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Wording Your Invites


 

An unforgettable invitations aren’t only beautifully designed; they’re penned well too. Read on to find out the essentials to include in a wedding invitation!

Pink Gray Wedding Invitation SuitePhotographed by Beaux Arts Photographie, stationery by Lilly & Louise.

Between the stash of bills and direct mailers, a wedding invitation can be an unexpected and delightful surprise to receive in the mail. Intrigue and raise the curiosity barometer in your guests by getting creative and having fun with the “write” stuff! To help get you started, we explain the protocol for each line of text in a wedding invite.

HOSTS LINE
The hosts of the wedding are the ones to invite guests to the wedding. In western cultures, the bride’s parents play host; in Chinese culture, it is the groom’s parents. Sometimes it’s both parents. But times are changing and when the bridal couple is paying for the wedding, they become the host.

REQUEST LINE
If the ceremony in being held in a house of worship, the customary phrase to use is  “request the honour of your presence”; while the phrase “pleasure of your company” implies less formality. The invitation is usually written in the third person and either in British or American spelling. Acronyms are strongly discouraged.

RECIPIENT LINE
Guests’ names should also be handwritten or done in calligraphy. To avoid confusion about who’s being invited, be clear about it and don’t simply include the phrase “and family” to your invite.

BRIDE AND GROOM’S NAME
In western cultures, the bride’s name appears before the groom’s as it follows the rule of “Ladies first”. In Asian cultures, the reverse is true; the groom’s name comes first.

DATE AND TIME LINE
This should be in the format of day, month and year, and addressed in full.

LOCATION LINE
If the location is well known, a street address is not necessary. Otherwise, it may be wise to include one, preferably along with map and directions.

E.g.:
Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
Singapore

RSVP DETAILS
Details for RSVP are usually found at the bottom, left hand corner of the invitation. It should include at least two ways to contact the hosts.

ExtraOrdinary Weddings Tip
Where elderly guests are involved, or perhaps to reflect the cultural side of an inter-racial marriage, it would be polite and meaningful to include a translated equivalent of the English invite.




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