Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How To Write a Wedding Invitation

 
Six Steps To Writing A Wedding Invitation
If you are having trouble writing your wedding invitations, look no further.
The advice given below is not the only way to write an invitation but it
 will give you some basic guidelines to follow and tips to help you along the way.

ONE: Tell guests who is hosting your wedding. 

Couple Hosting:
Together with their families,
Erika Evans and Scott Smith
OR
Ms. Erika Evans and Mr. Scott Smith
OR
Erika Marie and Scott Smith

Parents Hosting:
Mr. and Mrs. John Evans
and
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smith
OR
Mary and John Evans
and
Cindy and Michael Smith
OR
Mr. and Mrs. John Evans

TIPS
*Traditionally speaking it was always the brides parents doing the 'hosting' but the modern day wedding is evolving so that has become less common over the years.
*If you and/or your fiancĂ© have divorced parents or experience disagreements on how to word this beginning section of your wedding invitation, "Together with their families,"is most commonly used.
*In the case of one or more parents having passed away you should use the words "the late" in front of the persons name (ex. the late John Evans). If the surviving spouse is remarried, the step-parent may be recognized on the invitation instead of the birth parent.
*Feel free to add middle names or initials, especially to the bride and groom's names. Adding middle names can create a more formal feel.
*You can add a sweet poem or a little phrase to the beginning of this section to add your own personal touch to your invitations.
Examples:
"We have decided on forever and forever begins when we..."
"Two lives and two hearts joined together in friendship and united forever in love"
"With joyful hearts..."


TWO: Make a request to your guest to come to your wedding.
request the honor of your presence
OR
request the pleasure of your company
OR
would like you to join them in celebration
OR
would be delighted for you to attend

 Add...
Couple Hosting:
at their marriage
Parents Hosting:
at the marriage of their children
OR
at the marriage of their daughter
OR
at the marriage of

TIPS
*The word honor can also be spelled honour for a more formal look and feel to the invitation.


THREE: Noting the happy couple is important if the parents are listed in the first 'hosting section' of the invitation.

Erika Marie
and
Scott Martin Smith
OR
Erika Marie Evans
and
Scott Martin Smith
OR
Ms. Erika M. Evans
and Mr. Scott M. Smith
OR
Erika Evans and Scott Smith
TIPS
*Traditionally speaking the brides name should appear first and use only her first and middle name and the groom's name should be listed with his first, middle, and last name (as shown in the first example). This is just a tip for if you want to keep your invitations very traditional.
*The word 'to' can, in some cases, be substituted in place of the word 'and'.
 
 
FOUR: You will need to tell your guests the date and time of your wedding.
Saturday, the eighteenth of April
two thousand and fifteen
at half past three o'clock in the afternoon
OR
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
 at 3:30 in the afternoon
OR
Saturday
04-18-15
at 3:30p.m.

TIPS
*Traditionally the date and time are spelled out. This is a tradition that seems to still be consistently observed for modern day weddings unless they are of the casual sort.

FIVE: Communicate the location of your wedding ceremony to your guests.
The Museum and Arts Center
22 Short Cut Road
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19606
OR
The Museum and Arts Center
22 Short Cut Road
Reading, PA 19606
OR
The Museum and Arts Center
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19606

*Do not leave out the zip code. Many guests will be using a GPS to travel, which needs they may need the zip coed to get to your venue without complications.
*If you are having your wedding ceremony at a church it is advisable to included both the name of the church and the address because there may be more than one St. John's Church in the same city or town. You wouldn't want any guests going to the wrong church or having an onslaught of phone calls asking which one it is.


SIX: Let your guests know where to go and what to expect after your wedding ceremony.
Same Venue:
Please join us in celebration immediately following the ceremony
OR
Reception to immediately follow in the Picasso Room
OR
Formal Adult Cocktails and Dinner Reception to follow
in the Picasso Room at The Museum and Arts Center
at Five o'clock
OR
A romantic evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to follow
at Five o'clock in the Picasso Room at The Museum and Arts Center

Separate Venue:
The Sunflower Hills Country Club
4 Sunshine Road
Springs, PA 19608
Please join us for cocktails, dinner, and merriment following the ceremony
OR
Dinner Reception and Dancing to follow
Five o'clock in the afternoon
The Sunflower Hills Country Club
Springs, Pennsylvania 19608
OR
A formal romantic evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to follow
The Sunflower Hills Country Club
4 Sunshine Road
Springs, Pennsylvania 19608
at Five o'clock

TIPS
*If you would not like to invite children to your reception and it is an adults only event print 'Adult' Reception to Follow...
*If you are not having a full dinner reception be sure to let the guests know in the way you word this section. For example, if you are having dessert and select cocktails at your reception give the address and time (as in the examples above) followed by something like "Dessert Buffet and Signature Drinks to Follow". If you are doing this, be conscious of the times you select. Don't plan a dessert or light faire reception for 5pm or 6pm, instead plan a later ceremony and a 7:30pm reception.
*Dress requirements should be noted on the invitation towards the bottom. For example if you would like guests to know your wedding is a black tie event you simply print "Black Tie" at the bottom of the invite or use black tie in the description of you event in this section.


Reply Card Includes:
~The date the guest's reply is needed by. This date should be set at least two weeks prior to your wedding date.
~A space to write the names of the people replying.
~A number attending line OR Accepts with Pleasure and Declines with Regret Lines
~Food Options (this will not be needed if you are having a buffet)

TIPS
*Number your reply cards lightly with pencil on the BACK. The numbers should coordinate the name of the guest to their reply card in case they forget to write their name on the card when mailing it back



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