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In this blog post, I  have attempted to address the most popular questions on wording formal traditional wedding invitations.  These are questions many of my Brides have asked me.  If you are a bride or you are assisting the bride with her invitations and you need further assistance with any of the following guidelines, please feel free to post a question or comment and I will be glad to assist you.

1. When and how should I use the words “Honour or Honor” on my wedding invitations?

Traditionally when a wedding holds in a house or place of worship, the word “honour” with a “u” is used likewise on the reply card you match the word “honour” with the word “favour” also with a “u”, therefore the wedding invitations will read as follows:

The honour of your presence is requested at
or
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor request the honour of your presence at

1b.  What about my reception card? There are many options for wording a wedding reception card but traditionally a wedding reception card reads as follows:

The pleasure of your company is requested at

1c.  What if my reception is at the same venue as my wedding ceremony? In this case, a reception card is not compulsory, you may simply state the following line at the bottom of your wedding ceremony invitation:

Reception to follow
or
Reception immediately following

2.  I am not having a wedding reception, do I need a reply card?

No,  You do not need to include a reply card with wedding invitations for a ceremony only.

3.  How should I use punctuation on my wedding invitations?

Punctuations are not necessary on wedding invitations except after title abbreviations such as Mr. and Mrs. or Jr. etc. (Note – the title Doctor should be spelled out. The abbreviated title “Dr.” may only be used if the name is exceptionally long or you are addressing the mailing envelopes)

4. How should I state the time on my wedding invitations? Wedding times at the top of the hour are stated as follows:

four o’clock in the afternoon
or
five o’clock in the evening
or
half after ten in the morning
or
twelve noon

5.  How should I state the names of parents? On traditional wedding invitations, it is more proper to state Parents names in full for example:

Doctor and Mrs. Harry Earnest Smith
in place of Dr. and Mrs. Harry E. Smith.

6. How should I list the wedding date? On formal wedding invitations, the date should be spelled out as follows:

Saturday, the twenty-first of July
two thousand ten or two thousand and ten

7. How should I list the street address of the wedding venue?

Long numbers or Numbers over 100 may be written in numerals such as:

11565 Main Street

or for very short numbers or numbers below 100 you may list the address as follows

Forty-three River Oaks Lane

8. A Complete Sample Formal Wedding Invitation Wording is as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
to
Edward Albert Thomas
Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand nine
at half after four o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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Yes, handwritten invitations!   You may ask “Is this considered appropriate?” Not only are handwritten wedding invitations considered appropriate but are also highly flattering.

Years ago, handwritten wedding notes or invitations were very popular for very small intimate weddings,  these days a handwritten wedding invitation may be used by a couple seeking a more personal touch on their wedding invitations.  An handwritten wedding invitation may be completed by hiring the service of a calligrapher or the help of a family member who has beautiful handwriting.

General guidelines to consider when printing handwritten wedding invitations:

1. Use very fine personal stationery (such as a note card) if you are completing this task yourself at home or use very fine papers if a commercial printer would simply duplicate multiple prints of your original handwritten invitation sample.

2. Create a rough handwritten draft (using a copy of your sample paper and pen).  You want to make sure your ink dries very well and does not smear when printed on your choice paper.

3. Use proper wording and address appropriately – To get you started, I have provided a sample below.  You may read other articles on this blog for help in addressing your wedding invitations correctly.

Sample Handwritten Invitation Wording:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson,

Our daughter, Elizabeth Anne, will be joined in holy matrimony to Edward Albert Thomas II, on Saturday, the fifth day of June, two thousand ten, at six o’clock in the evening.  They will exchange marriage vows at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Houston, Texas. We invite you to share in our joy and be our guest at the reception immediately following the ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel,  Houston.  We look forward to celebrating this special day with you.

Harry and Victoria Windsor

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The selection of a formal wedding invitation should be carefully completed.  I am guessing if you are a bride or a wedding professional assisting a bride and groom, you are also big on etiquette or at least would want to fulfill all etiquette guidelines.  Regardless, be sure the wedding invitations ordered reflect the couple’s true style and taste.

I have highlighted the top features of a formal wedding invitation below.  If you need any further assistance getting your invitation design project completed, you are welcome to leave a comment or ask a question.  I would love to help.

Shannon Couture Formal Wedding Invitations at Event House
Shannon Couture Formal Wedding Invitations Houston at Event House

Top Features of a Formal Wedding Invitation:

1. Color – Traditional wedding invitations are typically white, ivory or ecru (also known as a natural or soft ivory color).

2. Size – The sizes of traditional wedding invitations are approximately 5 by 7 with a finished size of 5.5 by 7.5 when inserted into an envelope.

3. Printing Method – A traditional wedding invitation is usually engraved or thermographed (a more popular option now). To learn more printing methods, you may reference my blog post “Top 3 Invitation Printing Methods”

4. Ink –  The most traditional wedding invitation is printed in black ink.

5. Wording – A traditional wedding invitation is usually issued in the third person.

I have provided a sample wording of a formal wedding invitation issued by the Bride’s Parents below:

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
to
Edward Albert Thomas
Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand nine
at half after four o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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