Wedding invitation verses

Embellish your wedding invitations with elegant verses of love, honor and poetry.

The verses you include in your invitations can be from books, verses others have used or ones you, your significant other or family have written for you.


In this article, there will be several examples and varieties so that you can get an idea of what you can include in the wording for your wedding invitations.


Your wedding invitations are the first step into the hearts of your guests. You will be honored to have them come and cherish this ever-important day in your life. The experience of your wedding is as unique, creative and special as you are. Therefore, your invitations should represent that uniqueness and creativity.


Similar as with the traditional wedding invitation wording, you need to start with who is hosting the wedding, then you will know the common way of starting the verses for your wedding invitations.


If the bride’s parents are hosting the wedding, you could try this type of verse:

Hear ye, hear ye . . .
it has been proclaimed that
on the fifth day of June, two thousand and seven,
Jane Smith and John Doe
will be united in Holy Matrimony . . .
your presence is requested
by the parents of the bride
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
to join in this celebration of love
at Six in the evening

Dreams Come True Wedding Center


If the Grooms parents are hosting the wedding, you could try something like this:


Mr. and Mrs. Doe
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Jane Smith to their son John Doe
on fifth day of June at six in the evening

At the Dreams Come True Wedding Center

If the bride and groom who has children are hosting the wedding, you can invite your guests with a certain elegance and ambiance to your invitations like this:

My family, your family

Coming together as one
Sharing, caring – a new life’s begun
Please share in their joy as
Jane Smith
and her children, Jimmy and Sarah Smith
are united as a family
through marriage with
John Doe
and his children, Ron and Buck Doe
on the fifth day
Two thousand seven
at six in the evening
The gathering will be held at

1212 Walk-along Street

If the bride and groom were hosting with their parents this verse would be very appropriate:

Before they met, their strength was of one
through marriage, they would experience
the strength of much more than two
Jane Smith

In concord,

John Doe
together with their parents
invites you to witness and celebrate
the joining of their lives
on fifth day of June
in the year two thousand and seven
at six in the evening

At the Wonderful Wedding Center

For the more casual of weddings, you could try this:

Love isn’t love ’til you give it away
We, Jane Smith and John Doe,
will be married in a
private wedding ceremony
on June 7th, 2007
You are joyfully invited to an informal
outdoor wedding celebration
after the wedding at 6:00 pm

2121 S Holiday Drive

Wanda Marry Iowa

Here is another very beautiful verse that would be perfect for a casual wedding invitation:

The sun, the stars, the earth
and all of the many creatures
join in a divine plan of the universe
Come celebrate with us one special part
when we, Jane Smith
and John Doe
exchange marriage vows
on July the 7th
At 4:00 pm

We will be sharing this lovely event at the

Heaven Is a Wonderful Place Park

You can add or take away, blend or come up with your own unique new verse. The creativity and love in your heart can guide you in creating the most wonderful and precious verse for your wedding invitations.

Wedding invitation etiquette

The etiquette requirement for wedding invitations vary slightly by the type of wedding you are planning. Are you having a formal and traditional wedding, or are you planning a cozy, informal wedding?

For truly formal events, there are certain rules of etiquette that are observed when writing an invitation. For less formal situations you can be more creative. Here are some things to remember when you are composing a formal invitation:

  • Write out names in full, including middle names. Omit a middle name if necessary, rather than using an initial.
  • It is appropriate to use the British spelling for “honour” and “favour”, unless you prefer to use the American spelling of these words.
  • Spell out all words, including the hour, the date and the year. Spell out all words in the address, including Street, Road and Avenue.  The two exceptions to this rule in an address are Saint (St.) and Mount (Mt.)
  • Use Roman numerals in names, rather than “the third” or “3rd.”
  • For ceremonies taking place in a house of worship, use “request the honour of your presence.” Ceremonies taking place in a non-religious setting should say, “request the pleasure of your company.”

Invitations are your chance to set the mood for your celebration. Will it be traditional and formal or will you have many of your own touches in a more casual setting? On the other hand, will your celebration lie somewhere in between? This is your chance to show your personality and in doing so setting the ambiance for your wedding.

Most people want to do appropriate thing. However, what might be right for one is not right for the other. Your focus is for you to consider your budget and your event. Invitations can be a complex mailing with multiple inserts (link to parts of an invitation) that follow a Save the Date card or a simple notice of where your celebration will take place.

