Wedding Suite Wording

Wedding Suite Wording

 

Each of our custom invitation designs offers a fully coordinating wedding suite, including wedding stationery and all the day of pieces that you’ll need for your celebration. Below are suggested wording samples to help guide you when formatting the wording for your wedding suite. Wedding invitation etiquette exists to help you craft your invitation and suite pieces in such a way that’s most proper and appropriate for your celebration. I am here to answer any of your wedding etiquette questions, so please be in touch if you’re wondering how to word your wedding invitations or the accompanying pieces.

Wedding Invitation Wording

 

Typically sent 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, invitations ask your family and friends to attend your wedding ceremony and possibly the reception too.

Including the groom’s parents on the invitation

INCLUDING THE GROOM’S PARENTS NAMES ON THE INVITATION // FORMAL // SECULAR LOCATION

 

It’s most traditional to include the names of the groom’s parents after the groom’s name.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Liam Quinlan
son of Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Timothy Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

The couple is hosting

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING // FORMAL // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

The honor of your presence
is requested at the wedding of
Miss Amelia Rose Manning
to Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING // FORMAL // SECULAR LOCATION

 

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the wedding of
Miss Amelia Rose Manning
to Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING // FORMAL VARIATION // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Amelia Rose Manning
and
Liam Quinlan Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their wedding
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING // LESS FORMAL

 

In the celebration of love,
Amelia Rose Manning
and
Liam Quinlan Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

OR

 

Amelia Manning
and
Liam Cullen
invite you to celebrate
their wedding

 

OR

 

Amelia Rose Manning
and
Liam Quinlan Cullen
invite you to share with them
in the joy of their wedding

 

OR

 

Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love, we
Amelia Rose Manning and Liam Quinlan Cullen
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together
when we exchange wedding vows

Bride’s parents are hosting

BRIDE’S PARENTS ARE HOSTING // FORMAL TONE // HELD IN A RELIGIOUS HOUSE OF WORSHIP

 

If the ceremony is held at a place of worship, the request line (the 2nd line of our example) is ”request the honour of your presence.“ If the ceremony is held at a non-religious, secular location, the request line is ”request the pleasure of your company.“

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

* the British spelling ”honour“ is most traditional, but if you’d like to use the American spelling (”honor“) it’s still just as correct. Just make sure to be consistent throughout your wedding suite — i.e. if you use ”honour“ on your invitation, spell ”favour“ on the reply card the British way.

 

BRIDE’S PARENTS ARE HOSTING // FORMAL TONE // CEREMONY IS NOT HELD IN A RELIGIOUS HOUSE OF WORSHIP (SECULAR LOCATION)

 

If the ceremony is held at a place of worship, the request line (the 2nd line of our example) is ”request the honour of your presence.“ If the ceremony is held at a non-religious, secular location, the request line is ”request the pleasure of your company.“

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rosev to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

Groom’s parents are co-hosting

When the groom’s parents are contributing financially to the wedding, and both sets of parents are hosting, the groom’s parents can be are added at the top of the invitation.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning and
Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Scott Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

 

OR

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
together with
Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Timothy Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

 

OR

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
and
Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Timothy Cullen
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children

Divorced parents on the wedding invitation

BRIDE’S DIVORCED PARENTS ARE HOSTING // DIVORCED PARENTS ARE NOT REMARRIED // FORMAL WORDING // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

Ms. Margo Luanne Manning
Mr. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

BRIDE’S DIVORCED PARENTS ARE HOSTING // DIVORCED PARENTS ARE NOT REMARRIED // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Ms. Margo Luanne Manning
Mr. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

BRIDE’S DIVORCED PARENTS ARE HOSTING // DIVORCED PARENTS ARE REMARRIED // FORMAL WORDING // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Richard Bronson
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose Manning
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

OR

 

Mr. Zachary Bronson and Ms. Margo Timpano
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose Manning
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

