Post # 1
I’m at a loss how to word my wedding invitations. I feel like I need to get my invitations out asap, but I haven’t even begun. Husband and I had a destination marriage ceremony just last month, and planning to have the wedding with friends and family in Spring. How do I word my invitations in this case? We do plan to exchange vows again, and have the first dance and the speeches and all that…So do I say “wedding” or “wedding celebration” or “marriage celebration”?
This is what I invision for my invitations:
-include photo of us
-inform guests that we were married in Hawaii (do I say “Just married”??)
-that we plan to have a wedding on April 7
-Semi-formal style wording, something like “Together with their parents, bla and bla request the pleasure of your company to celebrate our recent marriage…”)
I appreciate all of your suggestions! Any suggestions for great deals on buying invitations, or helpful tips on where to start on making them, are welcome too. I’m not kidding when I say that I’m at a complete lost at where to begin.
Post # 3
If you are hosting it yourself:
The honor of your presence
is requested at
the reaffirmation of the wedding vows of
Sharon and Martin Jones
Saturday, March 25 etc.
Please join us
as we renew our wedding vows and celebrate 25 years together
Sharon and Martin Jones
Saturday, March 25 etc
Post # 4
We sent ours out and said that we tied the knot in OC, MD and
we would love to have them help celebrate our marriage back here at home on such and such date. We only had a reception, but walked in as if we had just married.
Why are you sending your invitations out so early? Or am I just not with it? LOL…..
Post # 5
@Carolyn72: Thanks, I like your ideas! I’m trying to send them out early because some of my family is out of state and out of country, so they are asking for advance notice to help plan their vacation and trip here. But I basically told them over the phone to go ahead and plan for April. Why, what is the usual time frame to send out invitations?
Post # 6
@cameronwedding: Thanks! I don’t know, it feels weird to say “reaffirmation of vows” when we just got married, no? But I suppose it makes sense because that is what we are going to be doing…
Post # 7
usually it is about 3 months prior to the wedding date, so end of Jan. or beginning of Feb would be good timing to send your invites
Post # 8
@HeatherShane: Ok, good to know! Yea, I think I can take my time, at least for those guests who are within US territory.
Post # 9
I would say “Marriage Celebration” on the invite rather than anything about the vows, 2nd wedding, etc… Maybe your officiant could say something about your wedding in Hawaii, and how everyone at home means so much to you that you wanted to have this ceremony to include them.
Post # 10
Or maybe something like:
Together with their Parents
Request your Presence
as they Renew their Marriage Vows
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Reception to Follow
Post # 11
Well, I would go about this one of two ways: Do you want to announce your marriage and then invite them to a ceremony and reception celebrating the marriage? Or does everyone know you already got married and you want it to be a hometown wedding?
If it is the first, I would say something like this:
Together with their parents
Are pleased to announce their marriage
Date when you were married
Place where you were married.
Or more traditional:
Are pleased to announce the marriage
Of their daughter
On date when you were married
Place where you were married.
And then add:
Please join us to for a ceremony and reception
To celebrate our (their) marriage.
If you assume all of your guest know you were married, I would just write the invitations like a traditional wedding and not mention the destination wedding in the invitation and instead of wedding say celebration of their marriage and mention ceremony time and reception time.
Also, if you are stressed about invitations, I would suggest using the print-yourself invitations from Target or Michaels. We recieved a beautiful letterpress invitation and I didn’t know it was from Target until I was shopping there and saw it.
Post # 12
Also, I don’t really like the wording “vow renewal”. I would raise an eyebrow if I got an invitation to one in your situation. I think “celebration of their marriage” sound much more appropriate for what you are doing.
I think “vow renewal” would make more sense if your celebration was around your 1 year anniversay. Any eairlier seems a little strange IMO.
Post # 13
Omg, thanks a ton for all your feedback, this is all very helpful. I have good ideas now!
Post # 14
Ohhh I second the recommendation to get the DIY invites from Michaels. Always check the clearance section. I constantly see boxes of 50 invitations for $14.99 or 9.99. I found invites for my rehearsal dinner for only $1.99 (for a box of 12) and they’re super cute. Usually the clearance ones are the same ones they have in their regular wedding section, but they’re customer returns (in perfect condition with all the components).
Also, if you’re going to shop at Michaels, join their free rewards program! You get coupons emailed to you weekly for 40-50% off one item or 20-25% off your total purchase. Sometimes you can use them on sale items (other times you can’t). Periodically they’ll load a surprise coupon onto your rewards card electronically for like $5 or $10 off your order, too.