We have suggested the wording below as a guide – but you can have anything you wish on the wedding stationery. Either include your wording on the order form or email us – this is essential for the Order of Service and for the booklet format where you must email us your guest list to have typeset on the invitations.

Wording for wedding invitations – to Church and reception venue
Mr and Mrs Thomas McCourt are delighted to invite (guest’s name) to the marriage of their daughter Katherine to Mark Old at Plaxtol Parish Church, Tonbridge on Saturday 4th November 2014 at 2.30pm and afterwards at Alexander House Hotel
(If wedding and reception is held at the same venue, simply end with……on Saturday 4th November 2014 at 2.30pm at Alexander House Hotel followed by dinner and evening reception)
Reply address should be added if you are not including a Reply Card, and if required, a dress code.

Alternative wedding invitation wording
The wording may change according to who hosts the wedding:
If the brides’s parents are hosts: Mr and Mrs McCourt…the marriage of their daughter Katherine
If one of the parents is widowed: Mrs McCourt…her daughter Katherine / Mr McCourt…his daughter Katherine
And if they have remarried: Mr and Mrs Harrison…her daughter Katherine / Mr and Mrs McCourt…his daughter Katherine
If the parents are divorced and co-hosting: Mr McCourt and Mrs Harrison…their daughter Katherine
If the bride and groom are hosts: Miss Katherine McCourt and Mr Mark Old…at their marriage
An invitation to a blessing: Mr and Mrs Thomas McCourt are delighted to invite (guest’s name) to the service of blessing, following the marriage of their daughter Katherine to Mark Old …

Ceremony of Commitment
Katherine McCourt and Emma Old are delighted to invite (guest’s name) to their Ceremony of Commitment at Plaxtol Registry Office, Tonbridge on Saturday 4th November 2014 at 2.30pm and afterwards at Alexander House Hotel.

Ceremonies abroad
Following the marriage of Adrian and Áine in St. John Lateran Church, Rome, Mr and Mrs Tony Mullan request the pleasure of the company of (guest’s name) to a reception at Kees Hotel, Stranorlar, County Donegal on Friday 8th July 2014 at 8.00pm.

Following their wedding in Mauritius on 1st March 2014 Miss Sophie Cottrell and Mr Anand Gopaul are delighted to invite to a party in celebration of their marriage at the Bang Bar, The Aquarium Restaurant, Ivory House, St. Katharine-by-the-tower, London, on Saturday 18th March 2014 at 7 o’clock.

We can also print bilingual copy if you send the translation when you order

Wording for evening invitations

Mr and Mrs Thomas McCourt are delighted to invite (guests name) to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Katherine to Mark Old at Alexander House Hotel on Saturday 4th November 2014 at 7.00pm
(Evening Invitations should have the reply address and remember to add Black tie if there is a dress code)

Wording for inviting Children
If some of your guests are bringing children, you may want to include some information for them on the Guest Information card – such as if an entertainer is available, children’s menu, or ask guests to bring plenty of toys and colouring books to keep their kids entertained. However if you’d like to exclude children, you need to make it clear (in a nice way!), that they are not invited. Heres some ideas previous Brides and Grooms have had.

Unfortunately due to number restrictions we have been unable to extend your invitation to include any children during the day. They are more than welcome to join in for the evening reception. We hope this doesn’t cause you any inconvenience and that you will still be able to attend and share our wedding with us. Please enjoy your ‘day off’ in our company.

After careful consideration we have decided not to invite any children apart from those involved in the bridal party. We hope this does not cause offence.

We are sorry, but due to limited space and the nature of the venue we are unable to extend this invitation to children or babies.

Regretfully, although we’d love to see your children on our special day, we sadly are unable to accommodate them, so please take this opportunity to give yourselves the day off!

As many of you have decided to go and have lots of children over recent years, we simply can not accommodate them all, so why not leave them at the grandparents and come and have a late night.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions on daytime guests, we are unable to extend this invitation to your children. However we will happily welcome children to the evening reception from 7pm. We hope you will understand this decision and that you will see this as an opportunity to let your hair down and join us in enjoying our special day!

