Traditional Wording

In its simplest form, this is the standard wording template:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan River
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
to Joshua James Smith
Saturday the twenty-third of May
Two thousand and fifteen
at six o'clock in the evening
Terranea Resort
Rancho Palos Verdes, California  
Reception to follow

Proper Names of those hosting
Request Line
List of relationship of the Bride to the Host
Bride's First and middle names only
Groom's Full Name
Day of the week, Day and Month of wedding
Year of Wedding
Time of Ceremony
Name of Ceremony Location
City and State of Ceremony Location (no zip code)
Reception Line (if applicable)

Note: If the bride's parents are hosting, it is customary to leave off the bride's last name. If the groom's parents are involved, the bride's last name should be included.

Give Proper Recognition

Any parent or important loved one not mentioned on the invitation should be recognized elsewhere. Some ideas: a special note in the ceremony program, a special toast at the rehearsal dinner, or a shout-out at the wedding reception.

One set of parents hosting invitation wording. Using Merlo for the capped font, and Ondise for the script font. Bird on Banner design.

Both sets of parents hosting wedding wording. Using Copperplate for the capped font and Carolyn Pro for the script font. Wreath and ribbon design.

Couple and parents hosting wedding wording. Using Compendium for script font and Charlemagne for capped font. Flowers and Ribbon design.

Couple hosting wedding wording. Using Cantoni Pro font for the names and Jayne Print Hand font for the information. Pretty Arrows design.