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  • Recently we shared our best tips and favorite links for addressing your wedding invitations. Taking a step back today, we are giving our advice on one of the first items to check off of your wedding invitation to-do list – the wording! In a series of posts we will discuss a few of the common rules of etiquette along with tips we have learned after years of designing and printing endless variations of wedding stationery.

    We know you’ve probably never written an invitation from scratch before, so we wanted to break it down into the different sections to keep things simple. We’ve broken it down to four main sections : the invitation line, the couple, time + place and additional details.

    INVITATION LINE
    The invitation line can be the toughest section for some couples, so we’ll start there. Since there are so many options, we will just be covering traditional wording in this post and will follow-up with more casual and modern options in additional posts.

    Traditionally, the invitation line was determined by who was hosting the wedding. If the bride’s parents are hosting, their names are listed first. This can be a sensitive area though with more and more couples paying for their own weddings, both sets of parents contributing and with divorced and/or remarried parents. We say follow your heart here. If you and your fiance are paying for the wedding, but you like the tradition of listing the bride’s parents first, then do it!

    The second element of the Invitation Line is the actual invitation or call to action. Just after the listing of the hosts, you’ll want to include “request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of …” or “invite you to celebrate the marriage of …”. We say go with the version that you like best, but keep in mind that traditionally “honor” or “honour” used in this line is reserved for church ceremonies.

    For inspiration, take a look through the many different ways we have worded traditional invitations with our Search by Style feature. Below are a few examples and highlights!

    Sonoma-Customization-02

    This sweet variation of our Sonoma wedding invitation suite shows a great example of traditional wording with the bride’s mother hosting the wedding.

    Larkspur Letterpress Foil Design Invitation

    This version of our Larkspur wedding suite includes a classic layout with the bride’s mother and father both mentioned, but the shift to using the more casual “invite you to celebrate” lightens the mood a little bit.

    Letterpress_Foil_DauphinePress_Broadmoor_Image_01

    Our Broadmoor invitation displays a classic example of traditional wording with the bride’s parents listed and the use of “honour” indicates that this is a formal affair with the ceremony taking place in a church.

    Couture-Ink2-web

    We love the way this couple decided to word their invitation! What a great way to honor the parents of both the bride and groom. The layout on this customization of our Occidental design could also work well for divorced parents.

    We’re excited to be kicking off this series and we hope that you find it a valuable resource! We have many more tips and visual eye candy to help you design the ideal invitation for your event.

    Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines

    Recently we shared our best tips and favorite links for addressing your wedding invitations. Taking a step back today, we are giving our advice on one of the first items to check off of your wedding invitation to-do list – the wording! In a series of posts we will discuss a few of the common rules of etiquette along with tips we have learned after years of designing and printing endless variations of wedding stationery.

    We know you’ve probably never written an invitation from scratch before, so we wanted to break it down into the different sections to keep things simple. We’ve broken it down to four main sections : the invitation line, the couple, time + place and additional details.

    INVITATION LINE
    The invitation line can be the toughest section for some couples, so we’ll start there. Since there are so many options, we will just be covering traditional wording in this post and will follow-up with more casual and modern options in additional posts.

    Traditionally, the invitation line was determined by who was hosting the wedding. If the bride’s parents are hosting, their names are listed first. This can be a sensitive area though with more and more couples paying for their own weddings, both sets of parents contributing and with divorced and/or remarried parents. We say follow your heart here. If you and your fiance are paying for the wedding, but you like the tradition of listing the bride’s parents first, then do it!

    The second element of the Invitation Line is the actual invitation or call to action. Just after the listing of the hosts, you’ll want to include “request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of …” or “invite you to celebrate the marriage of …”. We say go with the version that you like best, but keep in mind that traditionally “honor” or “honour” used in this line is reserved for church ceremonies.

    For inspiration, take a look through the many different ways we have worded traditional invitations with our Search by Style feature. Below are a few examples and highlights!

