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HELP! Invitation wording

I am looking for help with wording for my wedding invites!
We are having a garden ceremony at my fiance's parents house, tented reception at their home following the ceremony as well. Wedding is hosted by us and our parents.
This is what i have so far;

Mr. and Mrs. (BRIDES PARENTS)

and

Mr. and Mrs. (GROOMS PARENTS)

invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children

BRIDE

and

GROOM

on Saturday, the twentieth of Julytwo thousand thirteen

at three thirty in the afternoon

.. not sure how to word the location, any feedback is appreciated!

Re: HELP! Invitation wording

  • itzMSitzMS member
    2500 Comments 500 Love Its 5 Answers First Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John Smth

    together wth
    Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson

    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage of their children
    Laura Jane

    and

    Michael Steven

    Saturday, the twentieth of July
    two thousand and thirteen

    at half after three in the afternoon

    XYZ Venue
    Anytown, USA

    Reception to follow

  • I think that "invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children" sounds a little odd, but that's because I'm a fan of traditional wording.  There's a few other changes I would make as well. I would do:

    Mr. and Mrs. Bridesparents
    Mr. and Mrs. Groomsparents
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the marriage uniting their children
    BRIDE
    and 
    GROOM
    Saturday, the twentieth of July
    two thousand thirteen
    half after three o'clock 

    The Smith Residence
    123 Anywhere Street
    Town, State

    Reception to follow


  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston member
    10000 Comments Seventh Anniversary 500 Love Its 25 Answers
    I prefer traditional wording too.

    Traditionally, emphasizing the "joy" or "the beginning of their new life together" or any other departure from the traditional wording meant that there was something wrong, like an unplanned pregnancy. 

    Also, built into the traditional wording is the idea that this is a joyful occasion uniting two people who are about to begin their new life together, so adding more is redundant.
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