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What to consider when designing your wedding stationery?

What to consider when designing your wedding stationery?

For most people invited to a wedding, receiving the invitation is the first indication of the style and tone it will take.

An invitation for a wedding that is following a particular theme will evoke that theme in its design and typography.

On the other hand receiving a classic engraved invitation with a traditional typeface set in black ink will clearly show that the wedding will follow a traditional pattern.

The same goes for the order of service sheets that you may be printing for the ceremony, the menus and any other printed material that you need.

Printers have pattern books showing a wide range of designs and styles, but do look around before deciding where to place your work; price alone shouldn’t be the only consideration.

Quality of materials and quality of finish are important considerations too.

As with all the professionals you will be commissioning in connection with your wedding, you must supply your printer with accurate information when you place your order.

You will need to check all the proofs supplied very carefully to pick up any errors, because correcting these once the job has started being printed can be very expensive and time-consuming.

When it comes to designing the order of service sheet for a religious wedding ceremony, ask whoever will be conducting your service to advise you about what to include and the appropriate way to phrase the different items to be printed.

By tradition wedding invitations are issued in the name of whoever is hosting the reception. If this is to be the bride’s parents, then an invitation might be phrased like this:

With a design such as this the name of guests would be written by hand in the top left-hand corner of the card and the full name would be used.

An alternative form of the traditional wedding invitation places the guests’ names in the wording itself (though again it is hand written):

Mr and Mrs William Robinson request the pleasure of the company of
(guests' names)
at the marriage of their daughter Julia to Mr Jonathan Marlow
at All Saints’ Church, Feninghurst on Saturday 23 May 2009 at 2 o’clock and afterwards at Feninghurst Castle

 R.S.V.P.

The Willows

 Feninghurst
Bedfordshire

If some guests are to be invited to a reception following a marriage ceremony to be attended by only a small number of other guests, wording like this might be appropriate:

Mr and Mrs William Robinson request the pleasure of your 
company at a reception at Feninghurst Castle
on Saturday 23 May 2009 at 4 o’clock following the marriage of their daughter Julia to Mr Jonathan Marlow

Different forms of wording are used if the wedding is to be hosted by only one of the bride’s parents, or by people who are related in other ways to the bride.

Etiquette guides, wedding co-ordinators and quite possibly your printer will be able to advise on the wording that is appropriate in your own case.

Increasingly these days the couple to be married are also the hosts, in which case this form of wording may be used on the invitation to their wedding:

Julia Robinson and Jonathan Marlow request the pleasure of your company at their marriage etc.

Invitations can also be sent without the name of the host at all, in which case wording such as this would be appropriate:

The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of Miss Julia Robinson and Mr Jonathan Marlow etc.

Wording for invitations to civil weddings do not need to follow such precise etiquette and allow you to add extra information if it would be useful.

One item of information that should not be included in a wedding invitation is a reference to what guests should wear.

The exception to this is the case of weddings that are to be followed by an evening celebration at which evening dress is to be worn, when you should add the words ‘Black Tie’.

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