    Sonoma-Customization-02

    This sweet variation of our Sonoma wedding invitation suite shows a great example of traditional wording with the bride’s mother hosting the wedding.

    Larkspur Letterpress Foil Design Invitation

    This version of our Larkspur wedding suite includes a classic layout with the bride’s mother and father both mentioned, but the shift to using the more casual “invite you to celebrate” lightens the mood a little bit.

    Letterpress_Foil_DauphinePress_Broadmoor_Image_01

    Our Broadmoor invitation displays a classic example of traditional wording with the bride’s parents listed and the use of “honour” indicates that this is a formal affair with the ceremony taking place in a church.

    Couture-Ink2-web

    We love the way this couple decided to word their invitation! What a great way to honor the parents of both the bride and groom. The layout on this customization of our Occidental design could also work well for divorced parents.

    We’re excited to be kicking off this series and we hope that you find it a valuable resource! We have many more tips and visual eye candy to help you design the ideal invitation for your event.

    Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines

    Recently we shared our best tips and favorite links for addressing your wedding invitations. Taking a step back today, we are giving our advice on one of the first items to check off of your wedding invitation to-do list – the wording! In a series of posts we will discuss a few of the common rules of […]

  • An updated classic is always a “win” in our book. This letterpress wedding invitation exhibits an overall harmonious balance with a classic botanical framing a monogram created from a traditional serif font. The one-color design keeps it traditional, but with that single color being a vibrant blue and the absence of a script on the long, thin card; this wedding invitation is the perfect expression of a modern couple.

    CC-CARNEROS

    Where do you stand? Are you classic, modern or a mix of both? Let us or any of our exclusive retailers help you find your perfect balance and a beautiful invitation for your wedding day!

    DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Savoy Brilliant White, 236# | Letterpress Ink: Twilight | Edge Painting: Gold | Inspiration: Carneros wedding invitation

    Client Customization – Updated Classic Letterpress Wedding Invitation

    An updated classic is always a “win” in our book. This letterpress wedding invitation exhibits an overall harmonious balance with a classic botanical framing a monogram created from a traditional serif font. The one-color design keeps it traditional, but with that single color being a vibrant blue and the absence of a script on the long, thin card; this wedding invitation is the perfect expression of a modern couple.

    CC-CARNEROS

    Where do you stand? Are you classic, modern or a mix of both? Let us or any of our exclusive retailers help you find your perfect balance and a beautiful invitation for your wedding day!

    DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Savoy Brilliant White, 236# | Letterpress Ink: Twilight | Edge Painting: Gold | Inspiration: Carneros wedding invitation

    Client Customization – Updated Classic Letterpress Wedding Invitation

    An updated classic is always a “win” in our book. This letterpress wedding invitation exhibits an overall harmonious balance with a classic botanical framing a monogram created from a traditional serif font. The one-color design keeps it traditional, but with that single color being a vibrant blue and the absence of a script on the long, […]

  • 7.17-DI-WEEK-112

    We love the way that wedding reception decor has been elevated over the past few years. Seeing high design and fancy fonts make their way beyond wedding invitations is so very exciting for us. Today’s inspiring link is to a custom wedding sign source, Rustic Drift. Take a peek at these one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are an ideal fit for any rustic inspired wedding event – from showers, to rehearsal dinners to the wedding reception! Gorgeous!

    Designer’s Inspiration

    7.17-DI-WEEK-112

    We love the way that wedding reception decor has been elevated over the past few years. Seeing high design and fancy fonts make their way beyond wedding invitations is so very exciting for us. Today’s inspiring link is to a custom wedding sign source, Rustic Drift. Take a peek at these one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are an ideal fit for any rustic inspired wedding event – from showers, to rehearsal dinners to the wedding reception! Gorgeous!

    Designer’s Inspiration

    We love the way that wedding reception decor has been elevated over the past few years. Seeing high design and fancy fonts make their way beyond wedding invitations is so very exciting for us. Today’s inspiring link is to a custom wedding sign source, Rustic Drift. Take a peek at these one-of-a-kind pieces of art […]

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