Monday, July 28, 2008

Wedding Invitations 101

Remember in the movie Father of the Bride when George Banks is imagining his daughter’s small-ish wedding, and he thinks they can have the wedding at their favorite restaurant, The Steak Pit? Their young son says, “I don’t think you want the word ‘pit’ on a wedding invitation.”

A similar situation happened last week. A colleague told me her friend got engaged and that the wedding reception will be at a restaurant. The restaurant’s name? The Cock & Bull. (I swear on Aggie, that’s what it’s called.)

Thank g-d it turns out the facility is part of a larger complex and they can just write “reception to follow” or something similar on their invitation, but the whole situation got me thinking about wedding invitations in general.

Whether your wedding is casual or formal, you should still follow the basic format for your invitation wording: host line, request line, bride and groom’s names, wedding date and time, location line and attire (if desired).

You can send guests a complex three-dimensional invitation or put your invite on a DVD. You can even send a singing telegram, but you’d still have to send a paper reminder since no one will remember everything the messenger sang.

Talk to your stationer about ways to personalize your invitation. From colors and paper choices to creative embellishments (crystals, ribbon, silk flowers, feathers), he or she will be able to work with you to create something your guests will never forget. Remember, your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding your guests will see.  


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