Table Talk: Refined Rustic

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Let’s talk table settings!  One of our favorite trendy table décor styles is Refined Rustic. A masterful blend of natural greenery and woodland florals with subtle hints of shimmering gold results in an unpolished yet refined table setting that is warm and welcoming. Here are the essentials you need to pull off this look!

The Setting

The secret is in the eclectic mix of contrasting textures. Smooth and rough with earthy and sophisticated all come together to create the picture of homespun elegance.

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DIY Style

Create standout centerpieces by informally arranging several candle holders in different heights down the length of the guest tables. Intertwine natural greenery to soften the look.

featured here: Shabby Chic Spindle Candle Holder Set

Sip In Style!

What is old is new again and these vintage style chic goblets and flutes are no exception!

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Personalized Favors

Capture the charm and flavor of a homemade jar of your extra special something. This mason jar with gold lid and personalized favor tag match the rustic style perfectly. A thoughtful gift from the heart, packaged just right.

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featured here: Mason Jar With Gold Lid Favor, Metallic Gold Twine, Lace Medley Open Format Square Tag

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Style Spotlight: Antler Romance

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Set in the woods, the beauty of nature takes center stage in this casual yet refined inspiration. Sculptural antlers are featured throughout and are used to accessorize an abundance of flowers and greenery in soft hues. Touches of vintage gold add a layer of sparkle for a very pretty style that marries rustic and romance perfectly. You’re going to love this Antler Romance shoot by our Ambassador Valerie Pritt from Fleur De Lis Event Consulting.

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Featured here: Miniature Faux Antler Stationery Card Holders

These adorable faux antler card holders were painted gold to add some sparkle and glam.

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Antlers were even incorporated into this beautiful bouquet.

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A small dessert table and rustic cake decorated with lush greenery fits perfectly with the rustic and romance theme.

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Featured here: Silver Antler Bottle Opener Favor

Antler shaped bottle openers painted gold are the perfect guest favor to complement this theme.

Credits:

Event Design & Planning- Fleur De Lis Event Consulting

Photography- The Veil Wedding Photography

Florals- Lori Baker Floral Studios

Hair & Makeup- Beautiful Faces By Erin

Rentals- Handmade Rentals

Table & Chair Rentals- All About Events

Stationery- Grace and Serendipity

Cake- Kakes by Katie

Bride’s Gown- The White Magnolia

Groom’s Attire- Men’s Warehouse

Monogram- Ten23 Designs

 

Wedding Advice From Real Brides

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Brides who are planning their wedding want to know first-hand what other brides would have done differently on their wedding day if they could. Here are some top responses we’ve received from real brides, sharing their best wedding advice.

Do: Take Time To Eat

“My only regret was not having food available for myself and my bridesmaids after pictures and before the ceremony. We had a late wedding (ceremony at 5) and were all so hungry by the time the ceremony started… so ya, if I was doing it again, I’d have food (and wine!) “ –Cynthia

“Make someone set you aside a plate of food for afterwards! I was starving. During dinner you’re likely to be too busy taking photos and greeting to eat”-Peyton

Do: Research & Spend The Money On An Experience Photographer

“I wish I picked different photographers. I went off recommendations and experience but they focused on quantity not quality. I have 1300 photos of my wedding day, yet there’s more photos of the staff than of just me (the bride). They also blurred out me a few times to focus on the background. It was just very disappointing.” – Sammie

“Completely regret my photographer. Spend the money, that’s one place to splurge and then save somewhere else.” –Jac Lynn

“Photography.. really REALLY do your research and don’t cheap out. If they don’t have a Facebook page pass on them.. I thought I had a good one. I’ll never forgive myself” – Chantal

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Do: Have A Clear Idea On Photos You Want

“Took more pictures with my entire family/extended family. We have photos with everyone by themselves but not a single group photo of our families together. (Like aunts/uncles/cousins) Make sure you get every single photo you want as those are the only thing that last a lifetime. “ –Eilea

“I wish I put more emphasis on photos with family members. I told my photographer to speed through it so we can start the reception and now I don’t have half the photos I wish we did.”–Carolyn

