Ideas for Crafting Creative, Custom Wedding Invitation Text

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Picking out wedding invitations is one of a brides’s most exciting duties. Invitations can be found in almost any color and design style imaginable. For many couples, picking out invitations that express their unique personalities is important. Many brides and grooms have moved away from the super-traditional wedding invitation wording of times past, opting for more modern versions of timeless sentiments.

Writing the text for a wedding invitation can be a challenging task. You want to express your personality while demonstrating good etiquette and communicating essential information. For many modern brides, wedding invitations will be complemented by a wedding website that also provides guests with information about the event, venue and couple.

When deciding on wedding invitation wording, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. You’ll need to decide if you want to include a reception insert card and how you would like to collect RSVPs. In order to make the most of the invitation selection process, be sure that you have an excellent idea of the overall look and feel of your wedding itself prior to ordering invitations.

Invitations 101: The Basics

A wedding invitation is designed to announce your upcoming marriage and to inform guests of the date, time and venue for your wedding. As such, your wedding announcement should include brief, general information about you and your partner as well as information about the big day itself. Both traditional and contemporary wedding invitations include this information. Modern brides should feel free to pick fun, interesting invitations that reflect their personalities and sense of style. There is no right or wrong when it comes to the colors and styles to use for wedding invitations.

When picking invitations, it is important to decide if you need to include a card with information about your reception, known as a reception insert. Such cards should be included if your reception will be held in a venue different than that of your wedding. Of course, you can choose to include a reception insert even if the ceremony and reception will be held in the same place. Many couples use these cards to provide directions and lodging information to out-of-town guests.

You’ll also need to decide how you’re going to collect RSVPs. You may wish to do so with traditional RSVP inserts, which will require that you include a stamped, addressed return envelope for guest convenience. You can also collect RSVPs via a wedding website, email or telephone. How you collect RSVPs is up to you, but it’s important that you keep your guest profile in mind. Some guests may not be Internet savvy; it’s important to include RSVP cards or a phone number for these guests.

Invitation Wording: Who’s Paying for The Big Day?

After you’ve gotten the invitation basics out of the way, you’ll have to decide on the wording to be used in your invitations. Many brides have moved away from stuffy, traditional phrasing and use contemporary language and wording in their wedding invitations. One of the biggest factors you have to take into consideration when deciding upon invitation wording is who is paying for, or hosting, the wedding.

If both the bride’s and groom’s parents are sharing the costs of the big day, it is good etiquette to include their names in the invitation. If only the bride’s or only the groom’s parents are paying, it is customary to list that couple. If the bride and groom are paying, they can choose to include the names of their parents or adopt a different route. The following examples provide basic guidance regarding invitation wording in these situations. Some couples will want to include the names of their parents even if they aren’t paying, which is perfectly acceptable.

When Both Sets of Parents Are Paying…

 

Mr. and Mrs. John White
and
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Flowers
invite you to share in the union of their children,
Kristina Ann White
and
Marvin Dean Flowers
on June 20, 2012
at the Getaway Club in Marysville


 

The White and Flower families
are happy to announce the marriage of their children
Kristina Ann White
and
Marvin Dean Flowers
on June 20, 2012
at the Getaway Club in Marysville


When One Set of Parents Is Paying…

 

Mr. and Mrs. John White
would like you to join them at the wedding of their daughter
Kristina Ann White to
Marvin Dean Flowers
on June 20, 2012
at the Getaway Club in Marysville


 

It is with great happiness that we invite you to share in our joy as our son
Marvin Dean Flowers marries
Kristina Ann White
on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.
at the Getaway Club in Marysville

Virgil and Janet Flowers


When The Bride and Groom Are Paying…

If you and your spouse-to-be are paying for the wedding, you may wish to adopt a more creative approach to invitation wording. Ideas for creative, interesting invitation wordings are included in the next section. The following examples provide a bare-bones idea of how many couples word their wedding invitations.

 

We all cherish finding that special someone
Falling in love
Enjoying life together…
Please join us as we begin this new journey
at the Getaway Club in Marysville
on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Kristina Ann White and Marvin Dean Flowers


 

Kristina White
and
Marvin Flowers
invite you to share in our joy as we take
the next big step in our lives
on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.
at the Getaway Club in Marysville.


