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WEDDING STATIONERY WORDING

 Your invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding, and so the most important thing is that they reflect the feel, style and personality of the big day to come.  Although there are strict guidelines in place, there really is no right or wrong way of wording your wedding stationery.  

 

SAVE THE DATES

DETAILS TO INCLUDE: 

First Names - Bride’s name always first. 

Wedding Date - Of course!

Invitation to Follow - To let them know to expect an invitation soon.

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: 

Location - Especially for destination weddings, or if guests will have to travel.

Middle & Last names - For more formal weddings.

Wedding Website - Ideal for guests to find out any additional details.

 

Examples:

Olivia Smith

and

George Mason

are getting married!

October 28, 2017

Caswell House, Oxfordshire

formal invitation to follow

Please Save the Date

of October 28, 2017

for the wedding of

Olivia and George

Caswell House, Oxforshire

details to follow

Save the Date!

28.10.17

Olivia

and

George

are getting married

Caswell House, Oxfordshire

invitation to follow

 

 

INVITATIONS

DETAILS TO INCLUDE:

Host Line - Denotes who is hosting/paying for the bulk of the wedding.

Request Line - This is where you invite your guests to join you.

Bride & Groom Lines - The bride always precedes the groom.  For more formal weddings, if the bride’s parents are hosting then she will be referred to by her first & middle names only and the groom by his first, middle and last names.  

Date & Time Lines- The order is as follows: Day, Date, Time.  Traditionally everything is written out in full.  

Venue Line - Venue location, name of hotel/house and general location.  Full address not usually used unless it is a private address.

Reception Line - If the reception is being held at the same location as the ceremony then ‘reception to follow’ can be used.  If at a separate venue then the location goes on a second line.

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Dress Code - If you would like to give guests an idea of how formal your wedding will be.

Wedding Website - If you decide not to use detail cards then a wedding website is a great way of sharing more information with your guests.

 

Examples:

THE COUPLE IS HOSTING:

Together with their families

Olivia Mary Smith

and

George Samuel Mason

request the pleasure of your company

at the celebration of their wedding

Saturday, the twenty-eighth of October

two thousand and seventeen

at half after four in the afternoon

Caswell House

Oxfordshire

reception to follow

Olivia Mary Smith

and

George Samuel Mason

warmly invite you to celebrate with them

as they unite in marriage

Saturday, the twenty-eighth of October

two thousand and seventeen

at half past four in the afternoon

Caswell House

Oxfordshire

Olivia Smith

and

George Mason

would love for you to join them 

in celebrating their wedding 

October 28, 2017

at 4:30pm

Caswell House

Oxforshire

BRIDE'S PARENTS ARE HOSTING:

Mr. and Mrs. James Noah Smith

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Mary

to

George Samuel Mason

BRIDE'S PARENTS ARE HOSTING BUT GROOM'S PARENTS' NAMES ARE INCLUDED:

Mr. and Mrs. James Noah Smith

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Smith

to

George Mason

BRIDE AND GROOM'S PARENTS ARE HOSTING:

Mr. and Mrs. James Noah Smith

and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oscar Mason

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Olivia Smith

to

George Mason

DIVORCED PARENTS:

Ms. Evelyn Myra Angelou

Mr. James Noah Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Olivia Mary

to

George Samuel Mason

 

 

EVENING INVITES

The wording for daytime invitations can be amended slightly for your evening invitations. The invite line can be replaced with ‘to an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of’.  An arrival time can then be included, for example ‘at 7pm’ or  ‘from seven o’clock in the evening’ or  ‘for the cake cutting at 7 o’clock’.  It is important to communicate very clearly that this is an invitation exclusively to the reception.

 

 

REPLY CARDS 

DETAILS TO INCLUDE:

RSVP Line - To request reply.

RSVP Date - Normally 1-2 months prior to the wedding date.

Line for guests' names - the ‘M’ line is traditionally used but is completely optional.

Yes/No Options.

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Dietary Requirement Line

Menu Options

 

Examples:

Please reply by (insert date)
The favour of a reply is requested by (insert date)
The kindness of a response is requested by (insert date)

 

YES / NO Options :

joyfully accept / regretfully decline 

will be there / will be there in spirit

will attend / will not attend

wouldn’t miss it / sorry to miss it

 

 

DETAIL CARDS

DIRECTIONS

Directions to the church/venue and reception, and details of local train stations and airports.  Never assume that guests know their way.  Details of parking at the ceremony and reception, and any transport provided.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Local hotels and B&Bs covering all price ranges.  Local taxi firms.  Where the evening reception is being held in a hotel, reduced rates should be negotiated.

 

DRESS CODE

If no reference has been made to dress code, then formal dress should be worn.  If the dress code is important to you, detail cards are the perfect place to mention this.  Black tie should be specifically stated.

 

Examples:

Black Tie (tuxedos for men and elegant gown for ladies)

Formal Dress /Cocktail Attire (smart suit and long or cocktail dress for ladies)

Smart Casual (shirt and ties for men but not necessarily a jacket, smart skirt/trousers or dress for ladies)

 

CHILDREN

If you are unable to accommodate or would prefer children not to attend, it is a good idea to mention this in your detail card.  If children are invited, it is useful to mention if there are babysitting facilities available, and to let parents know whether they should supply booster seats, highchairs, travel cots, etc.

 

Examples:

We regret that we are unable to accommodate children at our wedding.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Unfortunately, due to venue restrictions we are unable to invite children.

Children and babies are more than welcome at our wedding.  Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing your children.

 

GIFTS / REGISTRY / MONEY

Including info about gifts, or your wedding registry on your main invitation or save the dates is not considered polite.  However, your detail cards are the perfect place to let your guests know this important info.

 

Examples:

Please do not feel obliged to buy us a gift, your presence on our wedding day is the most important gift that you could give us.  However, if you would like to spoil us, we have a wedding list at (name of list and details of how to buy).

Please do not feel obliged to buy us a gift, your presence is present enough.  However, if you would like to buy us something, we would be most grateful to receive (name of shop) vouchers or a contribution towards (details e.g., our honeymoon or appliances for our new home).

What really matters to us is having you there on our big day.  However, if you do want to buy us a gift we have a wedding list at (name of list and details of how to buy).

Please do not buy us a gift, we would prefer a donation to (name or charity or organisation and details of how to donate).

 

EXTRAS TO INCLUDE IF NEEDED

The time the events will draw to a close - often referred to as ‘carriages’.

Contact number/email address of the host(s) in case of questions.

The date by which guests should reply, usually two months before the day.

Welcome drinks / brunches / other events.