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Wedding Announcement Wording

Your wedding has already taken place. Perhaps you had a destination wedding where guests couldn't attend, or perhaps you had an informal courthouse ceremony. You still want everyone you care about to know that you are married. Feel free to tell the world in a wedding announcement. No matter the reason, you may still choose to celebrate the occasion with those closest to you.

A few things to consider:

  • If you could only afford a small local wedding, you don't need to mention this in your invitations. Some guests may be hurt that they were not invited.
  • It's generally considered poor taste to ask for gifts when guests are not invited to a wedding.
  • Let your wedding announcement wording reflect you as a couple. You can choose to go a more formal route or you may opt for a casual tone.

Here are some specific examples to help you word your announcements in a unique way.

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

Formal Options

General Invitation Wording

Stacy and Todd Donaldson
Are pleased to announce
Their marriage
Which took place
January 5, 2013
Please join us for an informal brunch
At Harper's Bar and Grille
February 5, 2013
11:30 am
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Ceremony at Bride's Parent's Home

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Tareyton
Invite you to celebrate
The recent marriage
Of their daughter
Stacy Lynn Tareyton
To
Mr. Todd Andrew Donaldson
At our residence
The fifth of February
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
559 Dovetail Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Groom's Parents Announcing

With joy
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Donaldson
Announce the recent marriage
Of Ms. Stacy Lynn Tareyton
To
Our son
Mr. Todd Andrew Donaldson
On January 5, 2013
Aboard the Graceway Cruise Ship
Please toast the happy couple with us
February 5, 2013
4:00 pm
Matthewson Inn
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Party Announcement

Sorry you couldn't join us
For our Vegas wedding
But we'd love for you to party with us
Stacy and Todd
Will have a post-wedding bash
February 5, 2013
8:00 pm
Club Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey

General Announcement – No Event

Two hearts became one
Two lives intertwined
Two families joined
When you became mine

We're married!

Mr. and Mrs. Todd and Stacy Donaldson
January 5, 2013
Graceway Cruise Ship

Make It Yours
  • While having a reception, brunch or party is a good way to celebrate your recent marriage, you can still send out a general announcement with no attached events. This still gets the message across that you're married.
  • While it's not necessary to include destination wedding information, you may decide to do so, so that guests don't feel slighted that they were not invited to that ceremony.
  • To cut down on confusion, make it clear that the wedding has already taken place.

Casual Options

Destination Wedding Details

We're pleased as punch
To announce our recent wedding
January 5, 2013
Sandals Resort, Jamaica
Todd and Stacy Donaldson
Exchanged vows
And became man and wife

At Exclusive Venue

You are cordially invited
To a champagne brunch
To celebrate Todd and Stacy Donaldson's recent nuptials
February 5, 2013
11:00 am
Bayfront Club and Resort
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Champagne and light appetizers will be served

At Casual Venue

Come help us celebrate our new life
As happily married man and wife
Todd and Stacy
Invite you to an afternoon of
Fun and play
February 5, 2013
4:00 pm
Oscar's Seaside Bar
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Casual – Hosted by Groom's Parents

Andrew and Joan Donaldson
Announce with pleasure
The recent marriage
Of Stacy Tareyton
To
Our son
Todd
Please toast the happy couple with us
February 5, 2013
4:00 pm
Matthewson Inn
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Cocktail Party – Hosted by Bride's Parents

Alton and Merry Tareyton
Invite you to
A cocktail party
To celebrate the recent nuptials
Of their daughter
Stacy
To
Todd Donaldson
Please come toast the newlyweds
February 5, 2013
5:30 pm
559 Dovetail Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Make It Yours
  • Casual invitations may omit the last names of the couple.
  • For casual invitations, there's no need to spell out the dates or years; simply use Arabic numerals.
  • Include the location address unless it is being more clearly detailed in another enclosure with your invitation.