One of the often less considered part of a wedding ceremony planning process is sending the right wedding invitation messages for family members. While you don’t have to take this aspect casually, you also should not forget that you need the right wording for wedding invites to capture and arouse the interest of your invitees to your wedding party irrespective of how closely related they may be to you. More so, you must bear in mind that a wedding comes once in a lifetime, and so, it deserves putting all your best into it to make it as glamorous and memorable as possible.
Because of the important role that having the right wording for wedding invites play in determining who comes and who does not just by the way it is composed and sent out, I have decided to take you through the process of how to write a wedding invitation to your family members who are very important to you. The principles I will be discussing with you are meant to serve as a guide so that, eventually, you are able to come up with a beautiful wedding invitation wording plus one that will be captivating enough to reflect you, your love and that glamorous day you envisage to have. Please read along.
How to write a wedding invitation
While you are not under any obligation to invite all your family members, there are various means you could use to invite those you have decided to have at your wedding ceremony. One of which is printing a marriage invitation card. And if you don’t want to use this, especially if the member of the family is far from you and for time and distance sake, you may not reach time in the shortest time; you could send some captivating modern wedding invitation wording to them by using a wedding invitation email.
Also, another thing trending in town is opting for DIY wedding invitations. Apart from the fact that it can help you to cut cost, you also have the total freedom to customize your invite in such a way that will reflect you. You can choose the colour, typography, the font size as well as the type or kind of paper you want to use.
And good enough, sometimes, when you have a hand-written note, it paints the picture that the recipient is a part of the selected few you have decided to invite to your wedding. Apart from that, when you write with your hand, it is a very good way through which you can express your true self.
So, if you are considering what or how to construct what to send to your family members, these samples of wedding invitation messages can help you:
Bride and I (if the groom to be is the one writing) are tying the knot on (date), and you are one among the few most important people in my life that we would be honoured to have grace the occasion of the wedding. Please, we will be glad if you let us know on time whether you will be present or not so as to help in our preparation process. I have enclosed the invitation card for details.
Another example is this:
For all the questions you have been asking me as to when I would settle down and begin a life of my own, I am delighted to let you know that Stephen and I have decided to end our journey to finding true love and begin that of cherishing our true love. And so, we request that you join us as we exchange marital vows before the whole world at St. Stephens Church (location). We will be so honoured to have you both on that date to share in our joy. The invitation card is attached for details.
Wedding without reception
Having a reception party is good and adds colour to your wedding day, but if you don’t intend to have one due to the cost or whatever reason(s) you may have, there are ways you could send out your wedding invitation messages. An example is the one below:
I am glad to inform you that Boladale and I (if you are writing as the bride) have decided to make our love life official, and we are announcing to the world our intention to be husband and wife for the rest of our life. Consequently, we will like you to gather with us to witness this very important day as we pledge our commitment to love and hold each other till death do us part on Saturday, the twenty-fourth of November two thousand nineteen (depending on the date you have chosen for the event to take place) by eleven o'clock in the morning (time) at Olokode Avenue (location). For reasons best known to us, we have decided not to have a reception party, so you will have to bear with us. We will appreciate if you do well by letting us know in advance if you will be available or not.
Thanks for being there always.
Using wedding invitation quotes
If you are considering how to compose your wedding invitation messages, the use of wedding invitation quotes can help you start off your composition. A good thing about this approach is that these quotes can go along with your marriage invitation card, and they can also accompany your DIY wedding invitations. More so, if it is a wedding invitation email you want to send to your family members, the quotes will fit in as well.
Below are a few examples to help you with your writing process:
Enclosing a marriage invitation card
You could compose your message like this:
I am sure you will be amazed reading this. Like the words of Aristotle that, ”Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies,” I have found my second half in whom my love is made perfect. And so, I am inviting you to please come and celebrate the freshness of our new love with us. I have enclosed the wedding invitation for the details.
PS: Since you are enclosing a wedding invitation card, you may not need to add the details of the wedding while composing your message, you could just simply refer them to the card using the sample above.
