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Formal Wedding Invitations

The formal wedding invitation is a well-designed invitation that includes: the invitation, an outside envelope, a reception card, an RSVP card, an RSVP envelope, directions to the church and reception, information on accommodations for out-of-town guests and thank you cards.

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The formal invitation is very plain. They are engraved or thermographed (a powder compound that creates a raised-lettering effect) on the front side of a single or folded sheet of heavy ivory or ecru paper. It may have a raised border and usually a classic typestyle in black ink. Thermographed invitations are less expensive than engraved invitations but still have the look and feel of engraving.

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When writing names, always use the first, middle and last name. Do not use nicknames or initials. Only "Mr.", "Mrs." and "Dr." can be abbreviated. Write out days, dates, times and addresses. Also, the word "and" is always written out. The traditional British spelling of honour and favour is often used.

Sample Invitations

When the bride's parents are hosting the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Nicole
to
Mr. Michael Adam Nelson
on Saturday, the fifth of May
two thousand and eleven
at half after six o’clock in the evening
Saint John’s Catholic Church
200 Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island

If everyone is invited to the reception, add:

Reception
immediately following the ceremony
Providence Country Club
forty-two Willow Road

To include the groom’s parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Nicole
to
Michael Adam Nelson
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Nelson

If father is deceased, and mother has not remarried:

Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Katherine Nicole
to
Mr. Michael Adam Nelson

If mother is deceased, and father has not remarried:

Mr. Thomas Andrew Jones
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Katherine Nicole
to
Mr. Michael Adam Nelson

If mother has remarried:

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Snow
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Katherine Nicole Jones
to
Mr. Michael Adam Nelson

If father has remarried:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Katherine Nicole
to
Mr. Michael Adam Nelson

If both parents have remarried:

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Snow
and
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Katherine Nicole Jones

If parents are divorced, but hosting together:

Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Snow
and
Mr. Thomas Andrew Jones

If mother is divorced and hosting alone:

Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Snow

If the groom’s parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Nelson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Katherine Nicole Jones
to their son
Michael Adam Nelson

If both the bride's parents and groom's parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jones
and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Nelson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Katherine Nicole Jones
and
Michael Adam Nelson

If the couple is hosting the wedding themselves:

The honour of your presence
Is requested
At the marriage of
Katherine Nicole Jones
To
Michael Adam Nelson

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