Wonderful Wording for Wedding Invitations

Today we are joined by Deborah Portelli from Social Notes Custom Invitations. Deborah has been kind enough to share her expertise in wedding invitation etiquette for every kind of invitation from formal to casual. Take it away Deborah!

Of all the things that my clients ask my advice about, the number one question is about the wording for their invitations. I always tell them to remember that while you have been busy making arrangements behind the scenes for the reception venue, the dinner menu and finding just the right dresses, your invitation will be the first and only indication to your guests of the style, theme and tone of your wedding. As such, care must be taken to match the formality or casualness of the actual text with the type of your wedding you are planning. It must let them know if the wedding is a grand, formal affair in a ballroom or a low key, casual gathering of family and friends at the beach. Let’s explore some of the options.

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Formal, Religious

For Traditional Weddings, where the wedding will take place in a house of worship the typical wording usually follows the standard etiquette:

 

Mrs. And Mrs. Michael Kerr, together with Mr. and Mrs. James Smith

Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their children

Patricia Ann and Matthew James

On Saturday, November the first

Two thousand and thirteen

At one o’clock in the afternoon

Saint Michael’s Church

2235 Oak Street, Burlington, Ontario

Formal, Secular

Alternatively, where the wedding will take place outside of a house of worship but is still a formal affair, the wording may follow this format:

 

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kerr, together with Mr. and Mrs. James Smith

Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children

Patricia Ann and Matthew James

On Saturday, November the first

Two thousand and thirteen

At one o’clock in the afternoon

The Panetta Estate

100 Centre Street, Burlington, Ontario

 Wonderful Wording for Wedding Invitations

Less Formal

For weddings that are a less formal affair, a more relaxed wording may follow this format:

 

Catherine and Michael Kerr, together with Deborah and James Smith

Invite you to share their joy as their children

Patricia Ann and Matthew James

Are joined in marriage on

Saturday, November the first

Two thousand and thirteen

At one o’clock in the afternoon

The Rose Garden Tent

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario

 Casual

For weddings that are relaxed, casual affairs, you can have a lot of fun here; any unique idea will work as long as it is in good taste and still provides all of the necessary information. Here is an idea I have previously used for a destination wedding:

 

Please join us as we kick up our heels,

And have some fun in the sun

Patricia Kerr and Matthew Smith

Invite you to share their joy

As they tie the knot on

Saturday, November 1st, 2013

At eleven o’clock in the morning on the beach

Sandals Beachfront Resort, Nassau, Bahamas

Shoes are optional

 

In closing, remember that first impressions count. Your invitation should make a decisive statement about your wedding and by extension, it will also reflect on you, letting your guests know that a great deal of thought has gone into the planning of your wedding day. Your guests will appreciate all this, as it will give them clear idea about what to expect and how to dress appropriately.

About the Author:

I am Deborah Portelli, the founder and owner of Social Notes Custom Invitations in Burlington, Ontario. I started out, like many of us, by making invitations for my family and friends and they encouraged me to go into business for myself. I love playing with colours and shapes, and I must confess that I am also a font junkie. My favourite graphics and fonts to use are the very delicate and beautiful Vintage designs, which I love putting together to create an invitation suite that can evoke the past. I love creating something beautiful that brings happiness to my clients and puts a smile on their face.

Thank you Deborah! For more about Social Notes Custom Invitations, visit her WeddingInviteLove Profile, or head straight to her website.

Do you have any invitation wording questions for Deborah? Ask away in the comments!


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  • Cloe Martin

    Amazing Post Deborah! Wordings are very important part of Wedding Ivites and hencenshould be used with utmost care. Thanks for sharing this informativenblog.

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      Thank you for the lovely comment!