(Closed) I’m uncomfortable leaving punctuation out of my invitations! Help.

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: to punctuate or not to punctuate
    Yes, use the comma and period! : (8 votes)
    40 %
    Do not use punctuation! : (12 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 3
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I am a huge grammar stickler for formal situations, so I would go with the punctuation, although I might suggest a colon ( : ) instead of a period right before your names.

    Either way, I don’t think the majority of guests will notice, so don’t fret too much 🙂

    Post # 5
    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t think the coma is required for correct punctuation (one of those that can be put in or left our and still be correct) so I would definitely leave that out.

    I think you should leave the period out too. Maybe you can reformat and have it say:

    Together with their families
    invite you to share in the
    celebration of their marriage

    Post # 7
    235 posts
    Helper bee

    I only used the comma after the “Saturday, the twenty-third of October” but think it would be OK after families if it really bothers you.

    I wouldn’t use the period after marriage if your names will be on the individual lines below..

    Post # 8
    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    yes, I would still leave out the period with your original wording.

    Post # 10
    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’m a punctuation geek, too, but I’m also a graphic designer, and tend to leave it out if it looks better. 🙂

    I think, since you’re breaking the text where the punctuation would go, that almost serves the same purpose. As long as your meaning is clear, I think you can safely leave it out.

    Post # 11
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Self-professed grammar geek here! So geeky, in fact, that I once convinced my boss to send me to a writing conference (my job does have a strong writing component, it was completely irrelevant or anything) just so I could attend a session on commas.

    Having said that, the comma about which you are concerned is optional and I think it looks better to omit it.

    Post # 12
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Do whatever you want. This is SO not worth stressing about.

    Post # 13
    272 posts
    Helper bee

    It is a little clunky, but it’s not because of the punctuation – rather, it’s because you’re switching perspectives half-way through (from third person to first and back again).  Formal invitations (those in the third person, like yours) should read like one fluid sentence.  What about:

    Together with our families, we

    My Name

    His Name

    invite you to share in the

    celebration of our marriage

    on XYZ date etc.

    Post # 14
    516 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    No one will even notice, I’m sure!

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