(Closed) What do you write on a wedding invitation if you're already married???

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Call it a Vow Renewal Celebration if you’re actually going to renew your vows, or word it as an “invitation to celebrate our union”  or  “a reception in honor of our union.”  When you include “wedding” or “marriage” in the invite, people assume it’s the actual day you will marry, and some draw the wrong conclusions as to your intent (they think you are being gift-grabby) but if you make it clear that it’s a gorgeous party to celebrate that you were married earlier then everyone will simply look forward to sharing the day with you.

Post # 4
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

That thing you had when you said “I do” and got married?  That was a wedding.

This is a vow – renewal.  Or a celebartion of your marriage.  It’s not a wedding.

That invitation above indicates you will “be joined in Holy Matriomny”, but that’s not true.  You have already been joined in Holy Matrimony.  When you got married.  The first time.

So, I think you can just make a couple changes and still have your celebration.  Just word it a bit different so it’s reflective of what is actually occuring.

Good luck and have fun!


Post # 5
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you should either call it a “celebration of your union” or a “vow renewal” if you are going to say your vows again. Don’t call it a wedding, since you are already married. Love your invites though!

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee

How long have you been married? And does everyone in your family and social circle know, and acknowledge you as a married couple, or was it the kind of thing where you got married quietly (for legal reasons, deployment, etc.) with the intent to have a bigger celebration when you could?

If you haven’t been married long, it was on the DL, and this is everyone’s first real chance to recognize you as a married couple, then it’s okay to word it a little more like a wedding: “We invite you to join in a celebration honoring the marriage of Jane Jones & John Smith,” something along those lines.

If it’s more the case of you’ve been married, and living openly as a married couple, for a while, then it’s in better taste to call it a vow renewal and word it accordingly. “We invite you to join in the celebration as JJ and JS renew their wedding vows on (date) at (time) (place).”

Post # 9
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re wanting something more casual, you could go with something like “We got married; We would like you to be in the celebrations”… In nicer words 🙂 this just off the top of my head

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