Wedding Invitation Wording that Doesn’t Suck

It took us forEVER to decide on our wedding invitation wording.  It’s not that we were all that indecisive, really, but the thing is, unless you’re planning to go completely traditional, or are a master wordsmith, there aren’t a whole lot of alternatives out there.

In fact, I felt a little overloaded by options that sound suspiciously like a nursery rhyme.

So let’s just say I spent a few (million) hours scouring the web for something a little less traditional that also didn’t suck, and after all of that time invested, I thought I should share a few of my favorites (many of which come from this amazing list here… a treasure trove of unconventional alternatives, it is).

Of course, all of the options listed below can be mixed, matched, and adjusted as you like. Take a little from here, a little from there, until you have the perfect combination.

And if you’re looking to include a really great quote, don’t forget about our very own Quiet Sundays.

(oh, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the post if you want to see the wording we eventually settled on)

What do you think? Would you go with something super unconventional, or do you prefer more traditional wording?

A Little More Traditional

Hosted by one family…

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them
Loved and encouraged them,
We, Mom and Dad (can easily insert, “and other mom and dad” here)
Ask you to join us in honoring our children
As they celebrate the beginning of their adventures together
Date and location

Bring your dancing shoes
dinner and music immediately following ceremony


Hosted by the couple and families…

Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
we invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
Sunday 23rd August at 2 o’clock
The Ashes, Endon, Staffordshire

A celebration with dinner, drinks
and dancing will follow.


Hosted by both families…

The Smith and Johnson families invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
their children
on Saturday, the twelfth of July
two thousand eighteen
at eleven o’clock in
the morning
Green Grove, Marcy Park
Lakeview Road
Santa Barbara, California

Reception immediately
following ceremony


Hosted by the couple…

Join us for our big day!
With joyous hearts,
invite you to attend
our wedding celebration
Half past four o’clock in the afternoon
September 25th, 2012
Bear Flag Farm
Winters, California

Reception, dinner, and happily ever after to follow

A Little Less Traditional

Most of these are hosted by the couple, or are ambiguous as to the host, but could be easily adjusted to include one or both families.

Groom and Bride joyfully invite you to share in our celebration of love and commitment.
Please join us
at the
Ceremony on the back lawn at 5:00 pm
to be followed by an evening of food, music, dancing, and laughter

Guests are encouraged to dress creatively and comfortably. Please keep in mind that we are planning an outdoor ceremony. High heels and uncomfortable formal wear are not recommended.


About Gifts:
The very best present we can receive is your presence at our wedding and your love and support as we embark on this adventure together.

We recognize that especially for those of you coming from far away, simply attending our wedding will already entail spending money on travel and hotel accommodations.
Homemade, handmade, and second hand gifts are welcomed and appreciated. Many of you are contributing your time and energy to this event, and for the gift of your participation we thank you.

To make it easier for the more traditional gift givers among you, we have set up a registry on


He asked, and she said yes…
or was it the other way around?
However it happened
Marcy Punter
Geoff Smiggler
are getting married
and they ask you to join them
on Friday, the seventh of November
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Sunshine Beach Chapel
36678 Sunshine Boulevard
Bay Beach, North Carolina


You are totally invited to the wedding of
Bride & Groom
Sunday, the twenty-seventh of September
two thousand and nine
at five in the evening

ceremony followed by dinner, drinks, and awkward but enthusiastic dancing


we will be attending your awesome wedding
[ ] True
[ ] False
{___} guests will be attending


Need more info?
Are you wondering…
where to stay?
what to do in town?
whats on the menu?
where the wedding is?
who are these people?
Please visit
wedding website


Bride & Bride
Invite you to join the fun
As they stand together with sweaty hands & open hearts
extending their friendship to include the vows of marriage.
location and time
Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow
Costumes encouraged
Wedding website


Because your love and friendship have made us who we are,
And because you enjoy good beer and barbecue as much as we do,
Invite you to join them at their wedding
Local Brewery
doors open for guests to arrive at 6:30 p.m.
wedding ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
barbecue/reception continues at 7:15 p.m.


For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide. – Johnny Cash

With joyous hearts we invite you to share in our weekend of celebration
as best friends become husband and wife
Friday, the Twenty-Third of January
Two Thousand and Eleven
At Five o’clock
The Inn at
Woodloch Pines Resort

Stay with us for a weekend
of hot cocoa and warm company
January 23-25, 2009
Wedding website link


no church, no aisle, no chairs…
just two crazy people in a field
vowing to each other a lifetime
of dirty jokes and random misadventures
please join us as we commit ourselves!

Visit our website for more information!


Groom & Bride
are tying the knot
celebrate with us:
sing, cry, drink, dance, play, and eat
ceremony & reception:
please bring an instrument if you have one

i’d rather sleep in a box like a bum on the street
than a fine feathered bed without your little cold feet
– guy clarke, magnolia wind


There’s something inherently
amusing about tying-the-knot
visibly up the duff. Perhaps
the imminent arrival of our
little bun has hurried the
event, but we’ve been best
buddies since the day we met
and are super excited to
commit to being best
buddies forever. We love
each other so much and
want you to celebrate
with us as we become
husband and wife.

