(Closed) Wedding invite only

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 5
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well technically you don’t have to and you know your audience. You know the vibe your going for with the wedding so go for it. 

Post # 6
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1686 posts
Bumble bee

@bitaliano:  The traditional method is to word your invitation as a general invitation to the event where everyone is included, and include a card for the exclusive event inserted into the invitation of only those guests who are invited to the exclusive event. Traditionally it was quite common for church weddings to have everyone in the community present for the wedding ceremony, and have a “reception card” for the smaller number of people invited to the reception. Modern reception cards are a leftover anachronism, unnecessary in most cases because the reception information could more properly be placed on the invitation since everyone is invited to both.

In your case you follow exactly the same practice but the main invitation is to the reception. You use the “pleasure of the company of”  wording instead of “honour of the presence”, because the invitation is to a party not a church service. And the “to” line reads “to the wedding reception for…” rather than “to the marriage of…” All the other normal information: the hosts’ names, your names, the time and location of the reception, go on this wedding reception invitation.

Then, on a separate card, you have engraved only:

Ceremony
Saturday the eighth of September
at two o’clock
Saint Mary’s Church”

This “ceremony card” is then placed on top of the reception invitation and the two are slipped into the inner envelope together. You could also write “Within the Ribbons” instead of “Ceremony”, which means the same thing but is more traditional and wedding-y, except for the fact that almost no-one nowadays knows that so it would probably just confuse your guests.

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