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How To Word Your Wedding Invitations

You might think writing your wedding invitations is the easy part of planning a wedding – you’ve just got to buy the invitations and send them out… Right? We wish! In reality, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Are you asking your guests to save the date? Or commit to coming? What can they eat? Can they leave their kids behind?

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burlap and lace invitations
By For Love Polka Dots

How Should You Word Your Save The Dates And What Should You Include?

In our opinion, this is the easiest one – so it’s good it comes first! If you’ve already decided your wedding theme, try tying the design of your save the dates in with that. They’re the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will get – so put your best foot forward!

You don’t need to include much in your save the dates – just your names and the date you’d like your guests to save. Traditionally, guests don’t respond to save the dates, but it’s still worth including your contact details so that any guests who already know they can’t make it can contact you.

Here’s a few examples of save the dates to get you started:

Please Save the Date

Mimi Lucas and Mary Preston

are getting married on

11th July 2024


Formal invitations to follow


Save the Date!

We’re tying the knot!

Come party with

Mimi and Mary

on 11th July 2024

in London

Formal invitations to follow.

What to include on a wedding invitation?

Your wedding invitations are sent out six to eight weeks before your big day. If you’re worried this seems a bit late, remember that your guests will have been saving the date for six months to a year.

Don’t worry about including too much information on your wedding invitations – this is what your wedding information sheet is for. What you do want to include is:

  • Who’s invited
  • Your names
  • The date and time of your ceremony and/or reception
  • The venue and location of your ceremony and/or reception
  • Dress code
  • Number of +1s (if any)
  • RSVP details

For a traditional invitation, you might write something like:

(your parent) & (your parent)

and (your partner’s parent) & (your partner’s parent)

request the pleasure of

(guest name)

at the marriage of their children

(your name) and (your partner’s name)




and afterwards at

(reception location)

For a more informal invitation, you could go for something like:

(your name) and (your partner’s name) are tying the knot!




followed by drinks and dancing at (reception location)

If you do not RSVP by 1st October, please bring a chair and a sandwich.

Bonus Tip: Don’t be tempted to mislead your guests about your wedding’s start time – even if that’s usually how you get people to turn up on time! If your ceremony starts at 4pm, say 4pm. We can almost guarantee that if you put 3.45pm, a good number of your guests will arrive at 3.30pm and have to wait almost an hour for you to make your entrance.

Bridebook.co.uk- simplistic wedding invitation with elements of calligraphy
By Whimsical Prints

What Do You Do About Children?

While some couples can’t imagine getting married without lots of little ones around them, other couples want an adults-only affair. Here’s our guide to including or excluding children from your wedding.

If you are inviting children to your wedding, include their name under their parents’ names:

Mr John and Mr Abdul Smith

Lucy, Leila and Mariam

If you’re planning a child-free wedding, it’s a little trickier – sadly, simply saying “No Children!” isn’t considered acceptable… In this case, you could avoid saying anything by addressing your invitation to the parents only and including a line such as:

We have reserved two seats in your honour.

If you’re comfortable being a little less subtle, you could also write:

Regrettably, due to restrictions at our venue, children are unable to attend.

We regret that we are unable to accommodate children at our wedding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We’d always advise restating this information in your information sheet or on your wedding website – particularly if you’re going for the more subtle option!

How Do You Deal With Dietary Requirements?

You’re almost guaranteed to have at least one guest with dietary requirements, and it’s important that you’re clear about what these are so that you can pass this information onto your caterer. Remember, dietary requirements aren’t just preferences – they include lifestyle choices, religious observations and allergies.

You don’t need to include this on your invitations, but do make sure to include somewhere for your wedding guests to notify you of their dietary requirements on your RSVPs. This doesn’t have to be complicated at all – a section entitled, “Dietary Requirements” or a line such as “Please advise of any dietary requirements below” is more than enough.

If you already know what you’ll be serving at your wedding, you might also want to include something like the following:

We will be serving ________. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and/or require an alternative.

With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you should be well on your way to a suite of perfectly worded wedding invitations. Now cross your fingers and wait for the RSVPs to come flooding back in!

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