When and Where:
Friday 27th November, 2009
12 Noon (For a 12:15 ceremony)
Wendy Whiteley’s Garden
Lavender Bay, Sydney


They’ve earned enough EXP.
The princess isn’t in another castle.
He is her One. She is his Constant.
Their power level, it’s OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!1!
ahem… So… Not long from now, in a venue relatively close by,
J and H will be getting married! Woot!
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm
[Venue info here]
Pizza, Cupcakes, Dancing, Guitar Hero, and other Festivities to follow!
Got it memorized?


Formal wear? Inconceivable!
Seriously, we’re geeks, people. Okay… so for our wedding we might look a bit more spiffy than usual, but we encourage all our guests to dress in whatever they feel is comfortable. Bright colors FTW! Oh, but we’re not responsible for what happens if you decide to wear a red shirt.
All Your Gifts Are Belong to Us
We already have a hatch-load of stuff. However, if you’re feeling particularly generous we’re registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and Gil, Munny, or Rupees are also acceptable.
We Can Haz Guest List Nao?
If you’re planning to celebrate with us, that would be awesomesauce! Let us know soon, though, mmmmkay? You can RVSP by phone at [number], via teh Interwebs, or by owl post. By the way, those not in attendance may be subject to burnination.
We’re in UR mail, blowin’ UR mind
WTF, right? Wondering what we’re talking about? Don’t panic. If you need some help decoding this L337 invitation, check out our site at wedding website.

…and just for fun, here’s ours.

Your love and friendship have helped us become who we are.

Together with our parents, we invite you to share our joy and support our love, as we exchange vows and celebrate our marriage.

Mark and Laicie


Dinner, drinks, and awkward but enthusiastic dancing to follow.


Who’s In?
_ Will be there with bells on!
_ Will attend, no bells.
_ Will not attend, has bell phobia. Sends regrets.

Kindly reply by the sixth of October.


Spend the weekend with us!

Stop by the farmhouse for a casual barbeque and brunch. We’ll be grilling around 5pm on Friday, and sipping mimosas by 10am on Sunday. Come by to share a laugh and send the newlyweds on their way.

Photo: via Once Wed


  1. Posted August 16, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Haha I love the “enthusiastic dancing” bit! Who could say no to that?

  2. Posted August 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on vows and knots.

  3. Posted August 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Laicie, this is A M A Z I N G. Hands down, the best round up of invite wording I’ve ever seen.

  4. Vicki
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I want my wedding to be remembered for the beautiful, memorable occasion it will be not for the odd wording on the invitations.

  5. Erin
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    i cant even begin to tell you how helpful this was! By FAR the best i have seen and fantastic! wording is no longer stressing me out. i’m having fun mixing and matching 🙂

    • Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Oh my gosh, Erin, that is so great to hear!! I’m so glad I was able to help! Good luck with your planning. 🙂

  6. Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    these options are so cute thank you for sharing

  7. Sarah
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU! It’s taken me weeks trying to find an invite that actually felt like it showcased our personalities and wasn’t just another sappy carbon copy! I’m totally mixing and matching ideas from here! And please don’t be offended but I’m totally stealing your RSVP wording. I always say I’ll be there with bells on….

    • Laicie
      Posted April 15, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      No, I’m not offended at all! I’m flattered!! I’m so happy I could help! 🙂

  8. Diamondgirl
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    AWESOME!!!! For Real its like now a days everything is so boring!! HELLO we are in 2013 already not 1920.. Im glad u posted this i was really tired of ready the sam old boring stuff on invites..

  9. Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    These tips are great! I have a Wedding Violinist website and looking for some wedding tips blog content. Would you mind If i was to share this link through my blog?? This is great!

    • Laicie
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Zorly! Thanks so much! I’d love it if you would share. Just be sure not to re-post the whole thing, and link back to this page to give proper credit. Thanks again!

  10. Jen & Odie
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    My partner and I are getting married and we would like to include the invite to consider the joining of me and my kids with her as a family…HELP!!!! NEED Invite wording! fun, light hearted or simple… Jen

  11. Meg Dickson
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    This has helped me so much! We are not traditional and neither is our wedding. These suggestions suit us perfectly! Thank you so much!

    • Laicie
      Posted January 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      That’s so good to hear Meg!! You’re so welcome. Congratulations on your wedding! 🙂

  12. Mt
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    This is just a copy paste of the offbeat bride post.

    • Laicie
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for visiting, Mt. I’m sorry you feel that way. I can assure you, however, that the post is not a copy paste. It does include additional examples compiled from sources around the web. Because it is heavily sourced from Offbeat Bride’s (awesome) list, however, the list is linked prominently at the top with a recommendation to visit, since there are tons more ideas there that are not included here. I am not a wedding professional and this is not a wedding blog. I’ve taken pains to point out that this list is simply a compilation of my favorites I found while planning my own wedding. I wanted to share these with my readers and to add how easy it is to mix and match, since I found that tip helpful myself. I’m sorry you feel that it’s a hack job. That’s not a reputation I want, so if you take another look and still feel that way, please let me know. I’d be willing to work on any appropriate changes that might avoid such confusion in the future.

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