Wedding invitation without invitation card
But if you are just writing the invitation message without any printed card, then you will have to write all the details like the example below, using Maya Angelou’s quote:
Dear Auntie Matilda,
I have good news for you! Just like Maya Angelou says that “love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope,” I am glad to inform you that I have found my true love, and gotten to my destination.
On this note, I am inviting you to share in my joy as I begin my love journey of no end with Janet Jupendis. The wedding ceremony will be held at St. Stephens Church (location) on 30th November, 2019 at 11a.m (time).
I am looking forward to having you on that day.
Your treasured niece,
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Below are a few other wedding invitation quotes from different authors that you can use to begin your wedding invitation messages.
- If you want to tell your family how knitted you believe your heart is to your spouse, you can include this quote from Emily Brontë:
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
- Or you consider Paul Coelho’s quote:
Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.
- To express how happy you are with the decision to get married that you are taking, you could start off your invitation message borrowing from William Lyon Phelps:
The highest happiness on earth is the happiness of marriage.
- While trying to explain how courageous you are because of your found love, Lao Tzu’s words will help you:
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage, according to.
- And should you want to word your wedding invite, especially as the bride, you could consider Loretta Young’s quote:
Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you.
There are tons of other quotes online which you can get inspiration from, if you desire more.
Fun wedding invitation wording
If you want to make your wedding invitation message a little more lively, you could use some fun wedding invitation wordings like the following:
Since you were there when we had our first kiss, we are glad to inform you that we are taking it to the next level. And so, we'll like you to witness it as we pledge our love as one. Bride (or groom as the case may be) and I invite you to join us on DATE by TIME at VENUE.
If you want to add some imageries to it, you could weave it like this:
You’ve seen us climb the mountains and encouraged us to reach for the moon. Now, Bride (if the groom is writing) and I invite you to witness it as we are joined in holy matrimony on DATE by TIME at VENUE.
Wedding invitation wording reception card
If you want to add the details of the reception to your invitation card (if you are using one), it will be fine. And if you choose to have a separate card for that, it's not bad; it all depends on you. Your wedding invitation wording reception card may be something like these:
There will be lots of fun and dining immediately after the wedding ceremony till night falls at LOCATION by TIME.
Please join us as we celebrate our new beginning by attending a special dinner in our honour at LOCATION by TIME.
To mark off our new beginning, please join us for a get-together party at LOCATION by TIME.
NOTE: You can use any of the above as your back of wedding invitation wording depending on you. And you can as well weave out some others to use.
While it is expected that your marriage invitation card will contain all the information about the wedding ceremony, if you are using diy wedding invitations, or sending a wedding invitation email without an invitation card, the following are crucial information you should remember to add up in your wedding invitation messages:
- The wedding request.
- The bride or groom’s names (since it is assumed that your family members know your name already).
- The date and time.
- Information about the reception (If you plan to have one).
- A dress code (if you have any dress code you have chosen).
- RSVP, and any other vital information you may want to add up.
How to address your wedding invitation
- If you are addressing a married couple, on the outer envelope, you could write Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith or each of their names like Mr. Paul and Mrs. Pauline Holt; while on the inner envelope, you could write Mr. and Mrs. Smith or Paul and Pauline.
- If they have distinguished titles, say both are Doctors, write Doctors Paul and Pauline Smith on the outer envelope, and Doctors Smith on the inner envelope. But if either is a doctor, write Dr. Paul and Mrs. Pauline Smith on the outer envelope, and Dr. and Mrs Smith on the inner envelope.
- If you are inviting an entire family, just on the inner envelope, you write Mr. and Mrs Smith, Daniel, and Miss Daniella (if the children are not up to 18 years).
- If the family member you are inviting is not married yet, write Mr. Paul Smith or Ms. Pauline Smith on the outer envelope and Mr. Smith or Ms. Smith on the inner envelope (for those who are 18 years and above).
Below are just a few out of many samples of wedding invitation cards:
I hope these wedding messages serve as a guide when you are writing your wedding invitation messages and addressing your family members.