Wedding Invitation Wording: Our Tips & Samples

He’s popped the question and you’ve gleefully accepted his proposal. Now it’s time to gather the guests! Once you have chosen your stationery, it’s time to put pen to paper or fingers to keys and find out what goes in your wedding invitations! Wedding invitation wording can leave many couples feeling a little frazzled, so we’ve put together a list of wedding invitation samples, essential details to include and some optional extras.

Let’s start with the introduction wording as this can often be the most challenging element. You may want to follow wedding invitation etiquette with regard to the hosts of the wedding.

If the Bride’s Parents are Hosting

Traditionally, the bride’s parents would pay for/ host the wedding. When this happens, etiquette suggests her parents extend the invitation to guests.

Mr & Mrs Mark White request the pleasure of your company at
the marriage of their daughter Ciara Leah Taylor to Edward Joseph Harris

If Both the Bride and Groom’s Parents are Hosting

When both sets of parents are hosting, or you’d like to mention the parents on both sides, it’s customary for the bride’s parents to be listed first on the wedding invitations. If you want to save space on the invite, or if both sets of parents and the couple are contributing, you can include all the names. This also works for blended families.

Together with their families Ciara Leah Taylor & Edward Joseph Harris
invite you to celebrate their marriage

If the Couple are Hosting

Should the bride and groom be hosting the wedding themselves, then the parents’ names do not need to be included. You might even decide to use less formal wording.

Ciara Leah Taylor & Edward Joseph Harris invite you to share
the joy of their marriage

If a Same-Sex Couple are Hosting

Wedding invitation wording etiquette is similar for same-sex couples; where there will be two brides or grooms, it’s really a matter of preference which name will go first. Placing the names in alphabetical order is a nice touch or, alternatively, do what feels right for you. If one set of parents is paying for the wedding, you could put those names first on the invitation.

Sara Harvey & Tracy Anne Hudson request the pleasure of your
company at their marriage

If a Deceased Parent is Being Honoured by Those Hosting

Honouring a deceased parent by including their name on your invite is a lovely way of keeping their memory alive.

Ciara Leah Taylor daughter of Mark Taylor and the late Jessica Taylor & Edward Joseph Harris son of Andrew and Audrey Harris request the honour of your presence at their marriage

If Step-Parents are Hosting

There are many wonderful combinations that make up a family. Including your step parents or parents’ partners to the hosting lines is a beautiful gesture. You may be wondering how you can make it work – it really doesn’t have to be complicated! In the case where both parents have remarried, you can use their married names.

Mr & Mrs Mark White together with Mr & Mrs Andrew Shaw
request the honour of your company at the marriage of their daughter

If a Second Marriage is Included in the Hosting

If this is a second marriage, you can use the same format and wording as a traditional invitation. However, if the bride still has her name from the previous marriage and the couple is hosting, you might want to add a Ms in
front of her name or omit titles altogether. 

Ciara Leah Taylor & Edward Joseph Harris request the pleasure of your presence at their marriage

If Divorced Parents are Hosting

Where parents are divorced, haven’t remarried and are hosting the wedding together, write their full names ensuring to change your mother’s if she has returned to her maiden name. In the case where one or both have remarried, write your parents’ full names noting your mother’s new surname.

Mr Mark White & Mrs Jessica Blake request the pleasure of {guest’s Name}
at the marriage of their daughter

Set the Tone

The tone of your invites should be taken into consideration; some couples might opt for more lighthearted language over formal, traditional wedding invitation wording. Remember, it’s your day and while it is nice to consider tradition and etiquette, you want to make sure that your identity as a couple shines through.

The All-Important Details

Once you have decided on the introduction from the hosts, there some essential details that you will need to include regardless of the tone of your invite.

  • Names of the Couple – This might seem like a given but make sure to include the names of the bride and groom if they weren’t included in the hosting line at the top of the invite.
  • Invitation – Ensure you include the request to attend the wedding. You can also add the names of who you are inviting if you wish, although the names on the envelope should suffice.
  • Requests – If it’s an adult’s only event, be sure to include this to avoid any awkwardness on your big day.
  • Location – Remember to include the whereabouts of the reception if it differs from the ceremony.
  • Specifics – Be sure to include whether the invitation is for the ceremony, reception, evening party or all of the above. If you are inviting some guests only to the reception, consider separate evening wedding invitations.
  • Date and Time – What could be worse than latecomers stealing your thunder as you walk down the aisle? Adding ‘sharp’ after the time will ensure guests are seated and settled for your grand entrance.
  • RSVP Details – Often included on the wedding invite itself. However, some people prefer to include the details on separate response cards.

