Jewish Wedding Invitation Wording
One obvious difference is that some couples are choosing to have their invitations written in both Hebrew and English. The Hebrew part is written to the left or below the English or even on the back of the invite. For reform couples, in lieu of full Hebrew text, many invites will simply have their names written in Hebrew (next to the English version) or the date of the wedding in Hebrew.
The general "feel" of the Jewish wedding invitation wording is of joy and celebration. Words such as "celebrate, joy, share the joy, bliss, pride, special day" are much more common than "holy matrimony" or "honor of your presence" as in formal Christian invitations.
There is also the business of "and" versus "to" and that it is much more common to have the bride and grooms names written with an "and" in between them rather than a "to" between them. This subtle difference is simply that Jason AND Sarah are getting married together...rather than "'the wedding of Jason TO Sarah".
Here are two traditional Jewish wedding invitation wording samples:
to share a special day in our lives
as our children
exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life
The tenth of April,
Two thousand and five
At 4 o'clock in the afternoon
1854 Sixth Street
Los Angeles, California
Jack & Elaine Silverman
we carry on,
with the richness of tradition,
wnd the promise of tomorrow
Lorriane and Chad
together with their parents
Ed & Diane Trussman
Stanley & Michelle Kaplan
invite you to share their happiness
when they exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life together
[date, time, place]
Religious quotes are often also part of the invitation, such as:
I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.
Entreat me not to leave you or return from loving you. Where you go I will go. Where you live I will live. Your people shall be my people. And your God shall be my God.
For more wedding quotes to use in your invitations, go to our Wedding Invitation Quotes page. These quotes are also excellent to scatter throughout your wedding programs!
Speaking of programs, here is a Jewish wedding program sample text to get you started.
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