The only absolute to take into consideration for etiquette is that when creating your invitation list, remember if you keep in mind that you are inviting someone to an event and you want to get them there. Why invite someone you really are not wanting to come. If you are not hosting an event that people will attend, you will want to send an Announcement rather than an invitation. Simple as that!


There are also certain people that you really should invite, where there are others you can omit. However, the choices are all up to you.


Depending on the size of you wedding, will help determin you you should send invitations to and who you should only send announcements to.


Should invite:


  • Paretns of bride and groom
  • Immediate family of bride and groom
  • Wedding party attendees
  • Close friends


Large wedding:


  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Immediate family of bride and groom
  • Wedding party attendees
  • Close friends
  • Co-workers, church friends, and parent’s friends
  • Extended family


Should not invite:


  • Children
  • Ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriends, ex-spouses and their parents
  • Family or friends that could ruin your wedding due to unwanted habits
  • Or just anyone that you feel obligated but do not really want


Again, all of this varies on what you want. If you want these people to come to your wedding that is just fine. However, etiquette does not require that you do.


We cannot afford to invite everyone- how do we decide who not to send a wedding invitation to?

Your wedding day is one of the most precious and momentous days of your life. Whom you invite is all up to you. There are very few etiquette rules that dictate that you should and should not send a wedding invitation to, other than that, it is your day, have it your way.


When you are considering whom you want to invite to your wedding there are a few things to take into consideration.


What is your dream wedding? Will it be small with 30 or less people or large with 30+ people? There is no shame either way. Your wedding is your chance to enjoy and celebrate the partnership you will have for the rest of your life.


Where are you having your wedding? How many people will the location accommodate?


Are you having a ceremony that you will invite close family members to, and then a reception that you can invite many more?


Once you know how many people you plan on having attend, and how much you can afford, there are many ways to make the list of guests you will have match your budget.


Basic etiquette says that you would want to invite:


  • Bride and Grooms parents
  • Immediate family members, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents
  • Wedding party members, maid of honor, brides maids, and best man
  • Close friends.


Other than that, nothing dictates other choices. Some things to keep in mind and ways to simply count people you do not want out are listed here:


  1. Children are great, however if you politely decline inviting children that cuts back on the expense of a family of six to a couple of two.
  2. Cousins, aunts and uncles are great if you are having a large wedding, however many times the extended family will not need to be invited.
  3. Friends and family that both the bride and groom are not at least on good terms with should not be invited. This is your day; do not include others that will jeopardize the success of your wedding.
  4. If you have people that drink or intoxicated often, you may want decide not to invite them, even if it is someone you are close to.
  5. Do not invite people just because they invited you to their wedding. There is no guilt in making your invitation list. This is your chance and responsibility to be meticulous.
  6. Inviting co-workers is also something that is not necessary. If you are not close to them and you do not spend time together outside of work then you do not need to invite them.


You and your significant other should go through the people you want to invite, and then choose the final list together. It is your choice. There are also polite ways of letting people know if you are not inviting them. Explain that you are having a small wedding in a small location and only immediate family is invited.


The people who love you will understand and be happy for your experience you are about to have. They may even still get you a gift, however do not expect it.

Adding ribbons and bows to your wedding invitations to add that classy touch?

For that added elegance to your wedding invitations, trim and design your invitations with ribbons and bows.


You thought making the decision of the right man for your future was tough; well how about the right invitations and the look you want. Planning a wedding is a ton of fun, however it is also going to take a great deal of your work and creativity.


You should add your personality and style to every part of your wedding, including your wedding invitations. Ribbons and bows are an easy and colorful way to add class and charm.


Start with deciding the type of wedding you are planning. Do you want a holiday theme, a seasonal theme, a traditional wedding, or a geographic wedding? Do you want the wedding simple and elegant, or ultra sophisticated? You will want your wedding invitations to match.


The old saying a picture speaks a thousand words is ever so true where your invitations are concerned. Add your picture to the ribbons and bows to create a work of art.


Translucent vellum is a very popular way to wrap up your invitations. This sheer or often printed-paper will wrap around your initiations providing glamour and protection. There are many other options for enveloping your invitations. The ribbons and bows you pick with have many blend able abilities.


