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Saying It with Words
Today, there are so many different kinds of families—traditional, blended, divorced, etc.—that it’s no wonder brides are often concerned about how to word their invitations without breaching any rules of etiquette. The stationer you will likely be visiting soon will have more samples of wording than you will want to see. For now though, I’ll let you glance at a few of more commonly used forms. These all fall under category "traditional."
(Bride’s parents are hosting) Mr. And Mrs. David Hennesse Request honor of your presence At marriage of their daughter Miss Ellen Marie Hennesse To Mr. Mark Peter Bruster On Saturday, ninth of June Two thousand and five At three o’clock in afternoon St. Mary’s Church Duluth, Minnesota
(Both bride’s and groom’s parents are hosting) Mr. And Mrs. David Hennesse And Mr. And Mrs. Clark Bruster Request honor of your presence At marriage of their children Ellen Marie Hennesse And Mark Peter Bruster On Saturday, ninth of June Two thousand and five At three o’clock in afternoon St. Mary’s Church Duluth, Minnesota
(When bride and groom host wedding) Miss Ellen Marie Hennesse And Mr. Mark Peter Bruster Request honor of your presence At their marriage On Saturday, ninth of June Two thousand and five At three o’clock in afternoon St. Mary’s Church Duluth, Minnesota
The old rule was that word "honor" should always be spelled "honour." This rule is no longer firmly held. However, you should always spell everything out—names, date, time and location.
There are definite rules regarding use of initials. "Doctor" (medical only, otherwise professional title is not used) is written in full, unless name to follow is long. "Mr." is never written "Mister," but "Jr." may also be written as "junior," although first is preferred.
It is acceptable to use numbers when writing address of church or synagogue, but avoid doing so. Generally, address (including street name) of location where wedding will be held is omitted. You may want to include it if not doing so would be likely to cause your guest frustration—when, for example, you are getting married in a large city and guests would have to guess which of several churches with same name you mean.
If you do include address and you are using a formal style of wording, spell out numbers under 100. Never abbreviate words such as "Street," "Avenue," and "Road," and do not include zip code.
Saving Time and Money
If you are pressed for time, ask stationer if you can have envelopes early. This way, while you are waiting for your invitations to be printed you can address envelopes.
When it comes to deciding how many invitations to order, you should definitely order slightly more than you think you will need. Chances are you are going to need more than you thought. It’s a lot more expensive to place a second order than it is to order extras.
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