Commitment Ceremony Invitation Wording

How to Word Your Commitment Ceremony Invitation to Best Reflect You

same-sex invitations
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A commitment ceremony may not be a legally binding ceremony, but it's still a public affirmation of you and your significant other's devotion to one another.

Commitment ceremonies primarily existed as ways for same-sex couples to affirm their love for each other, but now that ​same-sex marriage is legal in the United States, commitment ceremonies aren't the go-to option. Still, commitment ceremonies remain an option for many couples.

Certain circumstances may prevent a couple, gay or straight, from legally wedding, or the couple just might not want to legally marry.

The wedding planning world is full of advice on how to word your wedding invitations, but for those holding a commitment ceremony, there are two small problems: the words "wedding" and "marriage." Since it's not technically a marriage, neither of those words apply, but eliminating them seems to suck the elegance right out of the invitation.

Worry not, because there are plenty of ways to word your commitment ceremony invitations in a way that preserves the flair and sophistication of the invitation, while reflecting the nature of the event and the promises you will make to one another. Here are several fantastic options:

Parents Hosting a Formal Affair:

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe
Request the honor of your presence
at the commitment ceremony
uniting their daughter

Jane Doe
with
Alice Smith

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith
Saturday, the Fifth of October, 2003
at five o'clock in the afternoon
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Palm Court

Please join us for a reception immediately following the ceremony

Couple Hosting an Informal Affair:

Please join us
as we celebrate our
Commitment Ceremony

John Doe and Paul Smith

Saturday, October 5th at 11 a.m.
Newport Harbor Club
Newport, Rhode Island

A casual brunch will immediately follow the ceremony

For the above options, you may also choose to replace "commitment ceremony" with a variety of terms, including: wedding, marriage, matrimony, holy union, civil union, union ceremony, relationship blessing, celebration of commitment, partnership ceremony, or really any term that you feel represents your ceremony. It's your ceremony. Do whatever you want!

Other Options:

John Doe and Maria Smith
invite you to join them
as they exchange vows and unite their lives
Saturday, October 5, 2003
St. Marks Church
314 Jackson Lane
Kansas City, Missouri

With joy
we, Chris Smith and Sarah Doe
invite you to share in a celebration of our love
Saturday, October 5, 2003
it our home
206 Martin Street
Seattle, Washington