Invitation Wording

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
2810 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

no names at all? that’s odd. i wouldn’t do that, even with a photo.

maybe just use your first names?

Post # 3
1139 posts
Bumble bee

I think your guests would still appreciate having your names on it…and I agree with the PP, maybe just first names to keep it casual. 

Post # 4
3757 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

glasgowgirl:  You need the first and last names of the bride and groom on your invites. Names can jog memories much better than most pictures. Plus, what if they want to write you a check, give you a personalized gift and so on? If they have any doubts on the spelling of names, they likely won’t do it.

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Here is an example of more casual wording that does not include a mention of families or parents

Post # 7
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

glasgowgirl:  You were on the right track with the passive voice, but you should definitely clarify WHO is being married. 🙂

The pleasure of your company

is requested at the marriage of



Glasgowgirl’s FI

on day, date

at time



and afterwards at a reception


Post # 8
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah you don’t NEED to include parent names.  We both have good relationships with our parents, mine are contributing some $ as is my grandmother, but we found an invitation we loved that didn’t really have a good way of putting family members’ names in, not even in a “together with their families” way.  (This is our invite, in the yellow and gray version:!desc%26xnav%3dpagenav%26xnid%3dtop&uei=755688&ag=true&ssc=1&ag_category_id=2482&xnav=previews&xnid=image_39&rd=1#alt_doc_id=M65N6-T2A01-6P6

Even if we did have an easy way to put their names in, I’m not sure we would have included them.  In your case where one set is out of the picture I would just leave it out.  I’m sure your FILs will understand that you don’t want to highlight the strain in your family.

Post # 9
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Another common opening is “Together with their families…”

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