Adding ribbons and bows is the perfect way to accessorize you wedding invitations. Use the color of your wedding to help pick out the colors you want on your invitations.


Mesh in the colors of your wedding with a coordinating sheer organza or satin ribbon. You can use stick-on bows on traditional panel cards, use longer ribbons to secure wraps or enveloped cards, or attach embellishments such as pewter charms or dried or silk flowers with your sheer overlay.


There are many types of bows, laces, and ribbons you can choose from to accent your wedding invitations.


Here are a few samples:


Satin striped wired ribbons

Satin ribbons (multiple colors availed)

Accented bows

Favor ribbons

ANKH charm accent bows

Butterfly accessories

Ecru sheer bows

Ivory large satin bows


The options are as big as your imagination. You also have the choice of having your invitations made and the bows or ribbons put on for you, or you can add your own touch by putting the bows on yourself.


Here are some instructions on attaching the bow to your invitations:


  • Cut a two-yard section of your ribbon. With the ribbon facing the front of the invitation, thread the right hand end of the ribbon through the right hole, and the left end of the ribbon through the left hole. Now both ends of the ribbon are coming out of the back of the invitation.


  • Now thread the right end of the ribbon through the left hole, bringing it to the front of the invitation. Thread the left end of the ribbon through the right hole, bringing it to the front of the invitation. Now the ends of the ribbon are on the front side of the invitation.


  • Wrap the ends of the ribbon around the invitation with the ribbon crossing in the back. Have the initiation-facing front and you should be able to have the two ends hanging from the sides.


  • Take the left hanging section of ribbon and thread it through the left hole of the invitation moving the ribbon end through the front of the invitation to the back.


  • Working with the same ribbon end, thread it through the right hole, move back from the invitation to front of invitation.


  • Now you will thread the right ribbon end using the same technique. Take the right hanging section of ribbon and thread it through the right hole of invitation moving the ribbon end through the front of invitation to the back


  • Working with that same ribbon end, thread it through the left hole, moving it from the back of the invitation to the front.


  • With the ends of the ribbon pulled through, now tie a knot and make a bow.


Making ribbons and bows are pretty simple, lots of fun and style. Use your creativity to design the perfect wedding invitation for you.

Wedding Invitations

formal wedding invitationYour wedding invitation is going to be the first impression people get of your wedding. It should be an expression of who you are, and what they should expect at your big day. If you send a very traditional wedding invitation, then you will probably have a very traditional wedding. If you send a funky invitation with bright colors, silly wording, then the theme can be expected to continue to the event.

Wedding invitations are how you share your special day with loved ones and friends. So, make sure your invitation captures the spirit of your wedding day.

There are many designs for wedding invitations, and the sky is the limit. You can create your own, buy something that is a template design, or hire someone to professionally design unique invitations for you. Most places offer a variety that range from clean and classic, to traditional, to cutting-edge and contemporary.

So whether your wedding is formal, intimate, whimsical, spectacular, or low-key you are going to set the tone with the invitation you choose.

One thing to keep in mind about wedding invitations is the cost to send them. A square invitation costs a few cents more per invite to mail than a rectangular one. A heavy invitation may require extra postage. So, look at your invitation budget, and let that play a factor in your decision of what type of invitation to send.

There are many ways to word invitations, so choose the one that suits you best.

Most people want a photograph to be included with the wedding invitation so that they can see the future spouse of the person they know. You can have the photo printed right on the invitation, or put a photo in as an insert. Or, some people choose to simply put a web address where multiple photos of the couple can be viewed. This is not very popular however.

It is your wedding invitation, and it is up to you what you want and how you want it. However, just be sure to get them out about two weeks before the event so that your guests can mark their calendars.

Setting your stationary budget

calligraphy pen, in and stationaryOnly about 3% of your total budget for your wedding goes toward stationary, but this is a very important thing to budget for. Many people find it very rude if they do not receive a thank you card for their gift, etc. It would be devastating to find out after paying for all your vendors that you do not have enough money left to send out your announcements and invitations.

So, when you set your stationary budget, it is good to have a general idea of the guest count, and the basic idea of what you want for invitations, and what they will cost. It is also good to know how much your overall budget is going to be so that if you use the 3% rule you know what amount is allotted to you and can plan accordingly.

