When it comes to picking out your wedding invitations and the other accompaniments, what you should say and how it is said is an area of concern for many couples. However, the process does not have to be complicated or stressful. Keep in mind that each piece of the wedding invitation is designed to communicate a particular piece of information to your guests. Some rules to follow that will simplify this process are highlighted here.
The Wedding Invitation
The top of the invitation needs to include the names of the hosts. The next part of the invitation needs to include:
- The bride and grooms names
- The hosts names (in traditional weddings this will be the bride’s parents)
- The date of the ceremony, day of the week, location and time
- Any women that are widowed then you should address them with their late husband’s name, for example: Mrs. Peter Harris.
When you are listing the name of more than one individual, including the word “and” will generally imply that the people listed are married. The names of any guests or hosts that are unmarried need to be stacked, not linked.
Other Important Etiquette Rules
When you are writing the line requesting the presence of guests to the wedding, the phrase that reads “request the honor of your presence” is generally reserved for church events or events that are located at other areas of worship. You can spell honor as “honor” or “honour”; however you should ensure that you ensure the reply card matches with the appropriate “favor” or “favour.”
If you are planning to host your wedding and your reception in the same location, then there is no need to include a reception card with your silk wedding boxes that contain your invitations. At the bottom of the invitation you can simply put that the reception will follow or that dancing and dinner will follow.
Try to avoid any instances of abbreviations when you are designing your invitations and other paper items in the collection. If you are following traditional guidelines, street information, middle names and states are spelled out. If you do choose to use a more casual type of wording then you should be sure to use it consistently throughout all of the invitation suite pieces.
Creating your wedding invitations does not have to be a stressful experience. In fact, it can be virtually easy and painless when you use the wording and etiquette tips that are highlighted here.