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By Karen S Musselman

Today there are so many different ways to plan your wedding that it can seem tricky to find just the right wedding invitation wording. Different scenarios call for different ways to word wedding invitations…

– situations like inviting only some people to the ceremony and not the reception, or vice versa…

– how to word an invitation when there are deceased parents, and even opting to send personalized invites to the bridal party to give them special recognition of being in the wedding.

Even the styles range from formal and traditional to casual and can include a small verse or poem that you could also include on the wedding favors you give to your guests.

There are also times when couples marry after they’ve been together for some time and have had children together, so they’ve decided on informal, casual invitations.

Let’s look at some other pretty frequent scenarios where you may need to word the invitation a bit off from traditional.

The couple has a limited budget but both the bride and groom have large, extended families with a lot of friends. They would like to invite everyone to the ceremony but don’t think they can afford to invite everyone to the reception.

Unique Wedding Favors from Beau-coup.comWhat should they do? How could they word their invitations to pull this off?

    • The first option is to leave off any mention of a reception following the ceremony and send separate reception cards only to those who are being invited.The problem there is, people will talk after the event and those not invited will more than likely get word of there being a reception that they weren’t invited to. That could cause some real problems later on.
    • The second scenario calls for limiting the ceremony invitations to only those who would also be invited to the reception. That would actually be the more polite thing to do.
  • And lastly, which is actually the best option and would make everyone happy, is to plan the wedding ceremony for later in the evening and instead of serving an all-out dinner for the reception, simply plan for light hors d’oeuvres or finger foods with the dessert being your wedding cake

Also, limit the bar to one or two wines and one or two beers on tap. Since the food and bar tab are the most expensive items on the reception costs, keeping these in check makes the reception more affordable so that everyone who is attending the ceremony will also be invited to the reception.

The more informal and casual the reception, and the lower the costs, and the more exciting and fun the entire event will be because everyone will able to attend the reception after the ceremony.

Some couples want to send custom or personalized invitations to the bridal party instead of sending them the same invitation that all of the other guests will be receiving.

So how do you word the invitations that are being sent to the bridal party? And just how personalized should they be?

Actually, the bridal party can still receive the same invitation that the rest of the guests are getting, but include a small, personalized note inside letting them know how much you appreciate you them being such a special part of the happiest day in your life.

Today, thousands of couples have been divorced long before their get married. This can literally cause some stress for the bride and groom when it comes time to figuring out the right wording to use on their wedding invitations.

And if each parent has since remarried, which is often the case; it can get a little tricky trying to decide whose names to put where and how. And then what if one of the parents is deceased?

A traditional invitation simply shows the relationship between the bride and her parents and the groom and his parents. But the couple should still recognize the step-parents if they’re planning a formal invitation.

Some couples today simply announce themselves as being the hosts of their wedding in more casual and informal wedding invitation wording so no one feels slighted. The relationships can be detailed in the wedding programs.

Traditionally and in proper etiquette, the ones who are actually paying for the wedding and reception are the ones who are doing the inviting. It’s not even ‘normal’ anymore that the groom’s family only pays for the rehearsal while the bride’s family pays for everything else.

Today, it’s not unusual for everyone to contribute in some way, especially with older couples or couples who’ve already been living with each other for a while before getting married.

Here are a couple of different options for wording so that no one gets slighted. And it’s best if everyone involved is consulted first before the final printing of the invitations.

How do you word a wedding invitation if the ceremony and reception are at the same place but the reception is going to be a couple of hours later after the ceremony?

Think of your guests too when planning your wedding. You don’t want to inconvenience the same people who are taking time out of their day to attend.

Usually when a wedding and reception are being held at the same location, you would word the invitation that the reception is immediately following at .

But if you do have to have the reception at the same location but a couple of hours later than the ceremony – for instance, maybe you’re heading to a separate location for photographs first and then back to the ceremony location for the reception, the wedding invitation wording would be the same as if the reception was being held at a different location except you’ll be listing the same address twice with different times.

Karen’s website, CreativePersonalizedKeepsakes.com has a variety of wedding bookmark keepsakes that can be personalized for any type of wedding. You can see some of the bookmarks she’s created on her YouTube channel.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Karen_S_Musselman/82612

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Wedding Invitation Wording – Say it Right On Your Wedding Invitations

By Elizabeth Reuth

Traditional Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Bing Crosby

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Julie Ann

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if the Bride’s Parents and Groom’s Parents Both Help Pay for the Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Bing Crosby

And

Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Presley

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their children

Miss Julie Ann Crosby

And

Mr. William Joseph Presley

On Saturday the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if Bride and Groom Pay for the Wedding on Their Own

The honor of your presence is requested

At the marriage of

Miss Julie Ann Crosby

And

Mr. William Joseph Presley

On Saturday the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if the Bride’s Parents are Divorced (not Remarried) and Both Help Pay for the Wedding

Mrs. Barbara Jones Crosby

And

Mr. Bing Crosby

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Julie Ann

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if the Bride’s Parents are Divorced and Remarried and Both Help Pay for the Wedding

Mrs. Frank Sinatra

And

Mr. Bing Crosby

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Julie Ann

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if one of the Bride’s Parents is Deceased

Mrs. Bing Crosby

Requests the honor of your presence

At the marriage of her daughter

Julie Ann

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if Bride’s Mother and Stepfather Pay for the Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sinatra

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of her daughter

Julie Ann Crosby (last name optional)

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Invitation if Bride’s Guardian is not Her Mother or Father and Guardian Pays for Wedding

Mrs. Agatha Christie Crosby

Requests the honor of your presence

At the marriage of her granddaughter

Julie Ann

To

William Presley

On Saturday, the seventeenth of May

At five o’clock

City Botanical Gardens

Nashville, Tennessee

Though it can appear complicated, wording your wedding invitations can be easy if you have access to the right words. Using these samples, you’ll be able to have wedding invitations that say what you want them to say while using the proper invitation etiquette.

A wedding expert, Elizabeth Reuth offers wedding planning ideas online for brides and grooms and is the author of the popular wedding vow book Perfect Wedding Vows in Minutes

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