How Should I Word My Wedding Invitations?

Sending out your wedding invitations is an incredibly exciting part of Wedding planning. Its such a joy to be a part of it, because once they are in the post... theres no going back! Your guests will have all the essential information in their hands, and it makes it feel very real!

But a very important part of your wedding invitations, is they need to be informative, and it can get a bit confusing. There is much debate over traditional etiquettes, who invites your guests and who's name goes first etc etc. So I have put together a list of examples for you to consider, and ensure the wording is right for your day.

If you order Wedding invitations with Lulabee, I am here throughout the journey, ready with guidance and support, so I feel this is the best way to guide my lovely brides in the right direction for the perfect invitations!

The examples below are just a guide, there are hundreds of ways to inform your guests, from 'requesting the honour of your presence' to 'Shit just got real' - I am here to help everyone!

In This Blog Post:

- Main Information Wording Advice
- How to Tackle the 'no children' dilemma
- Plus Ones?
- Honeymoon Gift Poems
- New Home Gift Poems
- Money Poems

 

Q: Who Is Hosting The Wedding?
A: Brides or Grooms Parents

Idea 1:
 

Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence
request the honour of the company of

......................................

at the marriage of their daughter
Zoe Belinda Lawrence
to
Joshua Patrick Penny


on Saturday 18th March 2017
all held at -venue & address-

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony
Dinner and Dancing to follow



Idea 2:
 

 
Mary and David White
request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Danielle White
to
Peter Mosley


on Saturday  19th September 2014
all held at -venue & address-

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony 
followed by the wedding breakfast and evening reception

 

Idea 3:

 


Francesca & Peter Wellington
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

Elizabeth Wellington
to
James Street

on Saturday 12th August 2017
at - Ceremony and address- 

Please arrive at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm ceremony

Dinner & Dancing to follow
at - Reception and address- 

Carriages at midnight

 

Idea 4:


Mr and Mrs Penny
request the honour of the company of

......................................
at the marriage of

Zoe Belinda Lawrence
to their Son
Joshua Patrick Penny


on Saturday 18th March 2017
all held at -venue & address-

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony
Dinner and Dancing to follow

A: Bride & Groom

Idea 1:


With great pleasure / with hearts full of joy

Danielle Baker
and
Jason Merry

request the honour of your company at the

celebration of our marriage

On Saturday Eighth October, Two Thousand and Sixteen,
at Two O' Clock in the afternoon.

- Ceremony / Venue Addresses -

Reception to follow

 

Idea 2:


Lucy Rose Weymore
and
Benjamin Andrew Sims

request the pleasure of the company of

..........................

To celebrate their marriage on

Sunday 30th May 2017.

Please arrive at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm ceremony,
followed by the wedding breakfast & evening reception.

The Last Dance will be at 11:45pm

All held at - Venue - 

 

Idea 3:


Kathleen Downer
and
Louis Thomas

request the company of

..........................

To celebrate their marriage

on
Friday 28th May 2017

at
- Venue details - 

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony.
 

Idea 4:


Kathleen Downer
and
Louis Thomas

request the company of

..........................

To celebrate their marriage

on
Friday 28th May 2017

at
- Ceremony details - 
Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony.

Followed by the wedding breakfast and evening reception
at
- venue details - 

A: Couple & Parents

 

Idea 1:

 

Together with their Families/ parents

Lucy Rose Weymore
and
Benjamin Andrew Sims

request the pleasure of the company of

..........................

To celebrate their marriage on

Sunday 30th May 2017.

Please arrive at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm ceremony,
followed by the wedding breakfast & evening reception.

Carriages at midnight

All held at - Venue - 

 

Idea 2:

 

Together with Mr & Mrs Downer
and Mr & Mrs Thomas

Kathleen Downer
and
Louis Thomas

request the company of

..........................

To celebrate their marriage

on
Friday 28th May 2017

at
- Venue details - 

Please arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm ceremony

Reception to follow

Q: Are Children Invited?
A: Yes

If you are inviting children, make sure you include their names are included so it is perfectly clear.

A: No

If you are going for a child free wedding, (or you are only inviting close family children) there are a number of ways you can subtly add this to your invitations.

Some examples...

"Unfortunately due to number restrictions we are unable to extend the invite to your children."
 

"We hope you see this as an opportunity to let you hair down and enjoy the party with us!"


"Although we do love all of your little cherubs we would request that our wedding remain adults only."


"Due to limited numbers we hope you appreciate that children are only invited if named"

 

"Unfortunately, as much as we'd like to invite all our friends' children, it is only possible to accommodate children of close family. We hope that you will understand this decision and we very much hope you will still be able to join us on our special day."


 

"As much as we'd love to invite your little ones, sheer numbers mean that it's just not possible. We do hope you understand and can still share and enjoy the day with us."

 

 

Q: Are Guests Allowed A Plus One?
A: Yes

If you are allowing your guest to bring a date, their partner or a plus one, make sure this is crystal clear in the invitation. You must either put their name on the invitation, or write "plus one guest" or "plus one."
Or you you could simply put, "Plus ones are allowed on request".

