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Honor vs. Pleasure
The phrase “request the honor of your presence” is traditionally used for a ceremony taking place in a place of worship (church, synagogue, etc.), while the phrase “request the pleasure of your company” is usually used for a ceremony taking place in a non-religious location.
Favor vs. Favour
This applies to US customers:
Either spelling can be used, just be sure to be consistent with your usage. If you use the word honour on the invitation (…request the honour of your presence), use favour on the RSVP (The favour of a reply is requested…). If you use honor on the invitation, use favor on the RSVP.
Writing the Date
When writing the date, all days and numbers should be spelled out. For example:
Saturday, the first of September
two thousand and twelve
Writing The Time
The phrases “in the morning” or “in the evening” should be used. For example: at five o’clock in the evening
The proper reference to a half hour is “half after,” not “half past.” 6:30 would be written as: half after six o’clock
Traditionally, times between 12 noon and 5:30 pm are considered the afternoon.
6:00 pm or later is considered the evening.
Abbreviations should not be used on the wedding invitations. Abbreviations in names: Either spell out the full name or omit the abbreviation completely. For example:
John Walter Smith or John Smith would be used
Doctor should be spelled out, rather than using Dr.
Military titles should also be spelled out. For example, use Sergeant instead of Sgt.
Reverend would be used instead of Rev.
The one exception to the abbreviation rule is Mr. and Mrs. Those abbreviations are perfectly acceptable.
Abbreviations in addresses:
Post Office Box should be used instead of P.O. Box
Northeast instead of N.E.
Road instead of Rd.
Street instead of St.
Avenue instead of Ave.
Court instead of Ct.
“Black tie” does not traditionally appear on the invitation. If the event takes place after six o’clock, your guests should assume that it is a formal event. However, if you are concerned, you can write “Black tie” as a footnote on your reception card or invitation if no reception card is used.
We get this question a lot. It is socially incorrect to write, “no children please” on the invitation or any part of the wedding ensemble. A more appropriate way to address this is to include a separate reception card in your invitation suite which includes the reception details (location, address, time). The last line of that card can state “Adult Only Reception”.
The best way to share this information, and most socially accepted is word of mouth before the wedding via family members or members of the bridal party.