“ I used my aunt as a photographer and she wasn’t really up to date on newer more adorable poses but she did it for cheap so I used her…I wish I would have paid more and had a better photographer” – Brianna

Do: Splurge On A Videographer

“Get a videographer. Your day goes so fast and you don’t get to see everything. I would give anything to be able to watch my wedding video back but I never got a videographer. “ – Tiffany

“Even if you have to sell your right arm to do it, get a videographer! This is my #1 regret, not having one. I wish I could relive the day through videos.” – Beth

“All the other ways that we cut corners to save money turned out great but I really regret not getting a videographer… Not sure where the money would have come from but I really wish I had made it a priority and figured out a way to pay for it.” –Lauren

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Do: Take Time To Thank Your Guests

“Taking two moments as bride and groom to address and thank all of our guests for attending. We had intentions on doing this, but after speeches and dinner, it slipped the itinerary. We greeted each table, but I feel like taking the microphone and thanking the guests as a whole would have been nice as well.” – Courtney

Do: Coordinate Carefully With Your DJ

“I got a “great deal” on a DJ, but he didn’t play any of the songs we requested. Lots of old stuff and repeats. If my MC didn’t tell him to play certain songs we may not have had a first dance! It was the worst part of my wedding for me, but people still danced and no one remembers what songs were played anymore (except maybe me).” –Amanda

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Do: Make Sure You Have Enough Time

“I wish I wrote down that the ceremony started a half hour earlier on the invites. We ran late waiting for guests so everything else got cut short. “ – Kristy

“I wouldn’t have changed anything except I would’ve made the reception longer. I felt like one minute we were eating dinner and the next someone was tapping me on my arm telling me there was half an hour left” – Lala

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Top Spring Gift Ideas For Her

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Today we are sharing our top new Spring gifts for you and your girls! Gorgeous jewelry boxes, trays, and compact mirrors all with a beautiful modern floral design. Don’t forget about Mom! Mother’s day is fast approaching, and these gift ideas have her name written all over them.

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This adorable jewelry box with a photo frame lid features a personalized modern floral print with gold accents. Makes for the perfect keepsake for Mom.

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For the girly girl in your life, this classy jewelry box with rose gold edges, floral design, and sparkly lined bottom makes a great gift.

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This little cube shaped beauty offers a stunning way to display your jewelry. Personalized with a modern floral etched design for that extra special touch.

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These personalized compact mirrors with a modern floral design are a trendy gift your girls can take with them wherever they go!

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Trying to find the perfect gift for that person in your life who likes to stay organized? This personalized modern floral printed tray is so versatile! It can be used to dress up your dining table or to keep your desk, dresser, or hallway table organized.

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Style Spotlight: Vintage Blue Elegance

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Today we’re sharing our take on a vintage inspired wedding with elegant touches of something blue. An imaginative combination of multiple blue flowers, décor elements, and favors creates an eclectic effect that is elegant with a minimalist vintage vibe. Here are some of our favorites for this look!

Décor

Incorporate different hues of blue in both florals and décor elements to add a sense of depth to your table display.

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Featured here: Frosted Sea Blue Bottle / Glass Bottle with Ombre Smoke Decoration

 

This vintage style glassware adds a truly distinctive look that complements the vintage blue theme.

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Featured here: Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Flute

The Icing on the Cake

This classic and romantic couple cake topper is one of our all-time faves, and you can personalize the shoe color to be blue!

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Featured here: “Swept Up In His Arms” Wedding Couple Figurine

 

Serve the cake up in style with a vintage inspired serving set alongside blue personalized paper napkins to complete the look.

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Featured here: Vintage Floral Printed Napkins / Silver Plated Stacked Hearts Cake Serving Set

Favorite Favors

Thank your guests with a beautiful linen pouch filled with loose leaf tea or a mini bouquet in a vintage inspired creamer. Your guests will appreciate your attention to every little detail.

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Featured here: Vintage Creamer Favor Set / White Linen Drawstring Favor Bag / Vintage Romance Square Favor Tag

 

Eco-friendly bubbles are also tons of fun and a wedding guest favorite.

