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So you’re ready to order your Wedding Stationery, but what information do you need to include? What are the rules? What is traditional? Here at Starfish Lane, with over 20 years experience, we’re here to answer all your questions related to your Wedding Invitation Wording.

The rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. The most important rule of all is that you create a beautiful wedding invitation that represents you and your relationship. Whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what.

In this blog post we cover each item of your Wedding Stationery Suite, discuss the do and don’ts and give you examples to provide you with some linguistic inspiration.

Save The Date Wording

Save the Dates are a simplified invitation informing your guests of your wedding date and location, so that they have plenty of time to clear their calendar. Simply, they include the title ‘Save The Date’ along with the couples names, their wedding date and a general location – i.e Perth, WA. Commonly, you follow this with ‘Formal Invitation to Follow’ so that your guests know to expect more detailed information closer to the date.

Invitation Wording

The wording of your Wedding Invitation combined with the design will give your guests a feel of style of your special day. Is it a formal traditional event or is a more relaxed casual affair? Although this will dictate the way you word your stationery, there a key elements of information that must be included regardless as listed below.

What must I include on my Wedding Invitation?

  • The request to come to the wedding
  • The names of both people marrying
  • The date and time of the event
  • The location
  • Reception information
  • Dress code
  • RSVP Date – Even if you have this on a separate RSVP card or Details card, we always recommend you place this on the invitation as an easy to find reminder.
  • Consider Extra Details – If you aren’t including a RSVP/Details/Gifts Card to go along with your invitation, you may need to include this information on the invitation. Information such as when and how to RSVP, your couples hashtag, or a brief sentence regarding gifts may be placed at the end of the invitation.  However, we generally encourage our customers to keep wording on the invitation to a minimum and only include the crucial details as listed above. If you do need to include this info on the invitation – keep it brief. And if you have a lot of  information to pass on to your guests, we recommend a separate card whether that be a Details Card or separate Gifts Card.

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording

Example 1.

Guest Name/s
Mr and Mrs Carlo & Sandra Lombardo
together with
Mr and Mrs Sam & Lisa De Domenico
Request the pleasure of your company to
celebrate the marriage of their children

Emily & Nathan

On Saturday the 5th October 2019 at 1pm
Virgin Mary Mother of the Church
36 Chittering Road, Bullsbrook
Followed by
Pre-dinner drinks and Reception
commencing at 6.30pm
Crown Perth, Astral Ballroom
Kindly RSVP by Sunday the 21st July 2019

Example 2.

Guest Name/s

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of

Alexandra Louise Habgood


Kurt Geordie Harrison

Thursday, the seventh of November

Two thousand and nineteen

At four o’clock in the afternoon

Parmelia Hilton

14 Mill Street – Perth, Western Australia

Reception to follow

At six o’clock in the evening

Black tie optional

Example 3.

Guest Name/s
Mr and Mrs Carlo & Sandra Lombardo
together with
Mr and Mrs Sam & Lisa De Domenico
Request the pleasure of your company to
celebrate the marriage of their children

Rebecca & Christian

On Saturday the 5th October 2019 at 1pm
Virgin Mary Mother of the Church
36 Chittering Road, Bullsbrook
Followed by
Pre-dinner drinks and Reception
commencing at 6.30pm
Crown Perth, Astral Ballroom
Kindly RSVP by Sunday the 21st July 2019

Modern Wedding Invitation Wording

Example 1.

Together With Their Families


Have The Pleasure of Inviting
(insert names)
To Join In The Celebration Of Their Marriage

Saturday 7th March 2020

Ceremony Commencing At 3PM
Matilda Bay Restaurant
3 Hackett Drive, Crawley

Dinner And Dancing To Follow

Dress Code – Formal

Please RSVP by 10th January 2020

Example 2.

Hannah and Steve’s

Wedding Soiree


Old Customs House
8 Phillimore Street,
Fremantle WA

Reception to follow

RSVP by 12th August
For more details and to RSVP
visit our website

Example 3.

