Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Invitation Wordings’ Category

I wanted to write this post for a bride and groom holding their wedding at a private residence such as the home of a friend, parents or other family member.

In this instance, I highlighted a wedding holding at the residence of a family friend.  One of the popular questions for this scenario is – “How do I address my wedding invitations so my guests are aware of the location of the wedding?” Look no further, I have provided you a sample invitation wording to help you below:

Sample Invitation Wording

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andrew Mathews
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Marie
to
Richard Michael Johnson
Saturday, the tenth of April
Two thousand and ten
at half after two o’clock in the afternoon
at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Duke
Forty-two Rosewood Circle
Houston, Texas
Reception to follow

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

  • When the wedding is given by the Bride’s Parents:
  • (Wording #101 – This is the most traditional)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Collins Shuttleworth
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
to
Mr. 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

  • When the wedding is given by the Groom’s Parents:
  • (Wording #102)

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Michael Howard
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Anna Marie Coley
to
their Son
Mr. Christopher Albert Howard
Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand nine
at four o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas

  • When the wedding invitation is issued by both Parents:
  • (Wording #103)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Collins Shuttleworth
and
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Michael Howard
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Anna Marie
and
Christopher Albert
on Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand and nine
at twelve noon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas
Reception immediately following

  • When the wedding invitation is issued by the Bride and Groom:
  • (Wording #104)

The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Miss Anna Marie Coley
and
Mr. Christopher Albert Howard
on Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand and ten
at eleven o’clock in the morning
Briscoe Manor
5801 FM 723
Richmond, Texas
Reception to follow

Read Full Post »

I have compiled a list of definitions of the most popular wedding invitation inserts/enclosures available. Please keep in mind that there may be other inserts or enclosures I may not list on here that may be valid for some weddings and may be included either inside a wedding invitation inner or outer envelope or directly inside a pocket wedding invitation card.   The following should give you a head start on your invitation plans. For additional sample wordings of the following inserts, please visit the invitation wording section.

Andreina - Complete Wedding Invitation Ensemble at Event House Houston

Andreina - Complete Wedding Invitation Ensemble at Event House, Houston

Admission Cards – Usually printed to match a wedding invitation, an admission card is typically used to secure privacy at a wedding holding in a highly popular church that attracts tourists or sightseers.

Sample Admission Card Wording:
Please present this card
at
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Houston, Texas

At Home Card –  This card may also be included with the wedding invitations or announcements.  May be used to inform friends or family who live far away the new address or what will be the new address of the bride and groom.  A popular trend these days is brides and grooms skip this card on the wedding invitations and simply list this new address on the back of a wedding program.

Sample At Home Card Wording 1:
At home
after January first
1001 Royal Oaks Drive
Houston, Texas 77082
(713) 783-8368

Sample At Home Card Wording 2:
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blair
will be at home
after January first
1001 Royal Oaks Drive
Houston, Texas 77082
(713) 783-8368

Sample At Home Card Wording 3:
Jill Ralph and Joseph Blair
will be at home
after January first
1001 Royal Oaks Drive
Houston, Texas 77082
(713) 783-8368

Accommodations Card – Usually included with the invitation card, this card is used to communicate any group hotel reservation arrangements completed by the couple for the convenience of their guests.

Sample Wording:
Hotel ZaZa
(713) 526-1991

Hotel Derek
(713) 961-3000

Reference the Ralph-Blair Wedding

Reception Card – A formal invitation to the reception typically following a wedding ceremony.  This card is typically sent when the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception is held at different venues or locations.

Sample Reception Card Wording

Reception to follow or Reception immediately following
the ceremony
River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Boulevard
Houston, Texas

Response Card – Usually printed to match the wedding invitations, this card is sent back by your invited guests informing you if they are able or unable to attend your wedding.

Sample Response Card Wording 1:
The favor of a reply is requested by April 3rd
M _______________________________
_____accepts with pleasure
_____ declines with regret

Sample Response Card Wording 2:
M _______________________________
_____ will attend
_____ will not attend

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »