{Wedding Etiquette} Invitation Verbiage

11:25 PM, by Unknown

It is no surprise that weddings are now more personal, creative, and original. Whether it’s thinking of new way to display escort cards, skipping a favored tradition, or a unique choreographed father and daughter dance all are wonderful ways to entertain guests while giving personal insight on the couple themselves. I do find sometimes there are certain aspects of the wedding that should stick to the rule book, none more important than invitation wording and etiquette. The following are the three most common mistakes I have seen repeatedly over the years that are easy to avoid.

  1. “Request the honor of your presence” versus “Request the pleasure of your company”. Option number one should only be used when the ceremony is at a house of worship like a synagogue or church. If the ceremony is on-site like a hotel than use option number two.
  2. Abbreviations. All names, streets, cities, and states should be spelled out. There should not be any abbreviations used.
  3. Registry information. If you want to include registry information it is best to do so on a separate information card but not on the invitation itself. You can forgo the information altogether, it is very easy to look up a couples registry or place a phone call to the parents of the bride or groom to inquire. 

I like to remind my couples that their wedding invitation is a piece of art and the first glimpse their guests are going to receive of their wedding. Once you have double and triple check for spelling and grammatical errors have another set of eyes proof it because they might catch something you overlooked. 

*Emily Post wrote the book on etiquette and you can find incredibly helpful information online or in one of her various publications. 

(based on Emily Post etiquette)
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