BRIDE’S DIVORCED PARENTS ARE HOSTING // DIVORCED PARENTS ARE REMARRIED // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mr. Zachary Bronson and Ms. Margo Timpano
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose Manning
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

BOTH BRIDE’S AND GROOM’S PARENTS ARE HOSTING // BOTH SETS OF PARENTS HAVE BEEN DIVORCED AND REMARRIED // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Richard Bronson
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
and
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Micah Coy
Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Scott Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Amelia Rose Manning
to
Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

The couple is hosting with their families

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING WITH THEIR FAMILIES // FORMAL // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Together with their families
Amelia Rose Manning
and Liam Quinlan Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their wedding
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING WITH THEIR FAMILIES // LESS FORMAL

 

Together with their parents
Amelia Manning
and Liam Cullen
invite you to their wedding
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE HOSTING WITH THEIR FAMILIES // LESS FORMAL

 

With joyous hearts
we invite you to attend
the wedding of
Amelia Manning
and
Liam Cullen
Saturday, June 5
two thousand sixteen
at 3 o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York
Dancing and merriment to follow

Nuptial Mass

If the ceremony will be a Nuptial Mass at a Roman Catholic Church your invitation suite would include a reception card. Reception cards are used whenever the wedding ceremony and reception are held in different locations. Because they are at different places, they are considered separate events, each requiring their own invitation. Reception cards are not necessary when the ceremony and the reception are held at the same place.

 

BRIDE’S PARENTS HOSTING // FORMAL WORDING // NUPTIAL MASS

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter
Amelia Rose
and
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

OR

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
and
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
and your participation in the offering of the Nuptial Mass
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

Groom’s parents are hosting

GROOM’S PARENTS HOSTING // FORMAL WORDING // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Scott Cullen
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Amelia Rose Manning
to their son
Liam Quinlan
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York 

 

GROOM’S PARENTS HOSTING // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Scott Cullen
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Amelia Rose Manning
to their son
Liam Quinlan
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

Less traditional or alternate wedding invitation wording options

BRIDE’S PARENTS HOSTING // LESS TRADITIONAL OR ALTERNATE WEDDING INVITATION WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
invite you to witness and celebrate
the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

OR

 

In the celebration of love,
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company…

 

OR

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
invite you to share
in the joy of the marriage of their daughter…

 

OR

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
joyfully invite you to share
in the marriage of their daughter…

 

OR

 

Patrick and Margo Manning
invite you to share in the celebration
of the marriage of their daughter
Amelia
to Liam Cullen
June 5, 2016
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York
Dinner and dancing to follow

 

BRIDE’S AND GROOM’S PARENTS ARE BOTH HOSTING // LESS TRADITIONAL OR ALTERNATE WEDDING INVITATION WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Patrick and Margo Manning and
Riordan and Tara Cullen
invite you to the wedding of their children
Amelia Rose Manning
to Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, June fifth
two thousand sixteen
at 3 p.m.
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

GROOM’S PARENTS ARE BOTH HOSTING // LESS TRADITIONAL OR ALTERNATE WEDDING INVITATION WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

As we shall become one
to share all the days of our lives
Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Cullen
ask for the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of their son
Liam Quinlan
to
Amelia Rose Manning
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at 3’clock in the afternoon
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

Including deceased parents on the wedding invitation

INCLUDING THE DECEASED PARENT OF THE BRIDE ON THE INVITATION // FORMAL WORDING // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

Amelia Rose Manning
daughter of
Mrs. Margo Manning and the late Mr. Patrick Manning
and
Liam Quinlan Cullen
request the honour of your presence
at their wedding
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

 

INCLUDING THE DECEASED PARENT OF THE GROOM ON THE INVITATION // BOTH BRIDE’S AND GROOM’S PARENTS ARE HOSTING // FORMAL WORDING // RELIGIOUS LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
together with
Mrs. Tara Emma Cullen
request the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Amelia Rose Manning
and
Liam Quinlan Cullen
son of
the late Mr. Riordan Scott Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at half after ten in the morning
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Syracuse, New York