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Featured here: Wedding Bubble Bottle Favor / Vintage Romance Diecut Sticker / Antique Key Charm / Small Sea Blue Ribbon

 

Cute little bells have long been a wedding classic and a sentimental detail that still rings true! Add a vintage style tag and blue ribbon for a favor that lets guests join in on the celebration.

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Featured here: Mini Wedding Bells Favor-Silver / Vintage Romance Small Rectangular Favor Tag / Small Navy Blue Ribbon

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Top Three Destination Wedding Tips

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Photo Shoot Location: Reynisfjara-Black sand beach near Vik, Iceland

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They also involve extra attention when it comes to planning and preparation for the big day. Today we are sharing with you expert advice from event planner and Weddingstar Ambassador Phoebe Lo.  Here are her top 3 destination wedding tips:

1. Work With Professionals

Enlist the services of an experienced planner with a background in destination wedding planning, especially in the location you have selected for your celebration. Expect to work with both hometown and on site vendors and service providers to tackle the countless logistical details that all come together to customize your event.

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featured above: Small Gold Decorative Candle Lantern / Medium Decorative Candle Lantern / Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set / Just Married Sandals

2. Planning Is Key

Thorough preparation is crucial when planning a destination wedding. Be knowledgeable about customs and border regulations that may affect what you can pack. Consider all aspects of the transportation and have a backup plan in case of bad weather. To help ensure your planning does not have gaps, envision a walk-through of all the activities, starting from the moment you depart from your home.

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3. Pack & Go Style

In spite of the spectacular scenery, this remote location required a few critical accessories to help set the stage. Here are a few points when travelling to a foreign destination with décor products. Checked luggage is stowed as cargo so expect extremely cold temperatures and rough handling. Securely wrap all fragile items. Upon arrival, a custom agent may require you to prove ownership, so take along purchase receipts and detailed information. But, have a plan B just in case an item is not allowed through customs.

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featured above: Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set-The Adventure Begins

If you are planning on having a destination wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind!

Credits: 

Event Design and Planning: 
Phoebe Lo Events
www.phoebeloevents.com

Photography:
Rhythm Photography
www.rhythm-photography.com

Model:
Sally Leung of Sally Leung Fitness
www.sallyleungfitness.com

Desserts and Sweets: 
Cakelaine
www.cakelaine.com

Jewelry and Accessories:
The Loved One
www.thelovedone.ca

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Top Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

With Valentine’s Day only a couple weeks away, there is no better time to give you our top gift picks for not only your man, but also the amazing girls in your life! Why not celebrate both on this day of love? We’re starting the list off with our fave gifts for your girls!

For The Girls

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This Faux Leather Compact Mirror with an embossed monogram is a trendy gift your girls will take with them wherever they go.

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Check out this stylish heart shaped jewelry box that is both timeless and trendy. With the addition of a sentimental “xo” and personalized message below, this is a gift that will always show you care.

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Featured above: Gold Modern Heart Jewelry Box

Treat your girls to this fun black and white Dalmatian dot tote bag with an embroidered monogram.

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Featured above: Dalmatian Dot Tote

And now for the guys! Here is a selection of our top personalized gift picks for your sweetheart!

 

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Featured above: Barbecue Kit / Black Hip Flask / Double Walled Beer Glass / Wood Beer Caddy / Leather Money Clip / Rosewood Multi Tool / Cooler Chair

 

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How To Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 1

Congratulations! You said “yes!” Get the party started with a high style engagement celebration filled with personality. Send out the invites and have fun making every detail #instaworthy for these once in a life time festivities. Today we’re focusing on all the décor details to make your party stand out!

Down To A T

A Par-Tee that is. Assorted Glittery paper fans, fancy banners, super big balloons and cool paper lanterns will get your party space all dressed for some good times.

Featured above: 36″ Jumbo White “I Do” Balloon / Gold Foil Paper Fan Party Decorations / Watermelon Round Paper Lantern

Glitter Up The Room

Celebrate your engagement in full-on sparkle. Shimmering gold banners and fancy gold sippers are a great way to welcome guests and usher in the fun.

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Featured above: Gold Foil Fancy Paper Straws / Gold Foil X&Os Paper Straws / Gold Foil Hearts Paper Straws

Details!

