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BASIC WEDDING
INVITATION  FORMAT

 
by Carol Reed-Jones


You can be as creative with your invitations as you like, but be sure to communicate effectively.  An invitation should contain wording that clearly informs your guests that a wedding (to which they are invited) will take place.

Include the following:

  • Bride and groom's names
  • Parents' names (optional)
  • Wording that makes it clear that the guests are invited, and clearly states whether they are invited to the wedding, the reception, or both
  • Date, time, and place of wedding
  • Information about the time and location of the reception, possibly also the type, for example:

    Brunch reception immediately following (or the exact time if not right away)
    The Clearview Hall
    2727 Recycle Lane
    Any-town, Any-state
  • Optionally--a map and/or written directions to the wedding and reception sites, particularly if they are hard to find. This is especially helpful to out-of-town guests.
  • Response card and envelope-- optional, but very useful in getting a commitment from guests so that you can plan reception food, seating arrangements for the ceremony and reception, and possible lodging for out-of-town guests. It is helpful if you stamp the envelope. Evidently, many people today seem to have trouble interpreting this
    standard response card:


    M_________  will_____ attend.

    Number in party_______.

    Some couples have received response cards back with no name, or no number in party, or both.   For our wedding invitation, we devised the following response card:


    ________________     will_____    will not______ attend.
       (name)

    Number in party______.

    For those guests who sent their response cards back, everyone completed them correctly.

  • Optional--sentiment appropriate to the occasion (short line of poetry, or a quote about love, commitment, marriage)--when present, usually on the cover of the invitation.



This column is an excerpt from the first chapter of Green Weddings That Don't Cost the Earth, by Carol Reed-Jones.

1999 Carol Reed-Jones

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