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Wedding Invitation List
The Smart bride and groom to-be need to sit down together and make a list of who they want there to witness their special day. The core of a successful wedding invitation list needs to consist of people who know well, care about and love the Bride and Groom. With regard to business associates, the invitation should be extended because of the friendship, not the business connection. Be sure to take into consideration the number of people who will fit comfortably into the ceremony and reception areas. If the wedding is to be a large affair, not only their friends but the friends of their parents as well, and business acquaintances of both families should be invited.

Selecting Your Wedding Invitations
Your invitations should be in sync with the style and formality of your wedding. The style of your invitations will be the first clue to your guests what type of event to expect.

Mailing the Wedding Invitation
All wedding invitations should come from the home of the bride, even those that are for the personal friends of her husband even if they are unknown to the bride. The envelope should have the full names of the persons or family invited, and the inside card should have the first names of each person. When inviting a single person, it is common courtesy to write “and Guest” along with their invitation. Wedding Invitations should be mailed about six weeks before the day set for the wedding. Out of town guests should be sent a "Save the Date" card, preferably with hotel suggestions, in time for them to make travel accommodations (usually 8-10 weeks in advance).

Destination Wedding Invitations
If you are planning a destination wedding, send your wedding invitations out as early as 9 –10 weeks in advance, that way as guests tell you that they cannot attend you can start sending more invites to people on you back-up lists. Just make sure everyone gets at least one months notice.

Wedding Invitation Wording
The proper wedding invitation wording is critical and should tell your guest everything there is to know. Whether it be a Church wedding, home wedding, second marriage or whatever, the proper etiquette and wedding invitation wording are essential. There are customary guidelines for wording your invitations. Many varieties are used, but the more formal your wedding, the closer to tradition yours should be. Note that the words honour and favour are always spelled with 'our' on wedding stationery. The words 'honour of your presence' usually appear in invitations to church ceremonies; the words 'pleasure of your company' appear on invitations to non-church ceremonies and wedding receptions.

 

Standard Wording:
Mr. and Mrs. James Doe
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Carrie Lynn
to
Michael Theodore Buffington
at the Newport Beach Club
Saturday, the Seventeenth of June
Eight o'clock in the evening

Both sets of parents are funding the wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Jensen
and
Mr. and Mrs. Kwame Johnson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Anne Catherine and Theodore Joseph
etc.

If Bride's parents are hosting, but would like to include grooms parents on the invitation:
Mr. and Mrs. Chris R. Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Anne Catherine
to
Theodore Joseph Johnson
son of Mr. and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson
etc.

When the bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves, the wording should read:
EITHER

You are cordially invited to celebrate
the wedding of Anne Catherine Myers
and
Theodore Joseph Johnson
etc.

OR

Together with their parents,
Anne Catherine Myers
and Theodore Joseph Johnson
request the honour of your presence
etc.

Brides parents are divorced:
EITHER
Issued by the parent who raised her:
Ms. Cindy Myers
requests the honour of your presence
at the wedding of her daughter
Nicole Catherine
etc.

OR

Divorced parents are hosting the wedding together:
Mr. Christopher Myers
and
Ms. Cindy Jones request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Nicole Catherine

Child of divorced and remarried parents both hosting the wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Myers
and
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Velez
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of the daughter of Mr. Myers and Mrs. Velez
Anne Catherine
to
etc.

 

 

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