How to write formal wedding invitation letters

Updated April 17, 2017

It's important to get everything right for your special day. Wedding invitations can sometimes cause confusion, as there are many options for how to word them. When planning a wedding, you have so many different things to sort out that having to quibble over the wording of your invites is an unwanted distraction. If you decide to write formal wedding invitations, there are just a few conventions you need to follow.

Write the names of the bride, groom and any other people named on the invitation in full. Include middle names, unless they don't fit, in which case you should omit them rather than use an initial.

Decide who is to be issuing the invitation, as this will influence its wording. If the parents of the bride are issuing the invitation, it should start:

"Mr. and Mrs. (husband's name)


The above is the same for parents of the groom. If separated or single parents are issuing the invitation, it should start:

"(mother's name)


(father's name)


If the couple is issuing the invitation, it should start:

"(bride's name)


(groom's name)


Spell out all numbers, such as the date, including the year, and the time of the wedding.

Use the appropriate request. If you're holding the ceremony in a place of worship, write, "request the honour of your presence." If your wedding is happening in a secular building, it should read, "request the pleasure of your company." This should be followed by the couple's names, the date, the time and location of the wedding.

Write any numbers in names as roman numerals. For example, "John Smith III," not "John Smith the third."


Use the British spelling of "honour" and "favour" in a formal wedding invitation.

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