Justin and I were having a good laugh last week reading Emily Post’s 1922 recommendations (or more like decrees) for how to word wedding invitations:

AS an inheritance from the days when Mrs. Brown presented her compliments and begged that Mrs. Smith would do her the honor to take a dish of tea with her, we still—notwithstanding the present flagrant disregard of old-fashioned convention—send our formal invitations, acceptances and regrets, in the prescribed punctiliousness of the third person.

— Emily Post, Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home

We’ve created invitations in the first person “our wedding” and the third person “their wedding”. And at this point that just seems up to the mood the couple wants for their special day.

Fashions change, rules slacken. And I’m happy to say that these days, we have more freedom with creating the wedding invitation and wording that fits us.


If you want to add your own twist on wedding invitation wording, then today’s post is for you.

We’ve created an easy-to-follow anatomy of wedding invitation wording. Think of it as Emily Post evolved.

So you can add your own style and know you’re not forgetting anything important.

wedding invitation wording


Invitation featured in design:

Vintage map travel wedding invitation with belly band