You stationary budget needs to account for invitations, which will be sent out to each of your guests.

If you are having a sit down dinner with options you will need to include response cards in your stationary budget.

Most people send out thank you cards, and it is considered rude not to, so you will certainly want to include enough thank you cards for all the help and gifts you receive.

Of course with those thank you cards comes postage. So, include the cost of mailing thank yous, invites, save the date cards, and anything else you send out.

If you have any calligraphy done that will also need to be covered by your stationary budget, and your guest book falls into this category as well.

So, now that you know what this budget is paying for, you can make it appropriate to your desires for each of these things. Of course the biggest chunk of this budget goes to invitations and postage, but the other items are just as important.

Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette

wedding invitationWhen planning and preparing weddings there are a lot of little details that need to be paid attention to. For all the important details there is certain etiquette that is supposed to be followed. There is even etiquette for the details that do not seem so important. People tend to put a big emphasis on weddings, as weddings are a very formal and special event. If you are to treat a wedding casually you should not expect others to treat it more than casually. Guests, friends and family will tend to respond to your wedding based upon how important of an event you make it seem.

A big part of giving people the correct impression about your wedding is the through the wedding invitation and how that invitation is worded. The invitation says a lot about the importance of your wedding occasion. Consider the following examples:

Example one: You receive a wedding invitation in the mail in an old, wrinkled envelope. You open it to find a photo of the bride and groom sitting on the coach at the bride’s little brother’s birthday part. There are people in the background and birthday decorations all over the place. The bride and groom aren’t sitting next to each other and aren’t looking at the camera; they are looking at the T.V. The invitation is worded like this, “This is Tom and Kate. Come to our wedding. It will be great. It is on February 26th at 6ish. It will be in the backyard of the bride’s parent’s neighbor’s house.”

Example two: You receive a wedding invitation in the mail in a large, beautiful envelope. You open it to find a smaller envelope in which the invitation is placed. There is a photo of the bride and groom that is professionally taken. They are both dressed their nicest and look their very best. They picture is set in a park and there is a beautiful, scenic backdrop. The invitation is worded like this, “Mr. and Mrs. William Hendricks are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Melissa Anne Hendricks to Carl James Watson, son of Mr. James and Mary Watson, they request the honor of your presence on Thursday the twenty sixth day of February Two thousand and seven at five o’clock in St. Anthony’s church.”

The first example is an extreme but it still shows the importance of not being too casual. It puts a casual light on an important event and does not make it seem like it is really something to be celebrated. The second example, however, demands respect from the guests. Even if they do not know you well, the invitation makes them feel the importance of your event and makes them want to celebrate this special occasion with you.

The wordings in both the invitations are the biggest part of how they make you feel. If you use formal, respectful language, your guest will treat your wedding as a formal, respected event. You should never include periods at the end of lines in a wedding invitation. Names should be spelt out all the way with middle name included if there is one. Your dates and times should also be written out all the way.

An important part of the invitation is the part where you “request the honor of their presence.” This phrase should only be used if you are to be married in a church or houses of worship. If it is anywhere else you should request “the pleasure of their company.” It is another etiquette tip that will go along way with guests. Although the wedding is mainly about the bride and groom, the guests are an important part and should be considered carefully.

When considering wording etiquette consider who is hosting or announcing the wedding: the groom’s parents, bride’s parents, bride and groom, etc. Then look at traditional and proper examples for that situation, this is a good start.

Addressing Wedding Invitation Etiquette

ink and paperGetting married is a long process. There is a lot to plan for and a lot that needs to be done before the big day arrives. You need a dress for the bride, dresses for the bridesmaids, a suit or tux for the groom, as well as for the best man, parents, etc, a location for the wedding, a location for the reception, food for the reception and food for the luncheon, invitations to hundreds of friends and family members etc. There is a TON that needs to be thought about and taken care of.

In all these preparations there are different rules of etiquette for the big and small details. There are even etiquette rules for the veil. Following these rules of etiquette will help your wedding to be much nicer. It will also demand more respect from your guests. If they were to go to a wedding where the bride and groom were dressed silly and there was fast food take-out at the reception, they would not feel that it would be necessary for them to respect the bride and groom and respect the ceremony. It would seem more like a game than a wedding.

