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Western Wedding Invitation Wording

A western themed wedding can take either a wild west type of feel or just a country and western style. Either way, the wording of your invitation sets a tone for your theme wedding.

  • For a wild west feel, consider using a "wanted poster" style invitation to really bring your theme to life.
  • For a more country western feel, using western images like boots, horseshoes or horses or using words like "ya'll" and "hoedown" give a clue to your guests what to expect.

A few things to consider:

  • If you'd like your guests to really participate, be sure to include a note requesting western attire on your invitation.
  • If you are requesting specific clothing, it might be nice to include some websites or stores that can help your guests find Southwestern or western attire before the event.
  • As with any wedding invitation, list the family of the bride first, or if parents won't be listed, always put the bride's name before the groom's.

Here are some specific examples of formal and casual options.

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:

Ceremony in a House of Worship

The honour of your presence
is wanted
at the union of
Ms. Jenny Alexis Smith to
Mr. Christopher James Brown
Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand eleven
at sundown
First United Church
Butte, Montana

Formal Western Attire Requested

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

The pleasure of your company
is wanted
at the public joining of
Ms. Jenny Alexis Smith to
Mr. Christopher James Brown
Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand eleven
at half past two o'clock
First United Church
Butte, Montana

Southwestern Attire Requested

General Formal Invitation, Hosted by Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith &
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at the country wedding of
Ms. Jenny Alexis to
Mr. Christopher James Brown
Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand eleven
at six in the evening
First United Church
Butte, Montana

Country Formal Attire Requested

General Formal Invitation, Hosted by Parents - Option #2

The Smith Family along with
The Alexander Family
request the pleasure of your company
at the country wedding of
Miss Jenny Alexis
to Mr. Christopher James Brown
Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand eleven
at six in the evening
First United Church
Butte, Montana

Formal Southwestern Attire Requested

Make It Yours
  • Keep the formal format as shown in the above options, but add a southwestern quote at the beginning.
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."
  • Use Ms. or Miss for the bride, but a slightly more informal invitation can just use first and middle names.
  • Including decorative flourishes and old-time fonts on your invitations can help express your theme.

Casual Options:

Familiar Language

Saddle up, ya'll
Emily & Steve
are getting hitched!
Please join us for a BBQ and dance
Saturday, April 12, 2011 at 4:00pm
OK Corral
Buford, Wyoming

Dress Country-Style

Wanted Poster

Wanted!
Your company at the wedding of
Emily Jones and
Steve Nolan
We were caught by love and are taking it to a judge
We request you to witness as we make it official!
June 1, 2011
Getting hitched at 4:00pm
Hoedown starts at 5:00pm
OK Corral
Buford, Wyoming

Wild West Attire Requested

Wanted Poster - Option #2

Wanted!
Emily Jones and
Steve Nolan
To get hitched
on June 1, 2011
Ceremony at 4:00
Hoedown at 5:00
OK Corral
Buford, Wyoming

Wild West Attire Requested

Wild-West Language

Emily & Steve
have a notion to get hitched.
Please join us as we say "Here's how!"
and dance at the hoedown 'til sun-up
Saturday, April 12, 2011 at 4:00pm
OK Corral
Buford, Wyoming

Dress for the Wild West, Please

Make It Yours
  • Change up the words to sound more classically western. For example, use "sundown" instead of a sunset time, say "hoedown" instead of a reception, and talk about getting "hitched."
  • The Legends of America website has an extensive inventory of wild west words to help you personalize your invites.