Details, details, details.. custom glassware and wow-worthy serving trays are just a couple simple tricks that easily add a sense of style to your party and all with a healthy dose of shiny gold, of course. Sip sip, hooray!

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Featured above: Square Acrylic Tray- Celebration Sparkle Foil Printed / Classic Champagne Glass- Personalized

Share The Love

Use fun captions to give your celebration a modern trendy vibe. Available as cake toppers, signage or personalization messages that really stand out, here is just one more special way to have your say.

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Featured above: Pop The Bubbly Acrylic Cake Topper-Black / Classic Champagne Glass / Dainty Gold Bow Bottle Stopper

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Featured above: Yes! Acrylic Sign-Black

Stay tuned for more engagement party inspiration coming up in two weeks!

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How Much Does It Cost To Be A Bridesmaid?

It is an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid, but how much will it actually cost you? When you factor in every possible cost, from the dress to the bachelorette party to the wedding itself, it can be surprisingly expensive. Here’s our bridesmaid’s budget breakdown to keep your stress levels low and keep your friendship with the bride intact.

Bridesmaid Budget Breakdown

It’s tempting to feel so flattered you jump at the opportunity but if cash flow is a problem and the bride is not a very sharing person you may want to consider the costs to you before you accept. Here is what can be involved in being a bridesmaid:

  • Bridesmaid dress
  • Dress alterations if needed (these could work out even more if you’re pregnant too!)
  • Shoes, jewelry and any other accessories the bride requires you to wear
  • Professional hairdressing and
  • Professional make up on the morning of the wedding
  • Bachelorette Party spending money
  • Wedding rehearsal dinner spend if required
  • Travel to dress fittings, bachelorette party, wedding rehearsal and/or travel abroad if required
  • Wedding present for the bride and groom

Hundreds and Thousands

This list is not exhaustive but it gives a pretty good idea of what’s involved and could come in at anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars and several thousand. A wedding abroad could cost even more due to overseas travel and accommodation, so it is worth taking all the potential costs into account. If the bride does want you to pay, it could work out to be more expensive than you think.

Who Pays and How To Compromise

Traditionally the bride’s parents would cover the costs of the bridesmaids dresses but these days most couples pay a large proportion of their wedding costs themselves and it has become more acceptable to ask for financial contributions from the bridal party. Unless the bride and groom are offering to pay for everything, it’s worth discussing costs and coming to a compromise where you are all happy.

If your little girl is asked to be a flower girl you may be expected to pay for her outfit. Luckily she won’t need cash for the bachelorette party so it’s a lot less expensive than being a bridesmaid, but you may still be asked to pay for her shoes and accessories.

How To Cut Bridesmaid Costs

Assuming the bride is in agreement, you can cut costs substantially by wearing a second hand bridesmaid gown, an informal low cost summer dress you can wear again, or even a dress you already own. For fashionably non-matching bridesmaids you can save cash by choosing low-cost gowns that co-ordinate in similar colors or styles.

It often falls to the maid of honor to arrange the bride’s proverbial ‘last night of freedom’, and another way to cut costs is to organize a low-key bachelorette party in a venue that is local to you or a casual bridal shower at home which can be just as much fun as an expensive night out in the city or a weekend abroad.

And finally, don’t ever let it cost you your friendship. There will always be a compromise and the key is to discuss it all and be mindful of everyone involved. The bottom line is the bride is special to you and she wants you to be a part of her special day. Together you should be able to find a way for that to happen.

Credits:

Originally written by Kate Thompson-Confetti

Choosing The Right Wording For Your Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests will see of your theme and the first impression they’ll have of your big day. After you’ve chosen the perfect invitations, it’s time to get to work filling them in with the right wording. Don’t worry if you’re not a budding Shakespeare, we’ve put together a range of classic and contemporary wedding invitation wording for you to choose from.

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Featured above: Embossed Floral Elegance Invitations / Embossed Floral Elegance Accessory Cards

What should you include on your wedding invitations?

No matter their style or your degree of formality, when it comes to the right wording for your wedding invitations, be sure to include:

  • names of the bride’s parents or other hosts
  • first name and surname of the couple
  • where the ceremony is taking place
  • date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
  • location of the wedding reception
  • address to which guests should reply
  • a reply date

You might also wish to include:

  • details of any dress code or theme
  • time guests can expect the day to come to an end
  • whether children are invited

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 Who sends out the wedding invitations?