Optional Additions

In addition to the essentials, there are some other particulars you may want your guests to take into account. Adding details unique to your day will add a personal touch to your invites.

  • Dress Code – Have a theme in mind? Whether it is a black-tie event, destination wedding or a particular colour scheme you have in mind for your guests, include a suggested dress code.
  • Dietary Requirements – It’s a good idea to give the guests the option to flag any dietary requirements ahead of time and let caterers know before the celebrations begin.
  • Gift Registry – It can be considered bad taste to include your gift registry on your invitations, but including an enclosure card in the envelope or on the website is a nice touch. If you would prefer no gifts, you can include something like ‘Your presence is present enough’ or ‘No gifts please, bring only your appetite and your dancing shoes’.
  • End Time – If your reception venue has a curfew or you want the evening to end at a certain time, simply add the line ‘Carriages at…’ and the time of your choice.
  • Accommodation – Adding accommodation suggestions is a nice touch, especially if you have family or friends travelling to your wedding or if you are getting married in another town, county or country.
  • Wedding Website – Especially practical if you have guests travelling from abroad, you have opted for a destination wedding or if your celebrations will take place over a whole weekend. Your wedding website will come in useful for adding travel details, accommodation options and your wedding itinerary.

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas & How to Wrap Them

Christmas is the season of giving… and eating! These homemade Christmas presents are sure to go down a treat with the foodies in your life. Who wouldn’t love to find a homemade chutney or an infused oil under the tree? Plus you can make them even more special by presenting them in personalised gift wrap. So let’s get started!

Make Your Own Gingerbread

Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell (and taste!) of gingerbread, and it also makes a wonderful present. For something a bit different, why not turn it into a fun do-it-yourself gift. This idea is really simple to put together and has serious wow factor!

Simply layer up the dry ingredients from the recipe below into a jar or even one of Zazzle’s personalised mason jars. Then attach the full recipe to a label or gift tag. All your recipients have to do is add the wet ingredients and follow your simple steps!

Gingerbread Recipe

Dry Ingredients:

• 175 g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
• 80 g light soft brown sugar
• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
• 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

• 50 g butter
• 1 small free-range egg
• 2 tbsp golden syrup


Step 1: Sift the dry ingredients in this jar (flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon) into a food processor. Add the butter and blend until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 2: Beat the egg and syrup together, add to the mix and pulse until it clumps together.

Step 3: Remove the mixture from the processor and knead the dough briefly until smooth. Wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Step 4: Roll out the dough to about 0.5 cm/¼ inch in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using a cookie cutter and pop them onto the baking tray, leaving a little space between them.

Step 5: Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until golden-brown. Leave on the tray for five minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool down. Once cool you can add any icing or decorations!

If your recipients are not the best bakers, just make these yourself then pop them into jars or even favour bags for some pretty presentation.

Hot Chocolate Cones

DIY Hot Chocolate ConesIs there a better combination than hot chocolate and a roaring fire on a cold crisp evening? I don’t think so! This gift is great for children and adults alike and makes for a cute stocking stuffer too. Simply fill a cellophane cone about a quarter way up with hot cocoa or chocolate mix and tie with some ribbon or string. Why not add marshmallows, chocolate chips, or candy canes for an extra festive treat?

Homemade Winter Spiced Chutney

Homemade Christmas Chutney with Personalised Stickers

You’ll need to plan this gift ahead since the chutney needs a few weeks to reach premium tastiness. Pop your preserve into collected jam jars then dress them up with some Christmassy ribbon like this tartan design from Zazzle. You can even label your little pots with cute personalised stickers so everyone remembers who made them!

I use this recipe year in, year out because it has proven to be such a winner. So I can personally give it the seal of approval.

Chutney Recipe

750 g cooking apples peeled and chopped small
1 orange – zest, flesh chopped and juice
1 onion, chopped
350 g fresh or frozen cranberries
100 g prunes, chopped
300 g dried dates, chopped
400 g caster sugar
1 tsp crushed whole cloves or ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
500 ml white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt

Step 1: Put all the ingredients (holding back the vinegar) into a large pan. Now, pour the vinegar over the top, and stir well.

Step 2: Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down low and simmer without a lid for about an hour or so until the mixture thickens like jam.

Step 3: Use a funnel to pour the mixture into sterilised jars and leave in a cupboard for 4-6 weeks to mature before enjoying!

Infused Olive Oil
Homamade Infused Olive Oil - DIY Christmas Gifts

This gift is perfect for the aspiring chef in your life. What’s more, it requires little effort and basic ingredients!

