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Commitment Ceremony - Invitation Wording

Wording your invitations for a commitment ceremony is very similar to wording for a wedding invitation. You can choose to make your invites as formal or casual as you like, keeping in mind the theme and general spirit of your big day. If parents host the ceremony, you may list them on your invitations much as you would for a wedding.

A few things to consider:

  • "Request the honor of your presence" is a phrase generally reserved for ceremonies taking place in a house of worship. Since most commitment ceremonies happen in non-religious venues, use less formal phrasing such as "request the pleasure of your company."
  • You may make your invitations more formal by spelling out all dates and times in lieu of using Arabic numerals.
  • Since same sex commitment ceremonies don't have an official "bride" and "groom," you don't have to follow the same rules about putting the bride's name and the bride's family first.

Here are some specific examples for formal and casual occasions.

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

Formal Options

Both Sets of Parents Host

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Talbot
And
Mr. and Mrs. James Dobbins
request the pleasure of your company
at the commitment ceremony of their sons
Mr. Willis James Talbot
And
Mr. Frederick Sean Dobbins
on Saturday, the ninth of August
Two thousand and twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Oceanside Dock Club
Savannah, Georgia 

One Set of Parents Host

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Talbot
request the pleasure of your company
at the commitment ceremony joining their son
Willis James Talbot
And
Frederick Sean Dobbins
on Saturday, the ninth of August
Two thousand and twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Oceanside Dock Club
Savannah, Georgia 

Reception immediately following the ceremony 

Couple hosts

We invite you to share in the love and joy
We feel for one another
Join us for a civil union
Willis Talbot
And
Frederick Dobbins
Saturday, the ninth of August
Two thousand and twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Oceanside Dock Club
Savannah, Georgia 

Couple hosts

Bethany Smith
and
Kathryn Widerman
Cordially invite you to celebrate and share their special day
As they formally declare their
Commitment to one another
With family and friends present
Friday, the sixteenth of July
Two thousand and thirteen
At seven o'clock in the evening
Sherman Oaks Dinner Club
Denver, Colorado

Make It Yours
  • You often have more room for personalization with this type of invitation, so consult with your partner to come up with a unique verse.
  • You can easily include information about a reception at the bottom of your invites.

Casual Options

Couple hosts

Because you have shared in our lives
We invite you to share our love
As we celebrate our formal union
Bethany Smith
and
Kathryn Widerman
Friday, July 16, 2013
7:00 pm
Sherman Oaks Dinner Club
Denver, Colorado

Couple hosts

Happy is the day we can celebrate our union
Please join us for our commitment ceremony
Where we shall no longer be two
But one
In mind and spirit and heart
Willis and Frederick
Saturday, August 9, 2012
6:00 pm
Oceanside Dock Club
Savannah, Georgia 

At a Friend's Home

Please join us for our commitment ceremony
Willis Talbot and Frederick Dobbins
Will declare an everlasting bond
At the residence of their dear friend
LeAnne Irwin
Saturday, August 9, 2012
3:30 pm
907 Maplewood Way
Savannah, Georgia 

Creative Wording

Two hearts beat as one
Two lives intertwine
Two become one
Forever, formally and for all time
Bethany Smith
and
Kathryn Widerman
Invite you to share the beginning
Of our new life together
As we exchange vows
In a commitment ceremony
Friday, July 16, 2013
7:00 pm
Sherman Oaks Dinner Club
Denver, Colorado

Make It Yours
  • When having a ceremony at someone's home, it's a thoughtful gesture to include a map and/or directions in your invitations.
  • If the ceremony will take place outdoors, make sure to include that information on your invitations so that guests can dress according to the season.