July 24

Ask Etta: Formal vs. Casual Wedding Invitation Wording

While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs, we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. Meet Etta, our expert in all things etiquette. She’s ready to delve into your every dilemma.

Alison Asks…

We’re getting ready to order our wedding invitations (woo hoo!) but are a bit confused about the wording. Our event is going to be in my parents’ backyard and casual-dressy attire. Should the invitations still be the standard wording you typically see on wedding invites?

Etta Says…

How formal or informal you make your wedding invitation is completely up to you. We typically tell couples to use their wedding vision as a start. Is your day going to be formal or more casual? Traditional or off the beaten aisle? For a more formal event, we recommend formal wording—and for a more casual event, more casual wording. Another thing to note: the level of formality on your invitations will also set the stage for guests’ expectations… the last thing you want is to plan a black tie affair, use casual wording on your invites and then have Uncle Joe show up in jeans.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your soon-to-be’s personal preference. The best news is that you don’t have to look this up yourself. We offer a wealth of wording options during the personalization process on our site. And as always, if you have a question or special request for your wording, just ask—we’re always happy to help.

Please see the most common wedding invitation wording here.

Have an etiquette question for Etta? Email us at etta@weddingpaperdivas.com and she’ll post an answer for you.


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  3. Dionne

    Good Day Etta,

    I am having such a hard time choosing invitations and I’m at the point where I just want someone else to think for me! I did receive a sample invitatin in the mail, but in this case, seeing was not believing 🙁 My wedding is vintage style, but I’ve been told that there are several vintage styles…mine I think is more gatsby/bohemian. My colors are antique rose/blush and grey and we are having a destination wedding in Kelowna, BC at a winery…yet we don’t drink wine…I chose the sample “All roads led to you” because our dating relationship is long distance, but the black and white is throwing me off. I’m so confused please help.


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