Widowed parents on the wedding invitation

BRIDE’S PARENT IS HOSTING // BRIDE’S PARENT IS WIDOWED // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mrs. Margo June Manning
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Mr. Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

BRIDE’S PARENT IS HOSTING // BRIDE’S PARENT IS WIDOWED AND REMARRIED, HOSTING WITH HER SPOUSE // FORMAL WORDING // SECULAR LOCATION

 

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Frederick Bronson
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of Mrs. Bronson’s daughter
Amelia Rose Manning
to
Liam Quinlan Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

Including your wedding website address

It’s most formal and traditional to keep your invitation free from website addresses, so a website card enclosure is a great way to communicate your wedding website while still staying true to traditional etiquette advice. The wedding website typically gives guests details about the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception and provides directions, hotel accommodations and transportation information. These cards are usually small and sweet — typically the size of a place card (3.5 x 2.5).

 

WEDDING WEBSITE // SEPERATE CARD ENCLOSURE

 

For more wedding details please visit
www.yourweddingwebsite.com

 

OR

 

For directions, accommodations, and additional information
please visit our wedding website at
www.yourweddingwebsite.com

 

WEDDING WEBSITE // ON INVITATION

 

If you would like to include your website address on your invitation, it can be placed discreetly at the bottom, often separated visually from the invitation wording above.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lewis Manning
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Amelia Rose
to
Liam Quinlan
son of Mr. and Mrs. Riordan Timothy Cullen
Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand sixteen
at three o’clock
Gilfillan’s West Hill Country Club
Camillus, New York

 

www.yourweddingwebsite.com

Wedding Suite Wording

 

Below you will find wording suggestions for your additional wedding suite pieces. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Outer Envelope Return Address

The back flap of the outside envelope bears the sender’s address. Traditionally, only the address appears on the envelope flap. The names do not. No abbreviations are used in the address (state, street, post office box, etc. should be written in full). The address of whoever issued the invitations appears as the return address. If, for example, your parents issued your invitations, their address appears.

 

TRADITIONAL RETURN ADDRESS

 

123 Main Street
Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983

Reply Card

Reply cards are enclosed with your wedding invitations and will help you determine an accurate guest count for the reception. Printed in the same style as your invitation, your reply card can be as simple or complex as your event requires. Some reply cards simply ask guests to reply by a certain date, while others may request a meal choice or dietary restrictions, and others might include multiple wedding weekend events. Reply cards can be produced in a number of different formats. All formats, however, share similar features. Spaces are always provided for the guests’ names and for their responses. A request for a response is always included, usually before a specific date. Typically the reply date is 2-4 weeks prior to the wedding, but this may vary depending on your caterers and venue. Check with your caterers/venue just to make sure.

 

Response cards with menu choices

 

The favor of a reply is requested by the fifth of May

M________________________

___ accepts ___ regrets

Please indicate your entrée preference

___ braised beef short ribs

___ roasted free range chicken

___ vegetarian wild mushroom polenta

 

OR

 

M________________________

_____ will attend     _____ unable to attend

Please select an entrée

___filet mignon

___seabass

___vegetarian option

 

OR

 

M________________________

___ accepts ___ regrets

Please initial next to your meal choice

__meat __fish __vegetarian

 

Response cards without menu choices

 

The favour of reply is requested by the fifth of May

M___________________________

_____ will attend     _____ unable to attend

 

OR

 

Please respond by the fifth of May

M_________________________

___ accepts with pleasure

___ declines with regret

 

OR

 

M________________________

_____will attend

_____will not attend

Kindly respond by the fifth of May

 

OR

 

Please respond by the fifteenth of May

Name(s)_______________________

___ joyfully accept

___ regretfully decline

Reply Card Envelope

Reply envelopes must always be included when a reply card is provided. Traditionally, the address of the issuer of the wedding invitation, not the bride and groom, should appear on the front of the envelope. While the inclusion of return postage is a matter of choice, most couples include it as a courtesy to their guests.