Sarah Wilkinson & Sam Murray
invite you (guest name & guest name)
to celebrate their marriage
Thursday 2 January 2020
Three o’clock
St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco
followed by reception at
71 Blencowe Street, West Leederville
Dress Lounge Suit

RSVP 10 November 2019

Wishing Well/ Gifts Card Wording

For many, tackling the subject of gifts can be a tricky one. Traditionally, wedding gift giving started long before people lived together before marrying, and it was always to ensure the bride and groom walked way at the end of their big day with a small nest egg to start their married life. Nowadays, with many couples living together before marriage, wishing wells or gifts of cash are more commonly preferred.

Many find it a bit awkward and are unsure how to address the subject without offending people, but remember, your guests will want to buy you a gift and will be happy to know what kind of gift you would like to receive; be it from a gift list, money or help towards your honeymoon.

Your wording choice will depend largely on what you’d like to request –  A wishing well donation, a gift registry item or simply no gifts at all. There are so many gentle and sweet poems if that’s your style, or just a simple one-liner that makes the message immediately clear. This one really comes down to you as a couple and what you feel comfortable with.

Modern Wedding Invitation Wording

Gift of Money

  • If you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way.
    A gift of cash towards our house would really make our day.
    However, if you prefer a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own special way.
  • If you do wish to give us something, a little cash to spend on our honeymoon (or our new home) would be very much appreciated.
  • So what do you get
    For the Bride and Groom,
    Whose house needs things
    In every room?When shopping for a gift,
    You needn’t be rash,
    As there’s always the option,
    To just give cash!We hope you don’t find,
    Our request to be funny
    The decision is yours:
    To buy a present or give money.Now you have the choice,
    Please do not fuss.
    The most important thing of all,
    Is that you’re there to celebrate with us!
  • We’re truly overwhelmed by your prayers and blessings. But if you desire to bring a gift, a wishing well will be present.

Gift Registry

  • All we really want for our wedding day is for you to be there to celebrate with us, but if you’d like to give us a gift, we have a gift list at (Gift list registry name) (, our gift list number is 456789.
  • Please donʼt feel obliged to give us a gift – all we really want is to have a lovely wedding which we can share with our friends and family. However, if you would like to give a gift and are looking for inspiration, we have set up a list at (Gift list registry name) (, list number 123456. The list is open for 8 weeks from 3rd August.
  • We hope you can join us in celebrating our marriage! Please know that your presence is the best gift you could provide, but should you feel inclined, we have a gift list with The Wedding Shop

No Gifts

  • Your presence is the greatest present of all, please no gifts.
  • Please no gifts as we have everything we could ever need, your presence is the only gift we could want.

Other Options.

  •  Please donʼt feel obliged to buy us a gift, we just want you to come and have a good time with us! However, if you prefer to purchase a gift, feel free to surprise us!

RSVP Card Wording

Your RSVP Card is crucial in directing people on how to confirm or decline their attendance on your big day. The first thing you need to think about is how you would like people to RSVP to you? Would you prefer they mail back a physical RSVP card, or would you prefer this electronically via email, wedding website or phone? If you provide your phone number as an option, we always recommend you specify to reply via text. Why? Because you have this in writing to refer back to, especially if a loved one calls whilst your out and about and by the time you’ve returned home you’ve completely forgotten what was said.

Physical RSVP Card Wording –

Example 1.

Kindly Respond by

the twenty-second of September


___Accepts with Pleasure ___Declines with Regrets


Example 2.

The Favor of your response is requested by

the twelfth of February


___ Joyfully Accepts ___ Regretfully Declines

Please initial the meal choice for each guest

_____ Cabernet Filet Mignon

____ Baked Salmon Filet

____ Quinoa with Tempeh

Example 1.

by 20th August 2021

Example 2.

Kindly reply by 20th August 2021
including any dietary requirements


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Modern Wedding Invitation Wording

Frequently asked questions –

Do we need to use our full names?

Do we need to acknowledge our parents on the invitation?

Should I put guest names on the invitation?

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