From spelling to proper punctuation, and formalities to last names, there is plenty to consider when it comes to wording the perfectly personalised wedding invitation. And these are just some of the more popular concerns we hear from our customers at Inviting Weddings. It is perfectly understandable how any couple would want their wedding invite to be free of mistakes. We are talking about your life’s grandest day after all, so wouldn’t you want your wedding invitation to represent the event immaculately?
There are more than just a handful of Australian couples out there who fuss over the details of their wedding invitations. The truth is, couples all over Australia stress needlessly over what their wedding invitations should say. If you find yourself among this crowd, worry not! The following blog post aims to clarify some of the norms we frequently advise our clients on, about how best to word their wedding invitations.
Before getting into the specifics, we’ll start you off with this one general piece of advice when it comes to wording your personalised wedding invitation. Have a thought about the style of your wedding. A wedding invitation sets the tone for your occasion, and can be considered as a visual prelude to the style, tone, and mood of your wedding itself.
Always Spell It Out
Most would tend to agree. No matter how casual or informal you’d prefer your wedding to be, the fact is that every word on your wedding invitation should be spelled out. This will be a formal invitation to your big day after all, so treat it with due regard, and your guests will too. It’s perfectly fine to use titles like Mr. and Mrs. – but spell out the wedding date, time, and year. This also applies to words and numbers appearing in the address of a venue, such as with house numbers.
Know where the Commas and Periods Go
At Inviting Weddings, we often get requests from our customers to punctuate every single line of their personalised wedding invitation. What might surprise you to know is how the norm suggests otherwise! Line breaks are what act as commas and periods in a wedding invitation. This treatment helps to add a less ‘harsh’ touch to the legibility of the sentences in your wedding invitations. And that’s why it’s generally regarded (and recommended) to not use commas and periods when wording your wedding invitation. However, you may use commas for separating information that’s found in the middle of a sentence.
Know When Last Names are Needed
Last names aren’t needed for the bride or groom, if their parents’ names are included on the wedding invitation. This is considered to be repetitive and redundant. As far as wording goes, remember: if your parents were hosting the wedding, then your wedding invite will read accordingly!
Requesting One’s Attendance Appropriately
So when it comes down to the bottom line, what’s an appropriate way to request the attendance of your guests? Most people find themselves stuck between the options of requesting ‘The Honour of Your Presence’, and ‘The Pleasure of Your Company’. As a rule of thumb, the former indicates that your event will be held at a place of worship. The latter indicates that your wedding will take place at a secular venue.
Inspire Your Life’s Grand Moment with Inviting Weddings
Run and owned by a husband and wife team, Inviting Weddings creates and prints all our personalised wedding invitations in-house, in Australia. We take love and care in preparing a wide variety of themes for our wedding collateral to suit any personality and style. Whether you’re looking for a foil-stamped finish or a rustic wooden touch, our designs come with matching accessories that meet all aspects of your wedding. Get in touch with us today, and we’ll be happy to help you prepare for your big day!
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