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Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Six, Additional Details}

We’re back with our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines and the final element that most couples add or consider adding. The last bit of essential information that you want to share with your guests has a place in the final line (or final two lines) of your wedding invitation.

The first thing you want to consider when finalizing the additional details that fall after the TIME + PLACE is your wedding reception. If you will be including a reception card in your invitation suite and providing details on time and location for your reception on a different card, then you can keep things pretty simple on the last line of your invitation. Here are some great examples:

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The festive “feast and merriment to follow” line on our Loire wedding invitation indicates to guests that the reception will take place at the same hotel as the wedding ceremony. That’s all guests need, just this one simple line lets them know that all of the event is happening at a single location.

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Another gorgeous example on our Vizcaya wedding suite. The great thing about this line is that it works for casual, modern and traditional invitations.

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Speaking of casual invitations, the final line on this custom version of our Arbor invitation adds a fun twist with the “dinner, dancing and tomfoolery to follow” line! What a great place to show your personality!

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The couple that chose our Tulipa design included “cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow” at the end of their invitation indicating to guests that the reception will start with a cocktail hour, which also helps guests choose their attire.

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Speaking of attire, this final line of an invitation is often where you find details on attire. Above is our Occidental invitation that simple states “black tie preferred”. For this more formal affair where the reception takes place at a different location than the ceremony, the couple did choose to include a reception card. They kept all reception information on the separate card, leaving room on the invitation for the note on attire.

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We have said all along with our Wedding Wording series that the final choice is up to you and no matter what etiquette states, you should go what feels right for your event. We love that the elongated shape of our Broadmoor design allow for multiple lines of additional details. In this case, the reception is at a separate location and we’ve included not only the fact that the reception will follow the ceremony, but the name of the location as well.

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And, always fans of keeping it simple, the most common version for the additional details line is the ever-popular “reception to follow” as shown on our Hamilton suite.

With that, we’re ready to wrap up our Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We’ve covered all of the essentials and options in every category from the Invitation Line, the The Couple and Time + Place. We would love to work with you to finalize the personal details of your wedding stationery. Contact us today or visit your local retailer to select your favorite elements for your wedding day!

 

 

Designer’s Desktop {Save the Date Photo Card}

Our design team is always creating new variations of the designs displayed in our wedding album. We wanted to share some of our favorite versions that we have created over the years with the hopes that they will inspire you when designing your wedding stationery!

Two of our most popular Save the Date designs are the Marinwood and Auburn styles. The custom design below, combines these two cards into one, brand new design. Using the trifold format from Marinwood, this design blends a front panel announcing the big day, a middle panel featuring a charming engagement photo and a third panel displaying essential details for guests. Inspired by the vintage letterpress wood type look of our Auburn suite, this save the date makes a statement with bold photography in a soothing subtle color palette.

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Are you inspired by two of our designs and want to incorporate them into one, brand new design? Reach out to us or one of our exclusive retailers. We would love to hear your ideas and help you create a brand new designs unique to you and your event!

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Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Five, Time + Place}

How is your wedding to-do list coming along now that we’re into the thick of the first month of the year? We’re ready with another post in our series covering Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines. We have already covered the Invitation Line and the The Couple so now we’re on to Time + Place.

TIME + PLACE
This portion of the invitation is essential. As with any section of your invitation, be sure to double-check these details so that they are 100% correct. It couldn’t hurt to triple-check when it comes to the time + place. Falling into the same traditional, modern and casual styles; the date, time and place can be listed in many different ways on a wedding invitation.

On a traditional invitation, we always recommend sticking with wedding etiquette rules, which will have your invitation looking a lot like our Larkspur suite. This layout begins with the day of the week and day of the month {all spelled out} with the year and finally the time on a third line. Following the date/time, the location comes next. If you are including separate directions and details for your wedding ceremony and/or reception location, you can include just the name of the location. If you will not have a separate card with details, don’t forget to include the address on your invitation!

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Even when a couple chooses a more modern or casual invitation line, we do often see them use this same format for the time + place, just to be sure that guests are clear on the fine details. Plus, keeping the basics in traditional format really means your modern or casual style on the invitation line will really stand out.

When couples want an allover casual feel, we often see the use of numerals and non-traditional layouts for the time + place. A few inspiring samples from our collection:

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Our Sonoma invitation mixes numerals for the date but spells out the time and location, which allows the design details and graphics to frame these important lines beautifully.

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Another great way to allow your modern format to make a statement is to go with a horizontal format and put all of these details on just one or two lines like our Primula wedding invitation suite.

