A WORD ON WORDING
Wedding invitation and stationery wording tips
Content for letterpress printing wedding invitations and stationery generally falls into one of two categories: traditional or modern. Of course there’s a plethora of options, but we’re going to talk about the most common forms for invitation wording here in Australia, for these wedding styles.
Your letterpress wedding stationery maps out all the details your guests need to know for the big day – so clarity is crucial, no matter what your style.
Firstly, establish who the invitation is coming from. Traditional forms usually include the brides parents, or both sets of parents. Modern invitations are hosted directly by the bride and groom.
Whether the brides parents or both parents are hosting, a wedding is the most special of occasions, and parents may rightfully hope to get a mention on the invitation. You can go the time-honoured route of only using the fathers names, eg. Mr and Mrs Peter Alexander, but more commonly these days, mothers have equal billing. The Mr and Mrs is often omitted where space is tight, and the use middle names is traditional but optional.
See an example of traditional wording here
Bride and groom hosting
Modern couples often choose to host their wedding affair either by themselves, or with a nod to thier families. The beauty of modern style wording is that it keeps information minimal – very handy if you’ve chosen to go with a ‘medium’ sized invitation (150 x 110mm), instead of a large size format.
See an example of modern wording here
The what, the where, the when and the what the?
With the exception of my mother, most people have the psychic abilities of a door – don’t expect them to know what you haven’t told them. You need to include every detail particular to the day, not just the date, time, address of the ceremony and reception; so here’s a few other things that you may need to add:
- If there’s a long break between the ceremony and reception, state if there is an activity held in between (drinks, group photo, etc)
- Whether an adult only affair or permitting children
- Dress code – you’d be surprised how many people want to come to a wedding in their favourite jeans
- Include a map/directions card if a venue is in a tricky spot
- If guests need to mail back their reply cards, include addressed (and stamped if possible) envelopes. Yes, postcard style RSVPs save money on envelopes, but look like dog doo-doo after a trip through the mail.
- Dietary requirements.
Balance, space and all important grammar
Wedding invitation wording will often be decided by how much room you have on the invitation, and how much you need to say.
If you have lengthy ceremony, reception and RSVP information on the one card, then crowding the card for the sake of extra formality simply isn’t worth it. If the reception venue is easily accessible in a well known location, do you really need to include the street address? The structure of your wording should look balanced, with enough surrounding space to appreciate your beautiful (ahem, letterpress) design.
Punctuation, grammar, legibility and clear meaning never go out of style, but at the end of the day, you don’t have to be an expect in wedding etiquette or stationery design. Daisy Street Press will be happy to advise and create letterpress wedding invitations and stationery that exactly reflect your event.