One of the small details of wedding etiquette is the wedding invitation. There are special rules with the wedding invitation because a wedding is a very formal event. The wording in a birthday party invitation is not a big deal because it is just for fun. But a wedding is very formal so the invitation needs to be very formal. (at least for traditional weddings)

There are two main parts to the wedding invitation process and those two parts are composing the invitation and assembling the invitation. Composing and assembling wedding invitations in a very formal and beautiful manner shows the guest that this is a very important and beautiful event. Once again, it demands respect from the guests. It is not like they are receiving a birthday part invitation in the mail.

Composing wedding invitations-

When writing invitations you will want to be sure to write out names fully. You do not want to use abbreviations or nicknames. You want to use real names and spell them out all the way. You want to spell out middle names unless it is too big of a hassle. If it is a big hassle you do not want to abbreviate it, you just want to leave it out completely. (For example, some Polynesian cultures have 40 plus letter middle names, and it may be difficult to fit the whole thing on the invitation, but if it is important to them, they should.)

This rule applies the same to other words in the invitation. You do not want to abbreviate things such as the time and date. You want to spell them out. You want to spell out every word and you want to make sure that those words are formal, it is considered appropriate in wedding invitations for you to use the British spelling on a few words.

Assembling wedding invitations-

When assembling wedding invitations there is a specific order that things are supposed to be placed in. The first thing to do is to wrap the actual invitation in protective tissue. You will then want to put the invitations in first, face up, folded edge down, with the back of the large envelope facing you.

On top of the invitation the next thing to go in should be the reception invitation and on top of that should be the response card. If there are any other things to insert they should be put in last; this would include things such as a map or directions.

When you address the envelopes you should do it by hand and you should be sure to choose a postage stamp that looks good with the rest of your invitation. It is just another small touch that will make a big difference. Finally, when you mail the invitations you need to be sure to mail them six to eight weeks before the wedding so that guests have time to plan and prepare to be there.

How to choose wedding invitations

wedding invitationYour wedding invitations are your way of telling the world that you’re getting married. Many couples are surprised to see how many options there are when it comes to wedding invitations with regards to style, lettering, wording, and colors.

If you are having trouble choosing wedding invitations, the following tips will help you to pick the perfect ones.

Traditional wedding invitations are formal and printed on ivory or white card, then engraved with black ink. While this is still a popular option for a formal wedding, the style of your invitations should reflect the style of your wedding.

If you are having a themed wedding, such as a beach wedding or a winter wedding, the style of your invitations can also reflect that. Many brides also choose invitations that are colored to go with the colors of their wedding as well. Bottom line – your invitations can be whatever you want them to be in regards to style, and wedding invitation vendors can provide you with a wide range of options.

You can also save money and make your invitations truly unique by making them yourself, or by having a particularly talented or creative friend or relative do so.

Ordering your invitations
One common mistake when it comes to ordering invitations is ordering as many invitations as guests; people often forget that couples or children can all go on the same invitation. As a general rule, order half the number of invitations as the people you invited, then twenty or thirty extras. Remember to send invitations to your parents and wedding party and to keep one for a souvenir for yourself. Your invitation vendor can help you to determine the right number.

Sending out your invitations
Keep in mind that you should send your invitations out at least 8 weeks before the wedding. This is for local guests. If you have family members or guests who are coming in from out of town, you should let them know as soon as possible so they can make the necessary travel arrangements like flights and hotels as well as get the time off of work.

Other stationery
In addition to the invitations, you will also want to get thank you cards, envelopes, reply cards, and so forth. Less formal weddings won’t require such elaborate stationary, and weddings where the seating is not assigned will not need place cards. In addition, receptions that are not plated dinners won’t be needing menus as well.

Many couples also get announcements for people who were not invited, like co-workers, casual acquaintances, and anyone else. You should not send announcements to people you sent invitations to. Announcements also have different wording on them than invitations.

Save the Date cards are also an option. A save the date card should be sent out 6 months or so in advance and tells people to reserve your wedding date and expect an invitation later in the mail. This is also a good idea for people who are having shorter engagements and won’t be able to send out invitations months before the actual wedding. There are also save the date e-cards that are considered appropriate as well.

There are many different types and styles of invitations. Your wedding invitations should be a reflection of your own personal style and taste as well as that of your wedding. The above tips will help you when choosing and sending your invitations.