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Friend's Home Wedding - Invitation Wording

Your good friends are hosting your wedding at their home. While your nuptials may have a more casual feel than if you married in a church or other setting, your invitations can still have a formal tone. Choose your words carefully and your guests will know exactly what type of wedding they will attend.

A few things to consider:

  • Consider including a map or a resource for directions, especially if the home is in a rural, not easily-accessible, location.
  • Always start with the parents of the bride first.
  • Casual invitations offer a lot of room for personalization.
  • If a reception will follow at the home, make a note of it on the invitations.

Here are some specific examples to spark your creativity.

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

Listing the Bride's Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle King
request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of
Ms. Bethany May King
to Mr. Joseph David Sutton
Saturday, the ninth of May
two thousand twelve
two o'clock
At the residence of Betty Sanderson
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

General Formal Invitation, Hosted by Bride's and Groom's Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle King &
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sutton
kindly request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of
Bethany May King
and Joseph David Sutton
The ceremony will be held
At the residence of David and Betty Sanderson
May ninth
Two thousand twelve
At two o'clock
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

General Formal Invitation, No Host Specified

The pleasure of your company is requested
at the marriage of
Miss Marian Benson Joyce
to
Mr. John H. Brown
on Monday, the fifth of June
at twelve o'clock
at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith Hopkins
Eighteen Johns Street

Outdoor Locale

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle King
Request the pleasure of your company
As Bethany King and Joseph Sutton
Exchange wedding vows
May ninth
Two thousand twelve
Two o'clock
Garden residence of David and Betty Sanderson
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

Make It Yours
  • If the wedding is in a backyard garden, make sure to inform the guests that it will be held outdoors so that they can dress according to the season.
  • Using Mr., Ms. or Miss is optional for the bride and groom, but is typically used for the names of parents except in the most casual wedding invitation wording.
  • Mothers may wish to have their full names (first and middle) included in a more modern style of traditional formal wording.

Casual Options

Casual Option #1

Come on down
To Betty's house
On May 9, 2012
As Bethany and Joseph
Tie the knot
At 3:00
A backyard barbeque reception will follow
So, please dress accordingly
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

Casual Option #2

Bethany and Joseph
Are tying the knot
Please join us as we say our "I do's"
At the home of
Betty Sanderson
May 9, 2012
At 3:00
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia
See y'all there!

Casual Option #3

Once upon a time
A boy met a girl
And they fell in love
Now they're going to live happily ever after
Bethany King
and Joseph Sutton
Are getting married
Join us on May 9, 2012
3:00pm
At Betty Sanderson's house
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

Garden Wedding

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We're getting married
And we want to see you
Join Bethany and Joseph
As they exchange vows
In a beautiful backyard garden
May 9, 2012
3:00pm
1414 Nettle Way
Atlanta, Georgia

Make It Yours
  • If your wedding will be very casual, particularly if it's being held outdoors, make sure your wording matches that in tone.
  • Even the most casual invitations should include all pertinent information such as location and time.