Invitations are always sent from whoever is hosting the wedding ‐ traditionally the bride’s parents. The wording becomes more complicated if parents are divorced or if the couple are holding the event themselves. The usual wording for a traditional invitation is:

Mr & Mrs James Jones
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Susan Jones to  Neil Wood
at St Mary’s Church, Milton,
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
(reception venue)
RSVP: (host’s address)

More Wording Examples

Who is hosting your wedding? Below are sample wordings for:

  • the bride’s parents
  • both sets of parents
  • you’re hosting your own wedding
  • you with both sets of parents
  • a single parent
  • a divorced parent with their spouse/bride or groom’s step parent
  • jointly hosted by divorced parents

The bride’s parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their
daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to Tim Hugh Brown
son of
Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Both sets of parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
and
Mr & Mrs Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to Tim Hugh Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

You’re hosting your own

Ms Natasha Ruth Hank
and
Mr Tim Hugh Brown
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

You with both sets of parents

Mr & Mrs Hanks
and their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
together with
Mr & Mrs Brown
and their son
Tim Hugh Brown
request the honor of your presence
at the wedding of
Natasha Ruth Hanks
and
Tim Hugh
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

A single parent

Mr Hanks
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

A divorced parent with their spouse (bride or groom’s step parent)

Jane & Tom Hanks
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of Jane Hanks’ daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
son of Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Jointly hosted by divorced parents

Mr Hanks
and
Mrs Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Natasha Ruth Hanks
to
Tim Hugh Brown
son of
Mr & Mrs Brown
on (date), (month), (year),
at (time)
St Cuthbert’s Church, Styal, Cheshire

Invitations from someone other than the bride or groom’s parents

If the host of the wedding is neither the bride nor the groom’s parents but another relation, you should word the invitation omitting the word daughter/son and adding the hosts’ relationship:

  • grandparents = granddaughter/grandson
  • aunt and uncle = niece/nephew
  • godparents = goddaughter/godson
  • foster parents = foster daughter/foster son
  • brother = sister/brother
  • sister = sister/brother

Invitations for joint weddings

If, for example, two sisters are having a joint wedding, the name of the older sister and her future husband should go first.

The traditional approach

If you want to follow traditional invitation style, here are a few conventions to note:

  • Invitations are generally written in the third person.
  • The bride’s name should appear before the groom’s.
  • When listing the time, date and venue, the time and date should be written first and the venue last.
  • Use titles when appropriate.
  • ‘The honor of your presence’ or ‘The pleasure of your company is the normal choice of wording. The former is often used for invitations to religious ceremonies such as a church wedding; the latter for invitations to an event in a non‐religious venue.
  • How you break up the lines is up to you. Generally, names, times and places are placed on separate lines.
  • Wording can be adapted to accommodate different circumstances due to death, divorce and re‐marriage on the bride’s side. For example:
    • (if either parent is widowed):
      Mr James Jones / Mrs Pamela Jones, requests the pleasure…
    • (parents are divorced):
      Mr James Jones and Mrs Pamela Jones request the pleasure…
    • (parents divorced, mother remarried):
      Mr James Jones and Mrs Paula Matthews request…

 Inviting children

If children are invited, make this clear by including their names on their parents’ invitation. Parents might assume that the invitation is for them alone if their children’s names are not specified.

It can be tactful to include a short note to parents, such as: ‘Much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family’, or, ‘We are sorry we are unable to accommodate children’. If you are inviting children, let parents know if you have made special childcare arrangements: ‘We have arranged child‐minding facilities for the duration of the service and/or reception’.

Invitations to the reception or an evening party

If space is limited at your ceremony venue, you may wish to invite more guests along to the reception afterwards. You may then decide to invite even more guests for your party in the evening.

A reception invitation will ‘request the pleasure of your company’. An evening party invite can be equally formal, but can also be informal depending on the style of your wedding.

See a gorgeous range of wedding stationery  collections at Weddingstar

Credits:

Originally Written by Leanne Smith-Confetti