Choosing the text for your wedding invitations can be an intimidating task. While it is fun to select beautiful stationery and play with font styles and colours, putting pen to paper to announce to your guests that they are invited can leave some people lost for words. There is no need to stress. By following some simple rules and applying just a touch of imagination, you can create a wedding invite that is clear and concise as well as meaningful to you both.
The first rule of choosing text for your wedding invite is to keep it clear. Make sure you set out the details of the ceremony such as date, time and location in a way that leaves no guest unsure of where to go, at what time they are expected to be there and also, what to wear.
Respect your hosts. Are the bride’s parents paying for your special day? Then make sure when choosing the text for your invites you acknowledge this by letting your guests know that the invite is from the bride’s parents with the words “Mr and Mrs John Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Jane Smith to Adam Jones”. This applies also if the parents of the groom are paying for the wedding; simply reverse the order of the naming of the bride and groom.
Finally, regardless of how formal or informal your wedding ceremony is going to be, keep the tone formal when choosing the text for your invite. Remember, this is a once in a lifetime event. The importance of this occasion is best reflected in an invite that gives attention to rules of formality, in particular an emphasis on a polite tone. Use the full names of all people named on the invite including their title e.g Mr, Mrs, Miss etc. If the guest has a title such as Reverend, Dr or Professor, use it. Small details like this mean a lot and will not go unnoticed by your guests if you neglect to include them.
By following these simple guidelines you can rest assured that you will be on your way to composing text for your wedding invites that is impressive to look at and a pleasure to read. Your guests will feel honoured to be invited to your ceremony and you will be setting a tone that people will remember for years to come.