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Bride and Groom Host - Invitation Wording

Today's couples may find themselves playing host to their own wedding. It may be because they are in financial control of their big day, or simply because they want to do things in a more modern fashion. You still have several ways to word an invitation when you and your spouse-to-be play host, including formal and casual options.

A few things to consider:

  • Feel free to list the parents along with the bride and groom as hosts if you'd like to include them.
  • List the bride's name first as you traditionally do for any wedding invitation.
  • Casual invitations offer a lot of room for personalization.

Here are some specific formal and casual examples.

To make these options fit your needs, just change the names, dates and location information. For additional help on creating your wedding invitation wording, be sure to look for the "Make It Yours" information blocks for additional tips.

Formal Options

Catholic Ceremony

Ms. Kathryn Swanson
And
Mr. Douglas Bale
Kindly request the honor of your presence
And your participation in the offering of a Nuptial Mass
As we celebrate our wedding
Saturday, the third of September
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o' clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue – Parents Listed

Together with their parents
Ms. Kathryn Swanson
And
Mr. Douglas Bale
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, the third of September
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o' clock in the afternoon
Vix Dinner Club
Atlanta, Georgia

Dinner and entertainment immediately following ceremony

General Invitation Wording

Ms. Kathryn Swanson
And
Mr. Douglas Bale
Cordially invite you to celebrate
Their nuptials
Saturday, the third of September
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o' clock
Vix Dinner Club
Atlanta, Georgia

Ceremony in a House of Worship – Parents Listed

Together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Swanson &
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Bale
Ms. Kathryn Swanson
And
Mr. Douglas Bale
Kindly request the honour of your presence
At their wedding
Saturday, the third of September
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o' clock in the afternoon
Unified Church of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Make It Yours
  • If a Catholic mass is part of your ceremony, include the following: "and your participation in the offering of a Nuptial Mass".
  • You may omit courtesy titles for everyone on very casual invitations.
  • If you include the parents on the invitation, you may word it as "together with their parents" or "along with their parents."

Casual Options

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

Kathryn Swanson
And
Douglas Bale
Invite you to celebrate
As they exchange marriage vows
And begin a new chapter of their lives together
Saturday, September 3, 2013
4:00 pm
Bountiful Gardens
Atlanta, Georgia

Reception immediately following on garden grounds

General Invitation Wording – Short and Sweet

You are cordially invited as we celebrate our wedding
Kathryn and Douglas are getting married
Saturday, September 3, 2013
4:00 pm
Bountiful Gardens
Atlanta, Georgia

Reception immediately following on garden grounds

General Invitation Wording – Parents Listed

Along with their parents
Allen & Jane Swanson &
Julian & Mary Bale
Kathryn & Douglas
Invite you to their wedding
Saturday, September 3, 2013
4:00 pm
Little Blue Chapel
Atlanta, Georgia

Ceremony in a House of Worship

Kathryn Swanson
And
Douglas Bale
Are getting married!
Please join us as we celebrate our union
Saturday, September 3, 2013
4:00 pm
Peele St. Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Reception to follow

Make It Yours
  • To make things even more casual, you can omit last names for the parents and/or the bride and groom.
  • Even the most casual wedding invitation should include all pertinent information such as date, time and location.
  • You may list any additional details, such as "reception immediately following" or "followed by dinner and entertainment," at the end of the invitation.