(Closed) Help me grammar-proof my DIY invites!

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Grammatically, I think you would need to put a comma after together with their parents and after Future Mother-In-Law Skeptic.  The only thing is that I am not sure that I have ever seen commas used on invitations, but if it were in regular text, there would need to be a comma there.

Post # 4
5758 posts
Bee Keeper

This is how we did them for my daughter’s wedding.

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@village_skeptic:  I’m sure the invitations are long since printed and it no longer matters, but, since you asked: you do need the commas in the sentence because there is a slight difference in meaning. Not a huge deal, but, if you’re curious, you use the commas when you’re giving “additional” information but omit the commas when giving “necessary” information.

For example: I have one brother and two sisters. Check out the following sentences.

My brother, John, studied psychology. (Since I have only one, as soon as I say “brother” it’s obvious who I have to be referring to. The name is extra, so it gets set off by commas).

My sister Mary also studied psychology. (Since I have two sisters, I need to identify which one I’m referring to. Therefore, her name is “necessary” so you don’t put commas around it).

Now, it would usually be assumed that the parents you mention on your invitations are your only parents, so the commas should be there. If you left them out, it would indicate that out of your numerous parents, it was the ones you specifically named who were issuing the invitation … most people will figure it out, but, what with complicated family dynamics, you never know …

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