Post # 1
I’m new so here’s a little introduction.
My fiance and I are Civil War Reenactors and as such we chose to have a Civil War wedding. Since it’s not a traditional wedding I am really having to be creative with my decorations and lighting has to be completely done by lamp light and candles. I’ve got those solved for the most issue between friends and reenactor buddies. We were engaged in Nov and now we’re getting married April 2nd.
There is one big issue I’m having. Invitation wording. We’re having a truce wedding that we’re putting on. (Truce means Union and Confederate soliders and civilians will be present)
It has to be formal and period appropriate. No amount of googling is helping me out. It’s getting time where I need to get invitations done and mailed out so I’m down to the wire! I have no ideas…. I don’t want the year mentioned.
Turn Back Time To 1866
A Truce Wedding Has Been Called
Your Presence is Requested
At the Marriage of
CWF & CWB
The Second Day of April
At Four’O Clock
Fernandina Beach. FL
It just doesn’t flow…
Post # 3
Love cannot be denied
We have called a truce between the Union and the CSA
to celebrate . . .
Post # 4
I like that. I’ll write that down in my book! Thanks!
Post # 5
Have you checked your local library to see if they have newspapers on microfilm that date back to the civil war? If so, perhaps there are some wedding announcements listed there that would give you an idea of how wedding wording was presented?
Or, maybe ask the historical societies that do preservation on the local forts? The might know someone in the organization who might have books containing wedding invitations or announcements.
Post # 6
I checked with the Fort. They never had weddings there except for reenactor ones. They happened to be friends who had their weddings there and did plain regular invitations for their friends. However, they had 30-40 people attending (all reenactors) and I will have 150 or more.
Local library here and there is nil. Fire destroyed everything here in Jax back in 1920’s. Nassau has nothing. I will contact the Daughters of the Confederacy. The historical preservation is done by Friends of the Fort and the Florida State Parks. We’re friends with the ranger and head guy and we’ve got free reign to do as we please for the most part.
I’m still searching but I’ll make some calls today too! Thanks!
Post # 7
@CivilWarBride: oh yeah, I forgot about the Daughters of the Confederacy!!! Definitely contact them. I have some family in the Daughters of the Confederacy and they have crazy amounts of historical stuff. I had not even thought of that, I bet they will be able to help you 😉 Neat idea for a wedding, btw!