The wording on a wedding invitation should reflect the mood of the upcoming event. Therefore, if you are planning a casual wedding, the wording on your wedding invitation should be on the lighter side.
Download Free Casual Invitations
To download one of the three samples to your computer, select the photo that you prefer. You will need Adobe Reader to open any of the samples. Once opened, you can customize the invitation to suit your wedding and personality. Finally, you can save and print your customized invitation at home.
Sample Wording One
This invitation, at the upper right of the article, is casual because it takes a lighthearted approach to providing information about the wedding and reception, and also because it asks for emailed RSVPs. The trees and greenery make it an excellent choice for an outdoor wedding, whether in the backyard, park, or at a garden.
Sample Wording Two
This invitation provides guests with basic information about the ceremony and reception, which invites guests to join you but does not appear overly formal. It does not ask for an RSVP, which is perfectly acceptable in a casual wedding invitation. The use of third person in this invitation wording makes it suitable to send for wedding that is hosted by the couple's parents, but without naming those parents, which would create a more formal invitation. The contemporary floral design is a good choice for couples who want to add a little modern flair to their wedding.
Sample Wording Three
By inserting the names of the bride and groom and the time and locations of the ceremony and reception into this sample, you create an invitation that provides guests with information about the wedding while maintaining a lighthearted mood. The RSVP methods attached to this invitation - phone and email - are also casual. The pretty flowers in this one are a good match for a spring or summer wedding.
Casual Wording Details
Regardless of a wedding's atmosphere, meaning casual or formal, most wedding invitations contain the same information as traditionally worded invitations. This information includes identifying the couple by name, ceremony and reception location, and start time of the reception if it is not immediately following the ceremony.
Notes on Naming the Hosts
A recent trend has started where the individual or individuals hosting the wedding, such as the bride's parents, are not identified in the invitation. This is commonly due to there being too many contributors to the wedding for it to be practical to name each on the invitation. With the rising cost of weddings, it is not unusual for both sets of parents and the couple to contribute financially to the wedding. Therefore, rather than bog down the invitation by listing all contributors, many couples are forgoing listing anyone but the bride and groom on the invite. This trend is perfect for a casual wedding invitation because it allows the content of the invitation to remain light, short, and to-the-point.
Due to the cost of invitations and postage, many couples throwing a casual wedding are no longer requiring guests to RSVP using a formal card. Instead, RSVPs are not required at all or are being collected by phone or email. This reduces the expense of invitations. However, in the case of the latter situation, it also might induce more guests to respond since calling or emailing is commonly viewed as being easier than mailing a formal card.
Creating Your Casual Wedding Invitation
Sending a casual invitation goes hand-in-hand with planning a casual wedding. Any of the three samples provided above will let guests know in a fun way where and when to plan on celebrating your event.