How to Word Invitations for a Renewal of Wedding Vows

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How to Word Invitations for a Renewal of Wedding Vows
Many couples renew their wedding vows after several years of marriage. (Marc Debnam/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Invitations for the renewal of wedding vows are generally worded the same as first wedding invitations. Important elements of the invitation include an opening statement about the event, the couple's names, the event date, time and location. There is not a right or wrong way to word an invitation. Because invitations help set the tone of the celebration, the wording is based on several factors such as how formal or informal the event will be, and the couple's personal style. The following are some examples of informal and formal invitation wording.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Write a brief statement of invitation for the event. This statement is usually the first or second line of the invitation. Examples:

    Informal:

    The pleasure of your company is requested to celebrate the marriage and vow renewal of [couple's names]

    [Couple's names] invite you to share the joy as they renew their wedding vows

    Formal:

    The honor of your presence is requested at the renewal of vows for [couple's names]

    The honor of your presence is requested at the reaffirmation of the wedding vows of [couple's names]

  2. 2

    Include the name of the married couple. Examples:

    Informal:

    Joe and Jane Smith

    Formal:

    Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Smith

  3. 3

    Write the day of the week and date of the event. Examples:

    Informal:

    Friday, the fourteenth of February

    Formal:

    Friday, the fourteenth of February, two thousand eleven

  4. 4

    Add the time of the event. Examples:

    Informal:

    at four o'clock

    Formal:

    at four o'clock in the afternoon

  5. 5

    Provide the location of the event, including the name and address. Information is generally separated onto two or three lines of text. Examples:

    Informal:

    Admiral Church

    123 Main Street in West Seattle

    Our seaside cabin, 2468 Beach Drive Southwest

    Portland, Oregon

    Formal:

    4 Seasons Church

    26 Main Street (or, Twenty six Main Street)

    Anytown, Virginia

  6. 6

    Include identification of the event hosts (optional). This information, if included, is usually on the first line of the invitation, prior the brief statement about the event. Examples:

    Informal:

    The Children of

    Lauren Smith and Jenny Lee

    Formal:

    Mrs. Lauren Smith and Mrs. Jenny Lee

  7. 7

    Review the invitation in its entirety. An example of all elements together for an informal and formal invitation:

    Informal:

    The pleasure of your company is requested

    to celebrate the marriage and vow renewal of

    Joe and Jane Smith

    Friday, the fourteenth of February

    at four o'clock

    Admiral Church

    123 Main Street in West Seattle

    Formal:

    The honour of your presence is requested at the renewal of vows for

    Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Smith

    Friday, the fourteenth of February, two thousand eleven

    at four o'clock in the afternoon

    4 Seasons Church

    26 Main Street

    Anytown, Virginia

Tips and warnings

  • There are no punctuation marks at the end of each line.
  • When finished with all the steps, review the invitation in entirety. Print out the invitation (if it was drafted on the computer) and review it again, reading aloud.

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