Friday, August 23, 2013

Wedding Invitations - It's Not About What You Say, It's About How You Say It

Wedding invitations are not as simple as they seem. Between wedding invitation selections, wedding invitation wording, creating a wedding program, and stationary, you're in a bit of a bind from the beginning. The invitation is the primary method your invitees will gather information about your momentous celebration, and likely something they will hold onto for sentimental reasons afterward. The presentation can neither be thought of as purely informational or as solely elaborate. Both purposes need to be served for a well-rounded invitation. Your wedding invitation will be a keepsake for generations to look back upon so its importance cannot be exaggerated. It can also be framed as a testament, a homemade certificate, and a symbolic indication of a committed marriage.

It's been decades since it was common practice for the educated bride, or her mother, or guardian to write somber, formal, minimalist notes. The times have changed for the better. However, women should have a little more sense than to just send out an Evite. Weddings need some measure of formality. Balance is key. Remember that humor, passion, delight, commitment, serenity, and pleasure need to all be represented and rolled into a single invitation. These, after all, are the elements of love.

When crafting an invitation, include the host's names first, followed by the request, the names of the happy couple, date and time, location, the time of the reception, the RSVP, and optional details such as clothing, attire, and required clothing accessories.

Non-traditional wedding invitations, however, are called for in many instances; blended families, two sets of parents funding it, the couple funding it, divorced parents are hosting the wedding, divorced parent and new stepparent are hosting the wedding, two sets of divorced and remarried parents are funding it, and the list goes on and on. The point is that we no longer live in a kind of society where the bride's parents always host the wedding, and, thus, 'request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter'.

The best wedding invitation possible will be the one that accurately reflects the couple's style, personality, charm, intelligence, and uniqueness. It should also reflect the tone, setting, and environment of the event and foreshadow the various characteristics of the wedding. Some people have beach weddings, others have costume weddings, and others have weddings at big churches.

The kind of wording that wedding invitations have is pretty simple, and you'll have no problem writing it.

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