Wording for Reply Card
Your reply address is included, so guests can post directly. If you are worried about timing, you can also add a reply by date.
Name of guests: (your guests will write here)
– Yes, I/we would love to come
– Sorry, I/we will be unable to attend
Please reply using this card by 1st April 2014.
If necessary you can also add other questions such as are you a vegetarian, or do you have any specific dietary requirements?

Order of Service
Entrance music, hymns, prayers, marriage, benediction – you will be able to obtain this from the Church you are getting married in and must always check it with the clergy before ordering. Due to the amount of text in your Order of Service we must receive this in a typed format on CD or email.

Click here to download an example Order of Service (in pdf format).
Or click here for an example of a civil ceremony (in pdf format).

The details of your wedding banquet – this will be obtainable from your caterer’s or reception venue

Table numbers

These can either be numbers or names of your choice.

Camera Cards
If you have included disposable cameras on the tables for guests to take their own pictures, you may want to add a card that lets them know what to do, and where to take the camera when full.

If you want to be really creative, you could write the instructions as part of a poem!
Take this camera and have some fun
Get some pictures of everyone!
Maybe you’ll see something we didn’t see
That we can keep as a memory.
To make sure the photos aren’t trashed
Please always remember to use the flash!
When you’ve taken as many photos as you possibly can
Please hand the camera to the Best Man.

Thank you Card
Contains your reply address (as a newly wed couple) and space to write your own message

Guest information
We have outlined some suggested text to include on a guest information card.
Accommodation: (list the Hotel’s name, address and telephone number, and perhaps room price so your guests have a wide choice)eg: Sunridge Hotel, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AW T: 01747 853130 (from £30 per person)
Wedding List: (you should receive details of this from the store you have placed your list with ie tel. number, account name, availability) eg: A wedding list is available at Habitat from mid-March. Phone xxx to locate your nearest store.(If you feel uncomfortable mentioning gifts, you can always end with: Please do not feel obliged to buy a gift.)
Travel: (you should be able to get concise, easy-to-follow directions from the venue – remember to include road directions, and nearest British Rail Station and we can also provide a map. You should also print the full address of the church and venue)eg: The Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9HW T: 01747 851980

The Wedding List
Although many modern couples have already set up home together, it is still a good idea to give your guests an idea of your taste and what items you would like. You can place your list with a shop or department store (or split it between a few) as this service is usually free – remember to include a wide variety of gifts that will cover all budgets.

If you would prefer cash or gift vouchers here are some examples of other wording:
Your presence rather than presents are important to us however John Lewis gift vouchers would be appreciated.

Having just moved into our first house together there are still many things we need for our new home. We would appreciate gift vouchers for Next, Ikea or M&S. But please do not feel obliged to buy us anything – we would just love you to be there.

And here’s some more creative ideas that past Brides and Grooms have come up with:

We can’t wait to see you on Saturday, is the first thing to say
We hope you can share the love and happiness on our wedding day.
So if your thoughts were of a gift, your presence will suffice
But if you really want to, help towards our honeymoon would be nice.
The choice is really up to you and we would like to say
We hope you come and enjoy yourselves and have a lovely day.

We know it’s not traditional, it’s not the way it’s done
But instead of a wedding list, we’d like a bit of sun
Please do not think of us as rude, please do not take offence
We do not want to upset you, that’s not the way it’s meant.
We’ve lived together quite a while and all the bills are paid
We’ve got out plates, our pots and pans, our plans have all been made.
So if you’d like to give us a gift to help us celebrate
Some money for a honeymoon we really would appreciate.

To celebrate our wedding you may wish to buy us presents
However this is not required, all we want is your presence
If you insist, we must admit, some money would be great
to help us with our new house at a later date.
Regardless of which choice you make, all we would like to say,
is come along and have some fun, on this our special day.

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