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Very Inviting – How to Word Your Wedding Invitations

In an age of impulsively written email and online communication, a beautifully worded invitation is a reminder of the delight that can come from receiving a well-crafted message.   A save-the-date card or invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of the wedding, so you’ll want it to be special. . .and well-written!

It’s an ageless question:   How exactly do I word my invitations?   As most newly engaged couples know, this can be tricky subject because what’s read between the lines is who’s hosting (in other words, paying for) the wedding.   Fortunately, many of today’s etiquette rules are versatile.   But before you can tweak the rules to meet your unique wording needs, you first have to understand the rules.   The following will guide you through the options you should consider.

Invitations are issued in the third person form.   Traditionally, it is sent in the name of the bride’s parents, if they are paying for majority of the expenses.   If the groom’s parents are sharing the cost, the invitation should be issued in their name also.   If the couple is hosting their own wedding, they may choose to honor their parents by including their names.

The traditional form of a formal wedding invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Abby Marie
(Mr.) Steven Arthur Keller

Saturday, the eighteenth of November
two thousand and eight
at two o’clock in the afternoon

St. Hilary Catholic Church
2750 West Market Street
Fairlawn, Ohio

For more suggestions on additional forms of invitation wording, click HERE

To find an invitation company in Northeast Ohio, visit TodaysBride.com


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