Everyone loves receiving a wedding invitation in the post! It delivers a sense a sense of excitement, a teaser of your wedding theme, and of course, the vital information that all your guests need to know.
But how exactly do you go about writing your wedding invitations? Well to give you a helping hand, we'll show you the best way to get your message across and have your day invitations looking amazing!
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By now, you've most likely deciding on a theme and sent out your save the date cards (if you haven't then you HAVE to check out these 11 Unforgettable Save The Date Ideas!), which means you've already got a good idea of the style that you want for your invitations. So once you've picked out the perfect design, it's time for those all-important words!
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Let's start with what you need to include, shall we? You want to ensure that your guests can get all the information they might possibly need so it's to make sure your invite has at least the following:
Often wedding invitations will acknowledge who is hosting the wedding, and more often than not this will be the opening line. Traditionally, this would be the bride's parents, although in more recent times it is just as likely to be the groom's parents or the couple themselves. It's up to you whether you include this line or not, but if you would like to, here are a few examples of how you can do it in different scenarios.
Bride's parents: Mr & Mrs John Smith request the pleasure of your company to celebrate the marriage of…
Both sets of parents: Mr & Mrs John Smith and Mr and Mrs A. N. Other request the honour of your presence to celebrate the marriage of…
Or for a short and sweet version: Together with their families Name A and Name B invite you to celebrate their marriage…
Hosting yourself: Name A and Name B invite you to celebrate their marriage…
Set the Tone
Depending on the level of formality of your wedding day, you might want to adjust your wedding invitation wording accordingly. A sophisticated and grand celebration would be better suited to a much more formal approach whereas you can convey the style of your casual wedding with a relaxed and laid back tone.
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"The pleasure of your company is requested at…" is a great way to begin your formal wedding invitation. It also helps to avoid using the numerical version of times and dates and opt for suing the words instead.
Alternatively, you can go as relaxed as you like. You could even just go with your first names if you feel it suits! Don't worry about sticking to any conventions either; you can pretty much write your invites how you like as long as they get the message across.
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Things to Consider
Now you have most of your info sorted, have a think about anything else that you think your guests should/would like to know. This can include information about dress code, your evening reception (especially if it's at a different location to your ceremony), guest accommodation and your gift list. We would recommend that you keep anything that you don't class as ‘vital' out of the main body of writing and put on an extra page.
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And that is pretty much that! Whatever style of writing you choose for your wedding invites, as long as all the important information is in there and guests are not left confused, then your work is done!
If you want to find out everything you need to know about your invites, then look no further than our Wedding Invitations 101 guide. It's full of lots of handy tips!