The invitation will give your guests a first impression as to how stylish or how casual your wedding will be.
There are many ideas for a bride and groom to use as an invitation to their wedding. Invitations today, seem so informal compared to past decades, some bride’s will choose anything from an ostrich egg which has either a separate invitation attached, or the printed word glazed on the egg, to a printed tissue with which the guests can wipe their tears during any emotional moments!
If you choose to have a small wedding with just a few friends and family it is often nice to send an informal invitation handwritten in calligraphy on a really high quality embossed piece of stationary with matching envelope. Otherwise etiquette requires a formal invitation that can be printed or embossed. Usually the most convenient is to visit a really good printer who specializes in invitations to select the style and type of invitation you like. The printer should be able to show you a variety of invitations and the type of print and wording required.
The invitation should be one of the first tasks you set yourself to do when planning your wedding. If you are getting married in the wedding, i.e. in this country, between September and April, you should start organizing the invitation, then ask the printer to give you a proof of the wording before you sign off the final order. Many invitations go out with spelling mistakes, so it is a good idea to have a double check at reading the proof with your groom before signing off. Make sure you see a final proof with all the corrections before the final print of the invitations is done.
When you have the invitations to hand, if you are personalizing them with filling in details of the name of the bride, groom, family, venue etc., buy a special fountain pen with which you can write in black inl calligraphy. The fountain pen can be kept to use for signing the registrar at the ceremony too. Calligraphy can be used on all invitations, whether casual or classic. The invitations are normally sent from the bride’s parent’s home and should be worded as follows:
|Mr & Mrs. David Dempster
Request the pleasure of
Your company at the marriage
Of their daughter
MR CONRAD BLACK
At St.Mary’s Church
On Saturday 15 December 2005
And afterwards at the Saxon Hotel, Hyde park
RSVP: The Firs, 67, First Avenue, Melrose. 2004
DRESS: Black Tie
After you have decided on the style of your invitations, you should keep the same theme for your reply card, service sheet, place setting cards and your thank you notes.