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All About Invitations

Confused about how many invitations you`ll need and how to word them? We offer some basic guidelines.

Your wedding stationery should account for about 5% of your total budget, so you`ll need to put some thought into their planning and design. With invitations especially, timing is vital. As a rule, order them no later than three months in advance, because they should be sent out to your guests at least six weeks prior to the wedding date.

(Remember: out-of-town guests should get at least eight weeks` notice.)

It`s wise to add an extra 10% of stationery to your order - just in case you make any errors. Finally, before confirming your order, ask the stationers to send you a sample. You never know how strangely they could have misspelt your name, or even got your wedding date incorrect!

Stationery that you`ll need:
Invitations
RSVP Cards
Ceremony Cards
Place Cards - telling guests which seats they`ve been assigned - if it`s a formal function
Menu Cards - one per table at a formal function
Thank You Cards
Return to Sender?

What is inscribed on your invitations is entirely up to you, particularly because society has become a lot more flexible. As a guideline, however, the invitations should be sent from whomever is acting as host/hostess for the occasion. Traditionally, this is usually the bride`s parents, but most weddings today have a twist on tradition, so if your family isn`t quite so `streamlined`, here`s some sample wording to get you started:

If you and your groom are hosting your own affair:
Miss June Hunter and Mr Charles Smith Request the pleasure of your company at their marriage at (name of church/synagogue/other), (location of church/synagogue/other), on (day of week, date, at .... time) followed by a (dinner-dance/lunch buffet/brunch reception) at (name of reception venue and address).
RSVP - Her name and phone number, His name and phone number

If your parents are divorced and the mother has remarried:
Mr Andrew Brown and Mrs Sally Scott request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter, June to Mr Charles Smith at (name of church/synagogue/other), (location of church/synagogue/other), on (day of week, date, at .... time) followed by a (dinner-dance/lunch buffet/brunch reception) at (name of reception venue and address).
RSVP - The names and contact numbers of each of their residences.

If one of your parents is deceased:
The pleasure of your company is requested for the marriage of June, daughter of Mrs Sally Scott (AND THE LATE?? - CHECK WORDING), to Mr Charles Smith at (name of church/synagogue/other), (location of church/synagogue/other), on (day of week, date, at .... time) followed by a (dinner-dance/lunch buffet/brunch reception) at (name of reception venue and address).
RSVP - name of living parent and contact number.

If a single parent is the host:
Ms Sally Scott requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter, June to Mr Charles Smith at (name of church/synagogue/other), (location of church/synagogue/other), on (day of week, date, at .... time) followed by a (dinner-dance/lunch buffet/brunch reception) at (name of reception venue and address).
RSVP - name of living parent and contact number.

If bride`s father is hosting with her stepmother:
Mr and Mrs Andrew Brown request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter, June to Mr Charles Smith at (name of church/synagogue/other), (location of church/synagogue/other), on (day of week, date, at .... time) followed by a (dinner-dance/lunch buffet/brunch reception) at (name of reception venue and address).
RSVP - The names and contact numbers of each of their residences.

One final word of advice - don`t forget to indicate the formality of the affair, be it black tie, formal or smart-casual. Also, be prepared to phone around at least ten days before the wedding to confirm with guests that have not yet RSVP`d. If certain guests are unable to attend, you may still want to ask someone else whom you`ve regrettably had to leave off the guest list! (Tread cautiously, though - some people will get offended if they think they were after-thoughts.)

Article source: LifeWorld

 



 





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