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Event House just completed a couture invitation project for Helena and Donnie’s wedding coming up in a few weeks.   The couple’s wedding invitation wording was engraved in gold over rich metallic papers and mounted over 100% fine aubergine silk dupioni fabric.  Their wedding colors are very formal yet romantic!

One of the reasons I really like this project is this – the couple’s wedding colors are very close to our company’s corporate (brand) color.  This color really makes me very happy.  Check out Helena and Donnie’s invite photos from production to completion below.

Helena and Donnie’s wedding invitations will definitely get the attention of their guests.  Each invitation was finished with a fine satin ribbon in raisin and a pearl clustered brooch the (lady) guests can wear to their wedding.  What a great keepsake!

Many thanks to Helena and Donnie and their parents for choosing Event House for this special occasion.  We are honored to be a part of it.

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine color at Event House

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

Close-up shot of the romantic Aubergine color, used in this silk wedding invitation.

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

All dressed up - Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

The silk wedding invitations assembled and placed over our monogrammed stationery boxes.

Couture Silk Wedding Invitations in Aubergine at Event House

All dressed up and ready to go. All of our custom invitation orders are carefully packed and assembled inside our luxury monogrammed stationery boxes for our clients.

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I have had many brides ask me this question. I also get a lot of  “I haven’t done this before so I don’t know how much things cost”. No need to worry, I have highlighted some points below to guide you and get you on your way to the perfect wedding invitations.

As a general guide, the typical couple spends an average of 3-5% of their overall wedding budget on invitations/stationery. This number goes higher depending on the number of wedding stationery items needed for the wedding. For a lot of brides and grooms planning luxury weddings, the average goes up to about 8-10%.

Custom Wedding Invitations at Event House Houston

Custom Wedding Invitations at Event House Houston. Photo by Foreverdayphotos.com

Regardless of your budget, there is an invitation for every bride and groom.  I recommend the following 3 quick steps to help you accomplish your wedding invitation design goals.

1. Do your homework on what invitations cost.
Have you spotted an invitation design(s) that you like?  Give the designer a call to see if someone can assist you with some pricing information.  Keep in mind that exact pricing on custom items may not be readilly available but you can request a price guide or start pricing.

2. Request a one-on-one consultation to preview samples/designs.
Most fine stationers and invitation designers offer complimentary consultations before an invitation design process commences.  Be sure to request one and have your questions prepared.

3. Have a good idea of what you want.
Using magazines and the internet, browse ideas and concepts that project what you are envisioning for your wedding invitations.  Create a small folder with the magazine tear sheets and take this folder along with you to your consultation.

Once you narrow down your options, be sure to communicate your expectations and final details to your invitation designer. The rest is a breeze!

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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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In my earlier post “Top 3 Invitation Printing Methods”, I highlighted the most popular printing methods used for producing wedding invitations.  In this blog post, I want to mention two traditional printing methods that are still in use but are not as popular as they used to be many years ago.

1. Engraving – The engraving process is actually the oldest and most traditional printing method for producing formal wedding invitations.  The engraving process produces a raised printing result similar to thermography except that engraving is actually pressed through and can be felt on the back of the paper.   Engraving used to be the most expensive form of printing and still is in some cases but it is now generally priced closely to letterpress printing.

2. Handwriting – A wedding invitation may be printed in a lovely handwriting completed by a calligrapher or any member of the family with beautiful handwriting.  Handwritten wedding 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. This traditional form of printing is also considered formal.  You may read more about this on my recent post “Handwritten Wedding Invitations”.

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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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Besides your formal engagement, completing your wedding invitation list is one of the most important things you’ll need to take care of tactfully. Putting together your guest list will require a lot of thought and consideration – Who to invite, who not to invite, who should receive an announcement instead of a formal wedding invitation, etc.  Another thing to note is – every major decision regarding the wedding revolves around the total number of guests from your final wedding invitation list.

To get you started and as a general rule, family members and close friends should be sent wedding invitations even if they live far away from you. You may also send your formal wedding invitation to both parents as a keepsake only. Don’t forget members of your wedding party also known as your wedding attendants including the minister, officiant or clergy administering the wedding ceremony. If you are a couple planning a smaller wedding, your wedding invitation list may even be more intimate – the decision is entirely up to you. The key thing to remember when setting up your wedding invitation list is this – do whatever you can to ensure you don’t leave out anyone you really want and need to be at your wedding.

Quick Tips to help you setup your wedding invitation guest list:
1. Carry a small pocket notebook with you after your engagement to keep a list of anyone who comes to mind while you are out and about with your daily activities. If anyone comes to mind, make a note and when it’s time for you to finalize your list, you may review all of your sources together and create the official wedding invitation list.

2. Start a simple electronic spreadsheet with the following headers/columns below. The benefits to starting an electronic list are a. You and your spouse-to-be can share one single file or merge your individual lists once your guest list compilation is complete. b. You may send this list to your choice calligrapher or whoever is addressing your wedding invitation envelopes.

Helpful Headers for your Spreadsheet:

  1. Primary Guest Name
  2. Secondary or Additional Guest Name (if you are inviting someone else from the same address and they are not married to the primary guest for example – children ages 12 and under).
  3. Street Address
  4. City and State
  5. Zipcode
  6. Total Number of Invited Guests

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