Finding the perfect destination wedding invitation wording can prove to be a real challenge. For someone planning a very formal, traditional, hometown celebration, it makes sense to use the old’ tried & true invitation wording, “Mr & Mrs Jones request the honor of your presence as their daughter Judy Jones joins Thomas Smith in marriage ‘blah blah blah’…”
But a destination wedding is anything but traditional and the thought of that very stuffy wording might just give you the heebie-jeebies! Not to mention that there’s a lot more information to communicate in a destination wedding invitation. Throw in a post destination wedding reception and you might be scratching your head wondering where to start.
The ideal destination wedding invitation wording will excite your guests and inspire them to book that flight! What you say, and how you say it will also reflect the romance, fun or uniqueness of your celebration while setting the tone for the level of formality –or lack thereof. So in this post, I’m sharing some tips and examples of invitation wording that accomplish all of the above!
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- Sample Wording
- Do’s and Don’ts of Destination Invitation Wording
- Unique Travel & Beach Themed Invitations
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Tips
When you first start thinking about your destination wedding invitation wording, you’ll quickly realize that there’s a lot of information to communicate. Not only do you need to let your guests know the time and venue– but also when, where, and how to book their trip. Perhaps you’re planning pre-wedding events or a post-destination wedding hometown reception and want to also include that in your invitation wording but don’t know how to. Here are a few tips to get you started:
First & Foremost, K.I.S.S.
Keep it simple & special. The last thing you want is to confuse your guests or overwhelm them with way too much information jammed into one card. For destination weddings, your best bet is to send multi-card invitation suites or a multi-page booklet style invitation that allow you to break up all the details.
In addition to the basic information, your main invitation card can include a few words that (a) excite your guests about the location with mentions of the ocean, sea, sun, sunsets, or travel and (b) inspires them to make the trip by emphasizing why their presence is so important to you.
It sounds harder than it is. Just check out some examples of invitation wording below to see what I mean. The key is to keep it short. We live in a busy world. People want to quickly skim through the text, get the point, and be told what to do – which brings me to my next point…
Provide a Clear Call to Action
Don’t just write some really cutesy wording and leave them hanging wondering what to do next! Tell them what to do. For example, tell them to call your travel agent or RSVP via your destination wedding website.
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording for RSVP Card
RSVP cards for traditional weddings can be pretty bland. But like everything else, you can get really creative and have some fun with your destination wedding invitation RSVP wording. Here are just some examples to get your creative juices flowing:
Wording for Pre and Post Destination Wedding Events
Are you planning pre or post-destination wedding events at your destination? If you don’t have enough room to include details in your invitation, just direct guests to your wedding website URL for more info. For my own destination wedding, I planned a welcome cocktail reception and rehearsal dinner. I included those details in my destination wedding invitation wording. Boarding Pass invitations and Passport invitations are perfect for this. Here are some examples of destination wedding invitation wording for pre and post-wedding events.
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette
How to Address the Issue of “No Kids” or “Adults-only” in Your Destination Wedding Wording
It’s common for destination weddings to take place at adults-only all-inclusive resorts. So how do you tell parents that their little bundle of joy is not invited to travel to your wedding? This is never easy and can be a really sensitive topic. And you have to approach it as such.
Most etiquette experts will tell you that simply addressing the invitation envelope to “Mr & Mrs Johnson” should imply that little Johnny Jr. is not invited. But what if that’s too subtle for some people? You can always drop another hint with the wording used to communicate the name of the resort.
For example: “We’ve secured a discounted group rate at the all-Inclusive adults-only resort, Sandals.”
Then make sure you enlist the help of parents and the bridal party to spread the word verbally.
Destination wedding invitation wording to indicate you want no gifts
I hear this question over & over again “Our guests are already spending so much money on our destination wedding…or we’ve been living together for so long that we don’t need pots and pans. What’s the best invitation wording to let them know that we’re not expecting gifts?”
It’s a common sentiment. I went through this exact dilemma when I was tying the knot. So, what’s a gal/guy to do?
Avoid printing “no gifts” on the invitation. Instead, you can carefully word the invitation with a gracious sentence such as: “Your presence is the only gift we wish to receive.” Sounds nice, huh? Not only do you get the message across that you don’t want gifts, without having to come out and say it, but you also flatter them in the process. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like their mere presence is a gift?
But what if you just know that some of your guests will insist on bringing you a gift? Here’s some fun wording that you can include on a separate card asking them to contribute to a honeymoon fund.
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording: Inviting guests to a Hometown reception after the DW
Are you having a hometown reception after your destination wedding? You’ll need to send an invitation for your hometown reception that doubles as an announcement for your destination wedding. I cover this in more depth in this blog post about post destination wedding invitations but below is an example of appropriate wording to help inspire you.
Example of a Hometown Invitation Sent After the Destination Wedding
They got their feet wet and played in the sand
And oh yes, they joined their hands!
Tabitha & Jonathan
were joined together in marriage
on July 13, 2024 at St. Vincent Island
In celebration of their union, please join us for
a post destination wedding reception
on August 22, 2024 at 3:30 PM
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording: Sending Invitations to a Hometown reception before the DW
Maybe you want to send out an invitation to the hometown reception before you even have your destination wedding. You have to be careful to not confuse your guests into thinking they’re invited to the destination wedding also. Here’s an example of wording you can use. This example is for a cruise wedding but the wording can apply to any destination wedding.
Invitations Sent Before the Destination Wedding
We’re getting ready to depart on a romantic trip which is only the start
will be married on November 18, 2024
St. Alexander Cruise Ship
Please join us for a reception when we return
November 30, 2024
at 6:00 PM
111 East Hamilton Road
Austin, Texas 78739
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Examples
Here are just a few more examples of destination wedding invitation wording to help inspire you.
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 1
Pack your bags!
Together with their families
Request the Honor of Your Presence
January 2, 2024
at Five O’clock in the evening
at Makena Cove in Maui, Hawaii
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 2
Together with their families
Danielle Brown & Danny Cramer
Invite you to celebrate by putting your feet in the sand
soaking up the sun and raising a glass
in celebration of their marriage
March 13, 2023
Moon Palace Resort
Contact our travel agent to book
RSVP at wedsite.com/DaniandDannytietheknot
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 3
Love is a Journey
Please join us in celebrating
the beginning of a beautiful adventure
at the marriage ceremony of
Lisa Smith and Jonathan Jones
March 12, 2023
At Three o’clock in the afternoon
Punta Cana, DR
Visit wedsite.com/smithjones to RSVP
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 4
Our Journey to Find True Love Ends
Our Journey to Cherish True Love Begins
Danielle Brown & Danny Cramer
Look forward to sharing with you
The sun, the sea, and the memories
of their wedding ceremony Negril, Jamaica
Sunday, the fifth of May Two Thousand Twenty Four Negril, Jamaica
at five o’clock in the evening
Sunrise Beach Resort
Montego Bay, Jamaica
For accommodations, travel and other details visit our wedding website
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 5
You are cordially invited
a wedding weekend getaway
Daring adventures, delicious meals,
Dancing & laughter all night with
From September 4th to 7th Beginning Cancun, Mexico
with a 7PM Sunset Welcome Dinner in
Tucker’s Point Bermuda
Travel Details Enclosed
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 6
Like a precious pearl
our love is nurtured and grows
Please join us as we share our vows
With the sand between our toes
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
for the wonderful destination wedding
Catherine Michaels and Paul Johnson
June 5, 2020
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 7
Our wedding will take place
In the sun’s warm embrace
at our special place of
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Would love you to join us
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Example 8
Because you have shared in our lives
Angela Pinero and Jose Ruiz
invite you to share in a celebration of love
As we exchange our vows
On April 23, 2019
In Cancun, Mexico