The traditional or formal language is demanded by the wedding invitation wording etiquette but that doesn’t change the fact that the bride and the groom can opt to issue the wedding invitation using their own words.
The wording etiquette also demands for the future married couple to write the basic and necessary wedding information for their guests, and that includes the name of the wedding hosts, the name of the bride and groom and their parents, the location of the wedding with an address, directional signs or sometimes with a printed map, the date and time of the ceremony.
They can also include information about the after-party or the reception following the ceremony or the RSVP, which can be written on the wedding invitation or on a separate card. If the attendance responses are needed for making the final arrangements for the wedding and you need them as fast as possible, you can also add a phone number and the saying “Regrets only’, meaning you will receive only answers from the guests who don’t plan to attend the wedding.
If you find the informal, non-traditional wording to be more appropriate for your personal preferences or somehow matching better with the planned wedding theme, I could make the suggestion of getting inspiration from the formal wording because the information basically remains the same, only the wording is changed.
Also, it will be your personal choice whether to mention the names of the wedding hosts or not. Usually the bride’s parents act as the wedding hosts but this role can be played by the bride and groom themselves if they decide to pay for their wedding or the groom’s parents, if they make the major financial contribution to the organizing of the wedding.
The non-traditional wording allows the future couple to be creative with words and sometimes they can even start the invitation with a favorite quote or poem.
The following advice should be taken in consideration, even if you opt for the formal or the informal wording: be careful when using addressing forms, honorifics, and in general, at the spelling mistakes; try to read several times the invitations, with fresh eyes, and be sure to ask for the help of another person to detect any errors of writing. If one pair of eyes doesn’t take notice to a small mistake, the second pair will surely spot it.<
Only after you are certain you can seal the wedding invitations in their envelopes and mail them out.
The wording is highly important for the Christian wedding invitations, and it is not rare to mention the name of God or Christ in the invitation and requesting Their Holy blessing for this important event for both the bride and groom. Below you may find some examples of Christian wedding invitation wordings.
“Desiring God’s will for their lives and believing that includes each other, Emily Thomson and James Simmons, together with their parents, invite you to share their joy as they are united in the Lord Jesus Christ, on Saturday, the eighteenth of April, two thousand and ten, at six o’clock in the evening, St. Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.”
“God has blessed us with love and friendship. We Emily Thomson and James Simmons have chosen to begin our new life together as one. We joyously invite you to witness as we exchange marriage vows and celebrate with us on our special day, Saturday, the eighteenth of April, two thousand and ten, at six o’clock in the evening, St. Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.”
“In the spirit of Christian joy, Emily Thomson and James Simmons, together with our parents, invite you to share with us the joy of our marriage, on Saturday, the eighteenth of April, two thousand and ten, at six o’clock in the evening, St. Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.”
“God has led two lives to take one path. Emily Thomson and James Simmons, together with our families, invite you to share the joy of their marriage etc.”
“Two lives united in friendship, two friends united in love, our love united in Christ. Emily Thomson and James Simmons request the honor of your presence as Christ unites them to become one, on Saturday, the eighteenth of April, two thousand and ten, at six o’clock in the evening, St. Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.”
“Because you have shared in our lives by our friendship and love, we Emily Thomson and James Simmons invite etc. If you are unable to attend we ask your presence in thought and prayer.”