Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Write Invite

As a writer, there’s nothing I’ve loved more throughout the planning process than designing the perfect language for our programs, website, and of course, invitations.

So, entirely traditional wording on the invites? Sorry, but not going to cut it. Plus, since we’re paying for the wedding ourselves, listing our parents’ names just didn’t seem appropriate.

But, on the other hand, we are hosting a formal wedding with plenty of classic, traditional touches, and I didn’t want to get too artsy with the language. After all, I want our guests to have an accurate feel ahead of time for our wedding’s style.

The solution? Inspired by the wonderfully creative Born to Be Mrs. Beever, I put together the following message, which we then printed onto the DIY Brides invites we picked up at Michael’s.

BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHARED OUR LIVES

THROUGH YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE, WE

My Full Name
&
His Full Name

REQUEST THE HONOR OF YOUR PRESENCE

AT OUR WEDDING CELEBRATION

FRIDAY, THE FOURTH OF JUNE

TWO THOUSAND AND TEN

HALF PAST THREE O’CLOCK

LOCATION

RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

LOCATION

WEBSITE

While the opening recognizes guests’ significance in our lives, the information that follows still maintains a simple, traditional tone. I’m also glad we chose to list our website on the card, since the site contains many more important details.

What do you think? How did you choose to word your invitations, and what was the inspiration behind the language you picked?

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9 comments:

  1. I think that wording sounds great. We went fairly traditional as you will have seen, they came from both our parents since they are helping us with the wedding.

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  2. I love it when the bridal bloggers inspire one another! I think the wording sounds lovely - meaningful and timeless. We encountered a space problem on the invite, since my fiance and I in addition to our parents are paying for/hosting the wedding. Hopefully we will work out the kinks this weekend.

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  3. That sounds awesome. I think it's definitely important to try to use the language on the invites to express the tone of the wedding. For us, it's ultra casual and even though our parents will be helping to pay for the wedding, we haven't included their names. Are they impressed? Um, no, not so much. But I always liked "together with their families" rather than a big long his parents, your parents, your names thing. Yours is awesome. Formal enough, but not too stiff. Well done!

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  4. Ah geez...I'm so emotional lately! The recognition of our wording invites being a source of inspiration to you makes me feel so special :) Thanks for the nod and I love it! Like you, I wanted something different and personal to the guests but also informational and somewhat traditional/formal to be sure they know it's not a backyard BBQ :)

    I can't wait to see the final product! Btw, I absolutely ADORE your new blog layout! So great!

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  5. I love it! But that could be because I used the same wording (the first two lines)! We are paying for it ourselves and felt that wording was appropriate. The wording after our names is a bit different though... I believe it's "invite you to share the beginning of our new life together as we exchange marriage vows on..."

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  6. I love this wording! I've seen it on several sights and on Mrs. Beever's! We are off to the printer this afternoon to hopefully finalize everything so will have a post about this soon!

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  7. Love the way it's worded. Sounds great.

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  8. that's great wording, it's simple and to the point but it's also sentimental.

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  9. My language was pretty formal. I should post it on my page soon.

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