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We all have different families. So copying the wording in your best friend's wedding invitation card may not be a good choice, especially if your family structure is different from their's. Wording must be chosen very carefully to convey the correct meaning. Please check with your stationery designer if the wordings are correct, before you approve for printing.
Please note that there are many variations and styles that can be used and the samples given below are only a few of those. The invitation styles according to the religions can also vary depending on your religion's sub culture or community.

RSVP
If you are hosting your wedding reception at a hotel, it is extremely importatnt to request the guests to confirm their participation by carrying the RSVP note with a phone number and/or a name; so you can inform the exact head count to your hotel or banquet manager. Simply add the following phrase at the bottom of the invitation in a smaller font size:

RSVP: 077 XXX XXXX (Shenali)
or
RSVP (Regrets Only): 071 XXX XXXX
(In the above case, those you cannot attend ONLY will inform you)

Times
When auspicious times are used they must be mentioned just after the time indication, especially in Buddhist weddings where Poruwa ceremony is performed. Find sample below.

Invitee Names & Titles
When leaving space for the invitee names it's best to include "Mr. & Mrs./Miss/Dr." titles before the dotted space for convenience of cutting out the unnecessary. For e.g. if you are inviting Mr. & Mrs. Thilak Perera, then you simply cut out the rest of the titles. Special titles such as "Rev." or "Dr." should be added only if your invitee list include a considerable amount of guests with such titles. However you can avoid the inclusion of titles and instead write them as you want according to your invitee list.

When including couple names of invitees, the general format is:

Mr. & Mrs. Thilak Perera (always the husband's name)

When inviting singles or widows, the general format in Mr., Miss or Ms. For e.g:

Mr. Ashen Samaranayake or Miss. Kisholi Kumaradasa

However, these formats are used only in formal writing and if your invitees are close friends or relatives, you can simply use their first names without the titles.


Sample Styles

                   

When the Bride's Parents
are hosting the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gunaratne
request the honour of the presence of
(Invitee's Name(s))
............................................................................
at the marriage of their daughter
Shenali
and
Avishka
son of Mr.& Mrs. Sunil Abeyratne
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 7.30 p.m
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo

   

When the Bride's Parents
are hosting the wedding and the Groom's Parents are not involved in the wedding at all:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gunaratne
request the honour of the presence of

(Invitee's Name(s))
............................................................................
at the marriage of their daughter
Shenali
and
Avishka
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 7.30 p.m
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo

         
When the Bride & Groom
are hosting the wedding:
Style 1


Shenali Gunaratne
and
Avishka Abeyratne
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 7 p.m
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

When the Bride & Groom
are hosting the wedding:
Style 2


Together with their families
Shenali Gunaratne
and
Avishka Abeyratne
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 7 p.m
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo

 
 
When the Groom's Parents
are hosting the wedding:

Mr.& Mrs. Sunil Abeyratne
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their son
Avishka
and
Shenali
daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Edward Gunaratne
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 10.00 a.m.
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

 
When the Both Sets of Parents
are hosting the wedding:


Together with their families
Shenali Gunaratne
and
Avishka Abeyratne
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 10.00 a.m.
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

             
 
Church Weddings:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gunaratne
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Shenali
and
Avishka
son of Mr.& Mrs. Sunil Abeyratne
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
at 4.30 p.m.
St. Mary's Church, Dehiwala.

Buddhist Weddings:

Mr. and Mrs. Sunil Weerasinghe
request the honour of the presence of

(Invitee's Name(s))
............................................................................
at the marriage of their daughter
Shenali
and
Avishka
son of Mr.& Mrs. Gamini Thilakaratne
on Saturday, the 12th of June 2011
from 9.30 a.m
(Poruwa Ceremony at 10.14 a.m)
at the Grand Ballroom of Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

         
 
Hindu Weddings:

Om Shree Ganeshay Namah (Or the God's Name/Temple Name your family belong to)
Mr. & Mrs. Jaideep Jayadevan
Cordially invite and request the honor of the company of

(Invitee's Name(s))
..............................................................................
To grace the auspicious occasion of the
wedding ceremony of their grand daughter, the daughter
of Mr. & Mrs. Rajan Jayadevan
Poorani
To
Suresh
Son of Mr. & Mrs. Premakumar Ramanathan
on 24th Saturday, 2011
at the Grand Ballroom of Taj, Colombo.

     
   
Muslim Weddings:

''In the name of Allah the most gracious, the ever merciful''
The honor of the presence of

(Invitee's Name(s))
.......................................................................................
is requested at the Wedding of
Rizmiya
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fareed Aleem
to
Farzan
Son of Mr.& Mrs. Mohamed Imthiyaz
on Saturday, August 25, 2011
from 7:00 pm at The Grand Ballroom, Hilton, Colombo.

   

Second Marriage:
Style 2

With joy in our hearts, we,
Chamari
and
Kavinda
Request the honor of the presence of

(Invitee's Name(s))
.........................................................................
As we exchange marriage vows
and celebrate our new life together
on Saturday, 18th December, 2011
from 7.30 p.m.
at the Grand Ballroom of Hilton, Colombo.

       
 

Second Marriage:
Style 1

Please join us
As we celebrate new beginnings, new dreams,
and most importantly, new love
at the marriage of
Chamari Perera Jayatunga
(former married name)
and
Kavinda Liyanage
on Saturday, 18th December, 2011
from 10.00 a.m.
at the Grand Ballroom of Hilton, Colombo.

     
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