It goes without saying that the words on your wedding invitations are very important because they announce the event and contain the who, what and where details. Here’s a snippet of what to include:
o The names of the bride and groom
o Wedding day and date
o Ceremony time and venue (with address details)
o Reception time and venue (with address details)
Names – Who Goes First? If you want to follow a traditional invite format you will usually start your invitation with the names of the bride’s parents. According to etiquette it is the hosts of the wedding whose names are first (ie. the people paying for the event).
Here’s an example:
“With great joy
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Smith
invite you to the wedding of their daughter
Isabelle Clare Smith
Dennis Frederick Williams
son of Mr. and Mrs. David Williams.”
If you like tradition but don’t want to list the names of your parents, simply write:
“Together with their families…”
Time, Date and Location: Triple check the day and date of your wedding. No doubt you have it lodged in your brain forever but you don’t want to waste all that glorious paper and ink by writing Sunday instead of Saturday. Industry professionals also advise couples to reconfirm the date and time with the ceremony and reception venue. You can never have enough reassurance.
Here’s an example:
“Saturday, July 23rd 2012
at 4 o’clock in the afternoon
at Novotel Norwest
1 Columbia Court Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Dinner, dancing & merriment to follow”
Triple Check Wedding Invitations: Before you get writing or printing make sure you have a few people read-over the wording to check for spelling and grammatical errors. If you are unsure about the spelling of a guest’s name, confirm the correct spelling before you send the invite, it shows you care.
To Write or Not to Write – That is the Question? There is a certain personal appeal to handwritten invites. It definitely proves that you have put in the hours to create beautiful stationery. However, if you are choosing to have the text printed, you have to decide on a font. Remember you should choose a font that is readable over one that is decorative, a blend of aesthetics and practicality is possible! To create a perfect blend, print the guests’ names in a fancy, scripted font and have the rest of the information in a type that is plain and legible.
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