Wedding Invitations: Formal and Informal Invitations

Do you know the difference between formal and informal wedding invitations? You can find out here!


Wedding invitations, both formal and informal, should be worded in such a manner so as to clearly inform the recipient about when the wedding is, what time, and where it is to take place. Wedding invitations also need to show who is going to host the wedding. Let’s take a look at when to use formal and informal wedding invitations.


Formal Wedding Invitations

The more formal your wedding, etiquette demands the more formal of wedding invites. Formal invitations should be printed on formal heavyweight paper and not any flimsy paper. Ivory, cream, and white are accepted colours for formal invitations. Using a classic font type, such as Roman, is ideal for formal invites.

An example of a formal wedding invitation

When the bridal couple is hosting the wedding but also want to honour their respective parents.

Elizabeth Mary Evans
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans
Mr. William Earl Walker
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Walker

request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

on Sunday, the Fifth of June
Two Thousand and Fifteen
at One o’clock

Trinity Church
14 Baker Street, London

If the wedding is not going to be at a house of worship, then the phrase ‘honour of your presence’ should be replaced by ‘pleasure of your company’. Note that in the most formal of invitations the date and year are all spelled out in full, instead of 5th or 2015.

Informal Wedding Invitations: If you are having a small and intimate wedding, or are having an informal celebration, then your wedding invitation can include more informal language and style.


In the above example, you could change the phrase ‘request the honour…’ by a phrase such as ‘wish to invite you to their wedding’ or ‘invite you to join us in celebrating our marriage’ or any other such informal wording.