A: No

Make sure you are clear on who you are inviting on the envelope and the invitation! 

Q: Gift List Or Honeymoon Wish?
A: Honeymoon

"We know it's not traditional it's not the way it's done
But instead of a wedding list we'd like a bit of sun.

Please do not think of us as rude please do not take offence
We do not want to upset you, that's not the way it's meant.

We've lived together quite a while and all the bills are paid
We've got our plates, our pots and pans, our plans have all been made.

So if you'd like to give a gift to help us celebrate
Some money for a honeymoon we would appreciate"

 

"We are sending out this invitation,
In hope you will join a celebration,
But if a gift is your intention,
May we take this opportunity to mention.

We have already got a kettle and two toasters,crockery, dinner mats, and matching coasters. So rather than something we have already got,
We would appreciate money for our honeymoon pot.

But most importantly we request,
That you come to our wedding as our guest!"

 

"We've lived together quite a while with all our pots and pans,
and as we don't need homely gifts we've got another plan!

We know it's not traditional but an awful lot more fun,
to have items on our wedding list to help us catch some sun!

So if you'd like to give a gift and send us on our way
a donation to our honeymoon would really make our day!

Then while we're relaxing on the beach, or by the pool so blue
we'll sit back and know that it is truly thanks to you!"

 

 

 

"The date has been set and we’d love you to come, To celebrate our wedding, a long way for some.

All you must do, is decide what to wear, Then polish your jewellery and comb up your hair.

Don’t worry about gifts, don’t buy us a yacht, The things that we need, we’ve already got.

Our home is quite compact, we may have to move, Then our storage and space will surely improve.

Don’t go out shopping or get yourself stressed,Don’t alter your plans for a pre wedding rest.

If you want to be generous, despite what we’ve said, Then save all the hassle and do this instead….

Don’t know how to word this but will give it our best shot… Contributions are most welcome, we’ll go somewhere hot!

A honeymoon would be marvellous, to start off our life.
In our long winding journey, as new husband and wife!"

 

 

"When thinking of a gift for us, We ask if you’d please consider,
Contributing to our honeymoon, to make it all the sweeter. 

Our house is full of all the things, a couple could require, 
and so a holiday away is what we most desire. 

Then while we're relaxing on the beach or by the pool so blue
we'll sit back and know, that it is truly thanks to you!"

 

 

A: Money/ Vouchers

 

"Please find within this poem,
information just for you, 
With some rules and regulations,
that we both insist you do. 

The first one is vital,
if you're to be our guest, 
To eat, drink and be merry,
or do your very best. 

The second is an order,
so don't bring two left feet, 
as when the evening comes around,
you MUST dance to the beat.

The third rule can be broken,
we really do not mind, 
but if you choose to follow it,
thank you for being kind. 

We've been together for a few years,
and have a lovely home, 
so there are lots of items,
that we already own. 

So if your thoughts were on a gift  your presence will suffice,
but if you really feel the need,
then money would be nice. 

The choice is really up to you,and we would like to say, 
we hope you come, enjoy yourselves, and have a lovely day."

 

"We haven't got a gift list, for all of you to see,
Because as you all know we never can agree!
But if you'd like to help us, start our married life,
cash or high street vouchers, would save a lot of strife!"

 

"We have most of the things we need like a kettle and two toasters,
We have two different crockery sets with dinner plates and coasters,
Pots and pans, knives and forks a chopping board for cheese,
If you would like to give us a gift we would like the money please!"

 

"We've been together quite a while
and have a lovely home,


There are not too many items
that we don't already own.


So if your thoughts were on a gift, your presence will suffice,

But if you really feel the need
then vouchers would be nice.


The choice is really up to you
and we would like to say


We hope you come, enjoy yourselves and have a lovely day."

 


"As you know, we're getting wed.
We've got everything for our house - even the bed!

It doesn't matter, whether your gift is big or small. Whatever you give, we'll appreciate it all."

 

 

A: Money For New Home...


"We really appreciate you sharing our wedding with us,
and your company is all we ask for on this special day. 

If however you would like to give us a present to mark the occasion,
we would be hugely appreciative of a cash-gift,as we are saving in order to buy our marital home.'

 

"More than just kisses so far we have shared, our home has been made with love and with care.

Most things we need we've already got,
and in our small home we now can't fit a lot.

Our next wish once husband and wife,
is to buy a house and enjoy married life.

We can't wait to see you on our wedding day, to enjoy all the special moments and party away!

But please, only IF you wish to participate, a donation of money would be ever so great.

And when we are sat in our home so new, we can look back and say it was all thanks to you.

With love, the soon to be Mr & Mrs."

 


 

"So what do you get for the bride and groom, Whose house needs things in every room?

When shopping for a present please don’t be rash, as there is always the option to just give cash!

We hope you don’t find our request to be funny, but we really would appreciate a gift of money.

And once we've replaced the old with the new, We can look back and say it was thanks to you."

 

 

Disclaimer:
All images in this post are taken from the wonderful pinterest and are not my own.

