorced parents want to give an amen here?! and my parental units all really get along, so we’re pretty lucky). SO- Having “With gratitude and joy, the Smith and Jones families invite you” feels so perfect. My stepmom and stepdad are both included in the wider “Smith family”, even with different last names (as are my stepsiblings, who have an entirely different last name!). My fiance and I are also included in our families! We didn’t say “of their children” because we are also inviting, and our siblings are part of it, etc… I really didn’t expect wedding invite wording to be such a THING! But, I love our solution. Emily
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Below are some common situations, and the appropriate wedding invitation wording for each. Keep in mind that you can adapt this language to suit your event. Modern couples may choose to add opening statements such as “With Joy in Their Hearts,” or may choose to change the traditional “request the honor of your presence at the marriage” to something like “invite you to be a special part of the wedding of” or even “Come laugh, dance, dine, and celebrate our wedding”.