 

TRADITIONAL REPLY ENVELOPE ADDRESSING

 

Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hale
123 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983

Reception Card

If your reception venue is well known, you can omit the street address — but if you think some of your guests might have trouble finding the venue, be sure to include it. In any case, leave the zip code off of the reception card — the only card a zip code should be listed on is a direction or accommodations card.

 

RECEPTION VENUE ADDRESS LISTED

 

Reception at half after four o’clock
Topsfield Country Club
301 Creek Drive
Topsfield, Massachusetts

 

OR

 

Please join us for cocktails, dinner and dancing
in honor of the new
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Michael Roberts
at six o’clock in the evening
Topsfield Country Club
301 Creek Drive
Topsfield, Massachusetts

 

 

RECEPTION CARD WITH DRESS CODE

 

Dinner and Dancing
immediately following the ceremony
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island
Black tie

 

OR

 

Revelry & Refreshments to follow
Georgian Terrace Hotel
Black tie

 

OR

 

Please join us at six o’clock
for celebration, dinner and dancing
The Ryland Inn
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Cocktail attire

Enclosure Card

An enclosure card typically lincluded directions, accommodations, wedding website and/or wedding events.

 

DIRECTION OR ACCOMMODATIONS CARD

 

Direction and accommodations cards are especially helpful for out of town guests. If you’ve worked with any hotels to provide a special rate for your guests, these cards are the perfect place to share this information. Direction and accommodations cards also great to help guests find their way and list out driving directions to make sure no one gets lost. It is always a good idea to add your wedding website to this card, since its likely you’ll have even more information for your guests to access there.

 

 

EVENTS CARD

 

Event cards can list the festivities surrounding your wedding weekend, such as welcome cocktails, after-parties, and morning after brunches. If you’re planning a destination wedding, events cards are a great way to provide information to your guests about area attractions.

 

If your guests are coming from out of town be sure to include the street address and city for each venue, especially if they are in a different city than your wedding. If all of your events are taking place at the same location (a resort in Hawaii, for example) then you won’t need to be as detailed – just listing the times and specific locations will be adequate. Be sure to include when the event begins and when it ends so your guests can plan accordingly. Any event specific information like dress code and whether or not it is an adult only affair should be listed as well.  Its always a good idea to add your wedding website to this card, since its likely you’ll have even more information for your guests to access there.

ETIQUETTE: Should I use an inner envelope?

More traditional and formal invitations tend to use an inner and outer envelope. The outer envelope will get marked en route but the inner envelope will remain pristine for the most special kind of invitation.

 

If lining your envelopes, we do recommend using an inner and outer envelope combination. If you only use an outer envelope, and that envelope is lined, guests tend to tear the envelope open and miss the beautiful envelope lining. Our invitation suite envelopes have a beautifully snug inner and outer envelope.

 

Although in most cases, it really depends on what you and your family prefer, the inner envelope does serve a purpose. The inner envelope tells guests exactly who is or — by omission, is not — invited to the wedding. While the outer envelope might say “Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hale,” the inner envelope (which uses a more abbreviated form of address) might read, “Mr. and Mrs. Hale/Sara and Ross [or Sara Hale/Ross Hale],” indicating that the kids are also invited. If the Hales had any additional children who weren’t listed — usually younger children –it would mean that only the older ones were invited. Should Mr. and Mrs. Hale’s names appear alone on the inner envelope, then none of the kids are invited. The inner envelope also offers the most gracious way to indicate that a guest may bring a plus-one (written “and Guest” if the name isn’t known).

 

For example:

 

Outer

Mr. and Mrs. David R. Hale
123 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983

 

Inner

Mr. and Mrs. Hale
Sara Hale
Ross Hale

 

OR

 

Outer

Mr. David R. Hale
123 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983

 

Inner

Mr. Hale
and Guest

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