Simply place some garlic, chilli or rosemary into a bottle – whatever flavourings you fancy. Next gently warm some olive oil in a pan, being careful not to burn it. Then simply pour the oil into the bottle ready to infuse with what’s inside. Be sure to use a funnel to avoid a warm oily mess!

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub - Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

This isn’t exactly a food gift but it does have sugar in it so that counts as food, right? This is one of my ‘go-to’ DIY gifts as I always have the ingredients in my cupboard.

Just add two parts sugar with one part oil, add 2-3 of drops of vanilla essence and 3-4 drops peppermint essential oil to give the scrub a yummy candy cane taste.

Then scoop it into a little jar or pot and, voilà a super sweet sugar scrub! This is perfect for keeping your lips ready for the mistletoe!

So there you have it, my little assortment of homemade festive goodies. Now it’s over to you to create some Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Fabric Advent Calendar DIY

As a child, I absolutely loved Christmas and as I have grown so has my enthusiasm! Today I’m very excited to show you how to make this fun fabric advent calendar DIY. There is something particularly magical about waking up each morning in December and opening a little door or pouch to find a treat. This homemade advent calendar is sure to fill your home with Christmas cheer. It’s also reusable so you can make it part of your family’s tradition and enjoy it for years to come.

Ready to make your own advent calendar? Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • Fabric (I used a few of my favourite patterns on Zazzle but you can use whatever you have to hand.)
  • A needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • 6 metres of ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • A safety pin

DIY Advent Calendar Materials

Step 1:
  Make a template out of paper or card. To do this just draw a 9 cm x 24 cm rectangle and carefully cut it out.

DIY Advent Calendar Template

Step 2: Now, pin the template to the fabric and start cutting! You will need to repeat this 24 times.

DIY Advent Calendar: Cutting out template

Step 3: The next step is to sew the bag. Start by folding over 1 cm on either end of the fabric to create a hem. Use a running stitch with a needle and thread or you can use a sewing machine.

DIY Advent Calendar - Sewing Each Bag

Step 4:  Fold the strip of fabric in half, making sure you leave the pattern on the inside. Now sew the sides, leaving a centimetre at either side, making sure to stop just below the hem of the top of the bag.

DIY Advent Calendar

Step 5: Next, thread the ribbon through the top hem. To make this easier, I use a safety pin, which I attach to the end of the ribbon and use it to pull the ribbon through. Do this on both sides of the bag.

DIY Advent Calendar : Threading Ribbon

Step 6:  Once the ribbon has been threaded, you need to leave about an inch on either side so you can tie a knot.

DIY Advent Calendar: Tie Knot

Step 7: Turn your bag the right way around and ta-da! You have yourself a cute drawstring bag. Repeat for the other 23 to complete your advent calendar DIY!

Advent DIY: Finished Pouch!

The Bags Were Hung by the Chimney with Care

I’m not saying that these have to be hung by the chimney, but the next step is deciding how you want to display your handiwork.

You could hang them on a string or even arrange them into a Christmas tree shape and use pegs to keep them in place. I found some cute numbered stickers to label the days, which you can pick up in a craft shop or even make your own. Other ideas include pinning them to a corkboard or popping them in a basket.

Advent Calendar DIY: Numbered Stickers

The Countdown Begins

Once you have completed your homemade advent calendar, the fun doesn’t stop there! Next, it’s time to fill those little festive bags with advent treats. As well as the traditional chocolate or sweet, I like to add an activity to each day to really make the most of the Christmas season.

Ideas of activities I have used:

  •       Read a Christmas story
  •       Tickets to see the pantomime
  •       Bake and decorate cupcakes
  •       A trip to the cinema
  •       Go and listen to Christmas carols
  •       Visit the hospital or old folks home with treats
  •       Go and see Santa
  •       Take family Christmas pictures
  •       Make Christmas cards
  •       Donate old toys
  •       Go ice skating
  •       Make Christmas decorations for the tree
  •       Have dinner out
  •       Bring treats to school
  •       Bake cookies for the neighbours
  •       Bring toys to a toy collection
  •       Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
  •       Have hot chocolate by the tree
  •       Drive to see the Christmas lights
  •       A ‘stay up late’ pass
  •       Have a pyjama day
  •       Make a gingerbread house
  •       A trip to the Christmas markets
  •       Roast marshmallows
  •       Donate money and/or time to a charity

These are all just ideas, do what works for your family, of course you can double and triple up on activities such as ‘read a Christmas story’ or ‘watch a Christmas movie’ if you are short on time or on a budget. The main thing is to have fun and spend time together as a family making memories