 

 

Caroline & Darren's Wasing Park Wedding

Such a lovely wedding to be a part of. Held at Wasing Park on Friday 27th June 2016, with just enough last minute sun to secure a beautiful outside ceremony in Wasing's Summerhouse.

Caroline and Darren had a rustic wedding filled with pastel colours aplenty, hints of stripes and spots and lots of Lulabee items to further personalise their day.

I helped the couple with the following items for their special day;

♥ Personalised Wedding this Way Sign
♥ Ceremony/ Reception sign
♥ Bicycle Flower pot sign
♥ XL Polaroid display
♥ Palette Table Plan
♥ Large Card
 Box
♥ Colouring books for the children
♥ Gold easel and mirror
♥ Bespoke guestbook display for vintage postcards (loved this!)

Flowers by: Lindsey at The White Horse Flower Company
Venue: Wasing Park



 

Catherine & Kevin's Wedding day

What a beautiful Wedding, and such a lovely lovely couple. I don't often meet the Bride and Groom but Catherine and Kevin were so friendly and it was lovely to meet them both on the morning of the wedding, and the following day as Mr and Mrs Goodchild!

The Ceremony was held at Norton Parks beautiful 400 year old barn, right up my street and looked so beautiful! The Reception was then held in the Manor House, such a hidden gem! I had no idea this beautiful building existed until this day, set alongside a breathtaking lake setting. 

Bluebells

I thought I'd share a little different post today. With this beautiful weather May has brought us (currently 26 degrees), I thought I'd share some photographs of my Sunday with my gorgeous doggies Bear and Bee. We are very fortunate that my husbands parents own beautiful bluebell woods, the doggies love it and today it was such a beautiful sea of blue!

 

Enjoy!
- More blog posts coming soon! :) Promise! 

Bo & Tim

I've been quite slow on the blog post front recently, I have so much I want to talk about but haven't made the time to sit down and write it all out! But this is a post I just had to write about and I couldn't wait to share it.

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Bo and Tim are getting married in May - yes next month, not long! And although Bo had initially created the designs for their invites, hadn't had a spare minute to finish them with their very busy schedules. When asked if I could help I was so excited, but very apprehensive as Bo is a (lovely and oh so beautiful) stationer herself. Lovely Timmy on the other hand, won't shy to give his very honest opinion (picture a 6ft 7 man standing over me (5ft 3) looking for spelling errors! - thankfully there were none ey Timmy! ;) ). So the pressure really was on from the get go!

Time was of the essence, and with a few tweaks here and there the design was 'lulabee-d' and put to production in a matter of days! Bo particularly loved the kraft pocket-fold design, especially with the mini Rsvps so it was a no brainer! The day invites consisted of lace detailing to the front and inside with a little photo of the couple (a detail Tim was very fond of). Inside lay two double sided inserts, full all the lovely information for their guests. I made a bespoke map, which was a lovely extra touch and such a joy to create. Of course the little rsvp's with matching envelopes and stickers were popped in too! 
The evening invites were simplified versions of the day invites, with a additional information card (a late addition so not photographed). 

I have to say I absolutely loved making these invitations, and to see the shear happiness from Bo and Tim made it so truly special. Tim phoned me on several occasions just to thank me, again and again and it was so humbling! You both deserve so much happiness, and I'm so excited to be a guest at your wedding very soon, Eee!

Kind words:
" Laura created the most beautiful invites on such a tight time frame. Nothing was too much trouble and we could not be happier with them. She did exactly what we asked her for and added some beautiful personal touches that we wouldn't have even thought of. We have received the most amazing feedback and they only went out last week! Thank you Laura, you have made the perfect start to our Wedding and we couldn't be happier ❤ "

Navy Blue & Blush

I think when it comes to weddings, almost any colours can work. I have so many colour palettes I want to explore on here and on paper! This week I am sharing  navy blue and blush.
What stunning contrasts these colours create when put together!

Navy suits are incredibly popular and easy to source so are a great way to dress the men and tie your colours in. Blush bridesmaids will look stunning, and these colours will work together all year round. The Navy adapts for the colder months whilst the blush pink brings out the softer tones more suited to Spring and summer flowers. 

Enough babbling, I think images can do the work for me on this one...
 

Pink and Gold Inspiration

Hello
"it's me" - couldn't resist!

So as always, my new years resolutions don't quite stick to their original plans. My blog was sort of neglected, almost instantly. However! From now I am going to consistently write on here, with inspiration, updates, love stories, recommendations and so much more!

Every week I will be posting lots of gorgeous inspirational colour palettes!
Pinterest is heaven on earth - but it can be quite overwhelming! I however think choosing colours/ themes are a great starting point when planning the further details for your wedding.
For me anyway, when it comes to stationery, colour palettes are where my research blossoms.

This weeks colour inspiration is
PINK AND GOLD
Gold is going to be really big this year, I can feel it! It goes so well with so many colours, so don't be surprised if you find me matching gold and plum, gold and powder blue, gold and peach, gold and peacock green... you get the idea! Gold is amazing!

Photos are courtesy of the wonderful pinterest.

I'll be back next week!

Laura x