Wedding invitations

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Wording

There are so many in's and out's when it comes to the wording on your wedding invitation - particularly if you're going formal - that we've devoted an entire article to it, with examples.

The formalities can be especially complicated when your parents, your in-laws, your step parents, you and your fiancé are all contributing to the wedding costs.

Traditional

 When it comes to wording, if you're going traditional and formal, there are a few rules that apply across the board, such as writing out the time and date in full and always putting the bride's name before the groom's, and addressing guests as Mr and Mrs Michael Smith - handwritten.

However, the rule about formalities these days is more about choice rather than 'this is the way it should be done'. If the formal wording and traditional address don't suit you or your wedding style then blaze your own trail and scroll further down under Modern, browse another article we have on Sample Wedding Invitaitons, or stick with tradition and follow the examples below to be safe

Marrying In A Church Or Place Of Worship:

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Smith

request the honour of the company of
guest's name handwritten Mr & Mrs Jack Bloggs
at the marriage of their daughter
Claire Smith
to
Mr. James Bailey
at Saint Anthony of the Fields Church, Melbourne
on Saturday, seventh of December two thousand and ten
at half past four o'clock
and afterwards at
The Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Marrying Elsewhere:

Mr & Mrs Michael Smith together

request the pleasure of the company of
guest's name handwritten Mr & Mrs Jack Bloggs
at the marriage of their daughter
Claire Smith
to
Mr. James Bailey
at The Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
on Saturday, 7th December 2013
at 4.30pm
and afterwards at
Ashton Manor, Diamond Creek

If the wedding is not in a church omit 'request th honour of your presence' and replace it with 'request the pleasure of your company and note that the most formal wedding invitations have the names of the guests written neatly by hand.

Modern

 When it comes to modern weddings - and wedding invitations - you really can be as informal and/or creative as you like - you can take or leave titles, full names, you can use numbers and the digital clock. But if you need a little guidance, we've set out a few typical examples below:

Bride's Parents Are Hosting:

Michael & Philippa Smith

would be delighted to have you join them
to celebrate the marriage of their daughter
Claire Smith
to
James Bailey
at Bilgola Beach
on Saturday, 7 December 2013 at 5 o'clock
and afterwards at their home
"The Shack" 8 Beach Street Palm Beach

Groom's Parents Are Hosting:

Vincent and Pat Bailey

request the pleasure of your company
to celebrate the marriage of
Miss Claire Smith
with their son
James Bailey.....

Bride And Groom Are Hosting:

Claire Smith & James Bailey

would be delighted to have you join them
to celebrate their wedding
at St Mark's Church, Brisbane
on Saturday, 7th December 2013
followed by cocktails at
Rosehill Country Club, South Guilford

OR

Claire Gaibrielle Smith
and
James Oscar Bailey
would love you to join them
to share the joy in their marriage ...

OR

Claire Smith
and
James Bailey
invite you to celebrate with us
at our wedding....

OR

Claire and James are getting married!
We would love you to join us to share our day
and celebrate in a style we all know and love.....

If both sets of parents are hosting together:

Michael and Phillipa Smith
together with
Vincent and Pat Bailey
invite you to celebrate with us
the marriage of their children
Claire + James.
The wedding ceremony will be held at

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