Creative Approaches to Invitation Wording

Perhaps you want to move away from basic invitation wording and come up with something really creative. You should feel free to use your imagination when composing your wedding invitation. After all, this is your wedding. You are free to word the invitation in whatever way you’d like.

The following examples are designed to provide ideas for couples that want to get creative with their invitation wording. If you’re at a loss for ideas, think of any special hobbies that the two of you share. Perhaps you bonded over a special movie or song. It’s a great idea to use such material when creating invitation wording.

 

Hold hands with me
with you I’ll spend
the rest of my life
my dearest friend

Please join us for a celebration of
love, friendship, and family as
Kristina Ann White
and
Marvin Dean Flowers
are married
on the tenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Park Vista Hotel
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Reception to follow ceremony


 

You are my summer breeze,
my sunshine
and my ocean;
to you I pledge my love… forever.

You’re invited to the wedding of
Kristina Ann White
and
Marvin Dean Flowers
on the tenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Park Vista Hotel
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Reception to follow ceremony


 

We finally found each other
At the prime of our life
Please join us to celebrate
Becoming man and wife.

Our ceremony will be held on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.
at the Getaway Club in Marysville.

We would love to see you at our reception
to be held immediately after our wedding.

Kristina Ann White
and
Marvin Dean Flowers


 

Over the years, you’ve shared
our joy, our triumphs and the growth of our family.
Now we invite you to join us as our family grows even more.

We are delighted to invite you to the wedding of our daughter
Kristina Ann White
to Marvin Dean Flowers
on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.
at the Getaway Club in Marysville.

Dr. and Mrs. John White


 

In the good times and the bad,
In sickness and in health,
for every moment of our lives…
We do.

Please join us for our wedding ceremony and reception
on June 20, 2012 at 5 p.m.
at the Getaway Club in Marysville.

Kristina Ann White and Marvin Dean Flowers


Incorporating Timeless Verses, Quotes and Poems in An Invitation

If you want to craft an original invitation but don’t have a talent for creative writing, you can use timeless verses, poems and quotes in your invitation. You’ll be able to find many such poems by looking through your old school textbooks and searching the Internet. You can choose a Shakespearean sonnet or a lesser-known poem to add that extra touch of romance to your invitations.

Brides who want to keep their wedding invitations light, fun and contemporary may also wish to quote favorite song lyrics or movie lines. Is there a song that your friends and family will immediately associate with you and your spouse-to-be? Using a line from a favorite song is a great way to craft a funky, original invitation that your guests are sure to enjoy.

Couples who want to retain a touch of the traditional or who share a strong religious faith may wish to include verses from the Torah, Bible, Koran or other religious text. You can use a favorite verse that you share as a couple or pick a classic verse that has traditionally been used on wedding invitations. What matters is that you express your faith and personality.

Some popular traditional verses include:

“Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be…”
~ Robert Browning


 

Today I marry
my best friend,
the one I
laugh with,
dream with,
live for, love


 

Love comforteth
like sunshine
after rain
~ William Shakespeare


 

But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13


The Finishing Touches

After you’ve decided on the wording for your wedding invitations, you’ll have the pleasure of picking out a great font and graphics or images that you may want included. Finalizing a wedding invitation design can be one of the most exciting parts of the entire pre-wedding process. Remember to carefully proofread your invitation text to ensure that there are no silly errors that might embarrass you later.

It’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes look over your invitation text to check for errors. However, don’t feel pressured to follow the suggestions of friends who don’t like the wording of your invitation. You may choose to weigh their opinions carefully but in the end it is your wedding and the invitation should reflect your personality and sensibilities.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this blog post about wedding invitation wording has provided you with some great ideas for personalizing your wedding invitation wording. Remember, while there is nothing wrong with following traditional guidelines, things have changed quite a bit in the wedding world and you can now feel free to add your own creative style to your wedding invitation wording (and your wedding invitation design as well!). Do you have some great ideas for wedding invitation wording? Feel free to comment below with your wedding invitation wording ideas and verses. You never know, your specially created verse might just be the inspiration for another couple’s wedding invitation wording.

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