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Sample Wedding Invitation Wording for Non-Traditional Weddings

What to write when your wedding doesn't fit the mold

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If you are having a non-traditional wedding, there's no reason to use traditional wedding invitation wording. While you should still make sure to include all the details of who, when (time and date), what, and where, you can then use your creativity to make your wedding invitation wording reflects your personality as well as accurately depicts the wedding itself. Use these wedding invitation wording samples as a guide.

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording for a Romantic Wedding

Please join us
For a celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family
as
Margarita Elena Ramos
and
Thomas Antoine Johnson
Join their hands in holy matrimony
Saturday, June 6, 2015
8 o'clock in the evening
St. Luke's Church
Martinsberg, Virginia
Champagne and dessert reception to follow

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording for a Theme Wedding

Come Fly With Us!
Please Join
Louisa Kelly Brankowich
and
Marcos Andreas Polinopolis
As we take the trip of a lifetime
In getting married
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Lyndon Airport, Hangar B
Reception to follow

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording for a Second Wedding
Trying to figure out how to word an invitation to a second wedding can be tricky. Should use the bride's full name, including the last name of her previous husband? The answer is to use her legal name and/or the name she is known by. However, she may want to include her family surname so as to clarify relationships.

If the bride's parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Darnell Jones
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter
Dewanna Jones McPhereson
To
Christopher Kwame Johnson
Saturday, the sixth of June
At seven o'clock in the evening
Marquis Hotel
Terra Haute, Indiana

If the bride and groom are hosting:

The honor of your presence is requested
At the marriage of
Dewanna Jones McPhereson
And
Christopher Kwame Johnson
Saturday, the sixth of June
At seven o'clock in the evening
Marquis Hotel
Terra Haute, Indiana

Alternate Second Wedding Wording Options

Please join us
As we celebrate new beginnings, new dreams, and most importantly, new love
at the marriage of
Jonathan Alex Becker
and
Morton Peter Darby
Saturday, April 11, 2015
5 o'clock in the afternoon
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Rose Garden
Dinner and dancing to follow

Or

With joy in our hearts, we,
Ramona Lee
and
Steven Ang
Request the honor of your presence
As we exchange marriage vows
and celebrate our new life together
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Etc.

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording That Includes Children

While not necessary, you may want to include your children particularly if you will have a part of the ceremony devoted to them.

Please join
Janet Ana Pamilla
and
Matthew Aiden Day
as they exchange marriage vows
and together with their son, Quinn, celebrate their family
etc.

or

Please join us
At a celebration
Of the marriage of
Linda Rodriguez Winters
and
Gunther Ryder Marquez
And
The family of
Linda, Gunther, Jacob and Elise
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Etc.

Or your children could be the ones to host:

Mr. Jacob Rodriguez
Requests the honor of your presence
At the marriage of his mother
Linda Rodriguez Winters
To
Gunther Ryder Marquez
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Etc.

Or
Mrs. Alicia Wang Arnold
and her son, Jack Arnold
and
Mr. Thomas Gordon Roth
and his son, Thomas Roth, Jr.
invite you to join them
for the uniting of these two families
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Etc.

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording to Reception Only

It is becoming more common for a couple who eloped or had a destination wedding to have a reception later in their hometown. Be careful in the phrasing - don't make it look like there was a local wedding to which they weren't invited, or that you only want more gifts.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Fielding
Invite you to join us
In celebrating the recent marriage of our daughter
Alice Pearson Fielding
To
Arjun Gangadharan
Which took place March 25, 2015 in Dubai, India

Come toast the happy couple
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Grovers Country Club
Plano, Texas

Or

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Fielding
Invite you to join them for a dinner honoring
Mr. and Mrs. Arjun and Alice Fielding Gangadharan
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Etc.

This example makes it clear that their daughter is married, yet doesn't make it look like a second wedding, thus gifts are not expected.

You should also think about your rsvp card wording, and perhaps have a funny response card to make your guests smile.

Whatever your situation, be it a casual wedding, a non-traditional venue, or the inclusion of children, be sure that the invitation reflects both your personality and the level of formality of the wedding. Use these invitation wording samples as a jumping-off point, and tailor them to fit your event. As long as you speak from the heart, it will be beautiful.

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