Formal and Informal Invitations

Wedding Invitation Etiquette: formal and informal invitations


Both formal and informal wedding invitations need to be phrased in a way that clearly informs the guest about the date of the wedding, what time, and where it is going to be held. Wedding invites also need to show who exactly will be hosting the wedding. Below, we have explained when to use formal and informal wedding invitations.

Formal Wedding Invitations: Needless to say, the more formal your wedding is, the more formal your wedding invites need to be.

A good example of a formal wedding invitation is when the bridal couple is hosting the wedding but also would like to honour their respective parents.

Jennifer Sarah Brown

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brown


Mr. Andrew Michael Webster

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Webster


Request the honour of your presence

at their marriage

on Sunday, the third of July

two thousand and fourteen

at two o-clock


St John’s Church

Dublin, Ireland

If the wedding is not being held at a place of worship, then the line ‘honour of your presence’ will need to be replaced by ‘pleasure of your company’. In those very formal invitations, the date and year need to be spelled out in full, instead of 2nd or 2014.

Informal Wedding Invitations: If you have decided to have a small and intimate wedding, or simply an informal celebration, your wedding invitation can include slightly more informal language and style.

In the above example, you can change the phrase ‘request the honour...’ to something like ‘wish to invite you to their marriage.’


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