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How to Write your own Wording for an LDS Wedding Invitation

February 18th, 2009 by Colin Jensen

Here’s the most common wording for an LDS/Mormon wedding invitation or announcement:

Nephi and Becky Bushman
are pleased to announce the marriage
of their daughter
Colin Richard Jensen
son of Dick and Sonja Jensen
on Saturday, the eleventh of May
Two thousand two
in the Snowflake Arizona LDS Temple
and request the pleasure of your company
at a reception or open house
to be held in their honor
Saturday, May 11th
Peoria LDS Chapel
1234 Street Street
Peoria, Arizona
Open House
Saturday, May 18th
Jensen Residence
1234 Avenue Avenue
Novato, California
  • Normally I use somewhere around 1.5 spacing on the body and single spacing on the corner copies.
  • If you’re using corner copies (which most LDS people are because of college and stuff), you may want to have the bride’s and groom’s names in a different, larger font.  That allows you to put everything else in a smaller font.  The corner copies themselve are in a smaller font even still…  Most invitations, nationally, are designed to allow 12 lines of text; and the average LDS wedding I’d say uses 19 lines.  That’s no big deal, won’t cost you more than $7 on the whole order more, but vertical space is precious, since it defines the font size of everything on the page.  That being said, if you’re having two receptions or two open houses, you can leave off the first line of the corner copy.
  • It’s lovely to be able to put “in the Snowflake Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” but you’ve gotta’ figure out how to fit it.  The only possible way is to break the line after “temple,” but even still unless you’re using a pretty non-serif font you probably will have to break “Church of Jesus Christ” from “of Latter-day Saints.”  Rather than deal with all this, most people just put “Snowfle Arizona LDS Temple.”  It’s up to you.
  • You’ll have to make up a name for your church if you’re having a reception there.  That probably won’t be hard, because you probably have an unofficial name for it already.  Like “The Windcrest Chapel.”
If you have any questions, and I know you do, ask them here or call me at (415) 827-5630.  I would love it if you let me make your invitations, but in either case, I will gladly proofread your wording if you email it to me or post it here…  Moreso if you link to my site from yours!

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8 Responses

  1. Karrie

    How do I tell the guest that are attending the temple that they need to be early?

  2. Colin Jensen

    The problem is that anyone who’s invited to the sealing thinks they’re too inner-circle to RSVP or to show up on time. Working in this industry for years, the voice in my head still invariably says “you don’t have to RSVP–they know you’re coming.” Ditto with the sealing. “Yes, everyone should get there 30 minutes early; but that doesn’t apply to me.” And here’s THE way to fix it: NEVER mention what time the event is. Just mention what time they are to arrive. So instead of saying “Jacob and Isabella request the honor of your presence at their sealing ceremony at 10 in the morning. Please arrive 30 minutes early;” just say “Jacob and Isabella request the honor of your presence at their sealing ceremony. Please arrive by 9:30 that morning.” Shazaam! Some will be there at 9, some will be there at 9:45. But no one will be there at 10! I’ve been doing that trick for years, and it’s always worked like a charm.

  3. Kenzi Fleming

    I writing my own wedding invitations. I’m struggling with the wording for the guests that are just invited for desert and cake. Can you help me come up with the right wording. The weddng is a brunch and has a casual theme. I’m sending out 2 invitations, one for the wedding cerm. and brunch, and one for the open house cake cutting.
    Thanks so much. plz respond to my email address.

  4. Colin Jensen

    That’s pretty normal actually. So you’re doing two completely separate invitations? Okay, then the first half remains the same, and the second half just announces a different event! “Mr. and Mrs. ____ are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Kenzi to Mr. ____ son of Mr. and Mrs. _____ on Friday, the 22nd of June, two thousand eleven” then either “at three in the afternoon at the Oak Hurst Chapel, San Antonio, Texas, Reception to follow” OR “and request the pleasure of your company at a reception to be held in their honor that evening from six until nine at the Oak Hurst Country Club, San Antonio, Texas.” There are a million ways to do it, but the important part is that there’s very little difference between what you’re inviting them to. You can really leverage the tone separating “the pleasure of your company” (for receptions) from “the honor of your presence” (for ceremonies.) But just tell them where to be and when, and don’t mention anything they’re not invited to. Depending on what part of the country you’re from, most weddings are run this way.

  5. Elaine

    I feel terrible!! I’m doing DIY invitations and I forgot to add the time!!! I am completely devastated but my fiance refuses to buy new ones… How can I add the time in without making the invitation look tacky? :(

  6. Janet

    I have heard it said that the sealing of an LDS couple is an ordinance not a ceremony. If this is so would it be more appropriate to simply say “at the sealing”?
    Thank You for offering to answer questions.

  7. Ashley

    Since the most common wording in the 1st part of the announcement is most commonly stated as “Nephi & Becky Bushman are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter to:” how would I word that part of the invitation if my parents are divorced (my mom isn’t remarried, my dad is but I don’t want to mention my stepmom for personal reasons)

  8. Lance

    My wife and I were married in August of last year. We are now going through to be sealed and would like to put out formal invitations but are unsure of the wording. Any suggestions?

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