WORDING FOR YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY
Wedding invitation wording might not be as fun as the design details and color schemes, but when it comes down to it, your wedding invitation also needs to be informative.
Your invitation is the first impression of your celebration and the introduction to your love story. They should convey the who, when and where of the event, while offering a sneak peek of your wedding aesthetic. The essential wedding info—who’s getting married, who’s hosting, and when and where the ceremony and reception will take place. Find more ideas here: https://www.theknot.com/content/12-ways-to-honor-deceased-loved-ones-at-your-wedding
Basic invitation wording tips: If the bride’s parents are hosting, it’s customary to leave off the bride’s last name. However, if the bride has a different last name than her parents, include her full name. The bride’s last name should also be included if the groom’s parents are involved in hosting.
If you would like to include the name of a deceased parent to the wedding invitation wording, simply add the word “late” in front of your family member’s name. (Beyond the invitation wording, you have plenty of ways to honor a deceased parent during your ceremony and reception.)
We are. add ”along with our families”
The parents. Mr. Mrs. Dr.
Someone else. Keep it informal and mention the relationship.
CIVIL OR RELIGIOUS?
Civil “request(s) the pleasure of your company”
Religious “request(s) the honor of your presence”
WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING?
“as we start our marriage”
“as we tie the knot (finally)!”
“for our wedding celebration”
“as we begin our new lives together”
“cause we’re getting married!”
WHEN AND WHERE?
Date. MM/DD/YYYY or spell it out
Time. Don’t forget to use am/morning pm/evening
Location. If you’re not including map/directions, remember to put the full address
Reception. Include address if different. Example: Dinner and Dancing immediately following
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
ADD: Quote a book, song, verse.
CHANGE IT UP: Rewrite it with the voice of your favorite character. Use your native language.
GO CRAZY: Mad-Lib style. Rewrite as a fairy tale. Be creative.
What to include: reply by date, family name/names, accept/regrets, optional meal options
Example: the pleasure of your reply is request on or before DATE/Please reply by DATE or similar.
REPLY BY DATE – This will depend on how much lead time your wedding vendors need. The first vendor to consider is your caterer. Check with each vendor to determine when they need a final # and set the RSVP return date for a week before that.
RESPONSE – Accept/Regret – Yes/No OR You can have fun with this by changing each to a statement, for example: “Wouldn’t miss it!” / “I’m in like Flynn” and for regrets “There in Spirit” / “Connection Lost” / “Lost in Translation”
What to include: map/directions, venue address/phone, wedding website and other relevant details (dress code, parking…)
A wedding program is the perfect way to remember your day, thank people who made it possible, and to let your out-of-town guests know who’s who. You can also programs that leave space for the couple to write a heartfelt note to guests or a a memorial to a loved one who has passed away.
Whether you are having a large wedding, a traditional ceremony, or a long wedding ceremony, a wedding program can be a courteous way of letting guests know what to expect. Here are the essentials to make your wedding program a wonderful souvenir for your guests and personal keepsake for you.
Bride’s Name – first and last name
Groom’s Name – first and last name
Wedding Date – month, day and year
ORDER OF CEREMONY
List song title, composer and musicians
Attendants’ Processional –
Bride’s Processional –
Opening Prayer/Greeting –
Wedding Message –
Exchange of Vows –
Unity Ceremony –
Presentation of Couple –
Include first and last names. You could also include your relationship to each such as: friend, brother, cousin, etc. AND special thanks if you have the room.
Parents of the Bride
Parents of the Groom
Maid/Matron of Honor
Flower Girls/Ring Bearer
Many couples choose to include a message of appreciation and or to honor those who have passed away.
Message of Appreciation
Message Honoring the Deceased