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One of the most frequent concerns my brides have is how in the world to word their wedding invitations! Do you keep it very traditional and old school, or should you add some modern flair and only include your first names? The good news is that nowadays there is not really a "right" or "wrong" way to do it - sure, there are some guidelines that can be helpful so you aren't making up all the wording yourselves, but it is your wedding day and your invitations should reflect you and your wedding style. Below are several typical wordings that can help you start dreaming up the perfect combination for your invitations!
The traditional wording is likely the most familiar to your parents and typical of more formal weddings where the bride's parents are the ones hosting the wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. David Reed Williams III request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Elizabeth Ann to Harrison Michael Vanderbilt son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas McVay Vanderbilt.
This structure includes the brides parents' names (Mr. and Mrs. David Reed Williams III), the bride's first and middle names (Elizabeth Ann) and the groom's full name (Harrison Michael Vanderbilt). The groom's parents' names at the end (Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas McVay Vanderbilt) are optional and you don't have to include if you don't like!
Together with their families Elizabeth Williams and Harrison Vanderbilt invite you to celebrate with them on their wedding day.
You could include full names (Elizabeth Ann Williams and Harrison Michael Vanderbilt), or you could just include first names. It's totally up to you and your personality!
Elizabeth Williams and Harrison Vanderbilt are getting married!