How to Word Your Invitation: Formally or Informally

The time has come to create your wedding invitation – yay! When you sit down to compose your invitation wording, you pause and wonder just how formal it needs to be.

The answer is simple: it’s up to you!

The best way to determine which style of wording you want to use is to ask yourself how formal you want the wedding to be. Are you planning a wedding that’s rooted in tradition? An upscale soirée? Then we recommend using formal invitation wording.

If you want a casual vibe and tradition is not top on your priority list, then informal wedding invitation wording is a great fit.

Still not sure what you want to do? We’ve put together an entire wedding invitation ensemble, from your wedding invitation to response cards, featuring both formal and informal wording.

Read through these examples, and you’ll have a better idea of what you’d like to use for your wedding stationery.

How to Word Your Invitation: Formally or Informally

The wedding invitations are where you will begin your chosen wording style. There are a few key things to remember here.

Formal wedding invitation wording will:

  1. Spell out everything.
  2. Use full names
  3. Use British spellings (favour instead of favor).

Those are only a few of the rules you’ll need to follow. Read 10 Tips for Wording Formal Wedding Invitations to learn more.

Formal Wedding Invitation Wording Example
Erin Allison Brady
Jacob Kent Burns
together with their parents
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage ceremony
on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of June
two thousand twenty-four
at one o'clock in the afternoon
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3850 Lourdes Drive
Decatur, Illinois

Informal Wedding Invitation Wording Example
Together with our families
we invite you
to the wedding of
Saturday, June 26th
two thousand and twenty-four
at one o'clock in the afternoon
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3850 Lourdes Drive
Decatur, Illinois

The wording on your reception cards may not change much between formal and informal. However, you can have more fun with informal wording!

Formal Reception Card Wording Example
The pleasure of your company
is requested at the Reception
immediately following the ceremony
Decatur Club
158 West Prairie Avenue
Decatur, Illinois

Informal Reception Card Wording Example
Let’s Celebrate!
Join us for dinner & drinks
after the ceremony
Decatur Club
158 West Prairie Avenue
Decatur, Illinois

Follow your chosen wording style throughout the rest of your wedding invitation ensemble. RSVP cards are often very simple when it comes to wording but be sure to spell out the month and date for a formal tone. Going informal? Don’t worry about British spellings of words like “favour.” Go ahead and use “favor” or different wording all together.

Formal Wedding Response Card Wording
The favour of a reply is requested
before June ninth
________Will Attend
________Not Able to Attend

Informal Wedding Response Card Wording
Please reply on or before
June 9, 2024
________Can’t wait!
________Can’t make it

You’re probably wondering how much can we really change between formal and informal envelope addressing.

The biggest difference is seen in the way you address the actual recipient(s). We suggest taking a look at How to Address Wedding Envelopes for helpful advice and examples.

Formal Wedding Invitation Envelope Wording
Mr. and Mrs. Noah McCarthy
101 Brookdale Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701

Informal Wedding Invitation Envelope Wording
Noah and Sara McCarthy
101 Brookdale Ave.
Springfield, IL 62701

There you go – your guide to wording your wedding invitations both formally and informally. If you’re left with any questions about wedding stationery etiquette or need help creating your invitation suite, be sure to reach out to us for help.

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