If you want to host a memorable party, the first introduction to the occasion is one of the most important. How you word your party invitations will set the tone for the type of party you will be throwing. A good example to use when illuminating proper party invitation wording tips is a wedding: Unlike other parties, these invitations will become keepsakes. Wedding invitations are often framed as a precious reminder and become a part of home décor.
There are so many variables to consider in the proper wording regarding the parents of the bride and groom. There are blended families and in more and more cases, the bride and groom are covering all costs of the wedding themselves. The important thing to remember is that even though there can be what might be considered an unusual situation, there is always a proper way to word your invitations. The following party invitation wording examples demonstrate how to overcome such challenges.
This is an extremely common occurrence. If the bride’s parents are responsible for the wedding, then traditionally they are the only parents that have to be listed on the invitation. If the bride’s parents are divorced, has one or both remarried? Did the wife take her maiden name back? Here are some examples for the bride’s parents.
Ms. Janice Lynn Johnson
Mr. William Thomas Price
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Rachel Cynthia Price
Joshua Michael Smith
What if both the bride and groom’s parents are to be listed on the invitation and one or both sets of parents are divorced?
Mr. Leon Teller and Mrs. Gemma Madison
Mr. Stephen Donner and Ms. Elissa Marlin
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Anna Marie Teller
Stephen Jackson Donner
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Anderson
Mrs. Norma Sanchez and Mr. Fredrick Gonzalez
invite you to witness
the union of their families as
Cheryl Nicole Anderson
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
exchange wedding vows
Bride and groom inviting
Stephanie Michelle Jones
Robert William Smith
Request the pleasure of your company
As they exchange vows
Date and time
However you decide to personalize your invitations, just remember, it’s the bride’s parents first, and the groom’s second. Just as it is the bride’s name listed first, then the groom’s. Regarding the rest of the invitation, the date and time should always be spelled out if you’re going for a formal, traditional wording:
Saturday, the sixth of December
two thousand fourteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Some couples choose to use a December 6, 2014 at 3:00 format for a more contemporary feel.
Wording the invitation
Whatever the occasion, there are certain timeless expressions that are always appropriate and will never go out of style. These include:
- The honor (honour) of your presence is requested
- You are cordially invited
- We request the pleasure of your company or The pleasure of your company is requested
- You are invited to attend
- Please join us as we celebrate
Finally, to alleviate any confusion and unnecessary phone calls to the host, make sure you have included all necessary information on the invitation. If you are hosting a formal affair, “formal attire,” ”black tie” or “black tie optional” should be stated on the invitation. If you are depending on a head count, put your RSVP information at the bottom of the invitation. Surprisingly, some people don’t know that unless their children’s names are included on the envelope, they are not invited. It is absolutely proper to say on the invitation, “adults only, please.”
As the host, you are going to be very busy executing the details of your party. The last distraction you need is unwanted phone calls from your guests. All the information your guests will need should be included on the invitation and RSVP cards, if printed.