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Our Stinson invitation uses the traditional layout, but we chose different font styles and sizes to add interest and a decorative look to this design.

We hope that with our tips, your wedding invitation wording feels like a fun and easy task. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to see it on your wedding invitation, contact us or one of our exclusive retailers!

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Chelsea & Aaron

We had the pleasure of working with Chelsea and her Mom in-person. Always such a treat to sit down in our Stone Harbor stationery store and really get to know a bride when designing their wedding stationery. Plus, delivering the final pieces in-person is one of our favorite things!

We describe this wedding as traditional, elegant and full of charm … take a look at the beautiful images captured by Kaitlin Noel Photography:

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The fine details they selected – a color palette of black and white with touches of gold – made for a traditional look.

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The way they used these elements throughout – black letterpress ink for fine, detailed scripts, gold painted edges, all the way to classic black dresses for bridesmaids – was the epitome of elegance.

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And, the thoughtful touches, such as using china with calligraphy {matching the invitations, of course!} for table numbers, and a custom envelope liner inspired by a favorite China pattern – brought it all together on a beautiful day for this charming, thoughtful couple. We’re thrilled to play a small role in such a gorgeous, timeless event!

We would love to work with you too on creating your ideal wedding stationery. Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers so we can sit down in-person, over email or phone and we can start bringing your ideas together into one gorgeous stationery suite!

CREDITS: Wedding Photographer: Kaitlin Noel Photography | Wedding Ceremony: Lutheran Church of Our Savior | Wedding Reception: Congress Hall in Cape May | Stationery and Invitations: Dauphine Press

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Wedding Invitation Wording Guidelines {Part Four, The Couple}

We wanted to kick off the New Year with more Tips & Advice from our design team. We know that so many couples really start focusing on the fine details of wedding planning in January and we’re here to help!

In our Wedding Invitation Wording series, we’ve covered the first of four main areas of your invitation – The Invitation Line. Today, we’re moving on to the most unique portion of the invitation – The Couple. This is the first place that guests look when they receive an invitation in the mail, asking themselves “who is the lucky couple?!

THE COUPLE
Over the years, we have seen many unique ways to display names of brides and grooms. Our best tip here is to let your Invitation Line guide you. If you started down a traditional path, it is best to keep things consistent and go the traditional route for listing your names.

Today we are sharing inspiring options to help you decide on the best solution for your wedding invitations.

TRADITIONAL
The most traditional way to display your names is using your first and middle names. Since most traditionally worded invitations include the names of the bride’s parents, her last name is already listed. In this case, it is suitable to just include the bride’s first and middle names. For the groom’s name, you would list his first, middle and last names and include Mr. at the beginning. Our Magnolia Corners and Occidental wedding invitation suites are perfect examples:

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A contemporary twist on the traditional invitation is to include the last name of the bride and groom, even if the bride’s parents are listed at the top of the invitation. You can see a great example in our Chalk Hill suite, which also includes the groom’s parents names listed below his name.

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The format used on our Chalk Hill invitation is also a great example for traditional same-sex marriages, where the “bride comes first” traditional etiquette isn’t necessary.

MODERN
For the modern wedding invitation, when the couple is hosting, they often choose not to include the parent’s names. In this case, you may want to include any variation of your names – using one or all three – first, middle and last names. Just make sure you do the same for both parties to keep things consistent. Here are a few examples:

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The Calistoga wedding invitation suite displays the first and last names of the couple.

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Our Bloom wedding invitation suite includes the first, middle and last names of both the bride and groom.

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Vreeland wedding invitation lists just the first name of the bride and groom.

CASUAL
When it comes to names, the casual version isn’t too far from the modern version. Here are some of our favorite {and the most fun!} ways to display your names on your wedding invitations:

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We love the use of the belly band on our Monterey invitation. It takes the traditional wording on the invitation {the first and last names of the couple are printed on the invitation} and layers a casual air over the entire invitation with just the “Celebrate with Alicia and Richard” line on the belly band. This letterpress printed band is also very helpful in keeping all the pieces in this suite in one tidy bundle. And, as a bonus, adds a splash of color to the suite.

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One last casual option to consider {well, this could work for any style of wording} is choosing a horizontal format as shown on our Charlotte invitation so that the couple’s names sit side-by-side – a true visual representation of today’s modern union!

With so many options, you really can’t go wrong. You just need to choose the combination that feels right for you and your soon-to-be spouse! If you want advice, or want to run what you’re considering by an expert, feel free to reach out and contact us or one of our exclusive retailers. We would be happy to help you check this to-do off your list!

We’re half way there! Next up are the Time + Place and Additional Details.

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