Post # 1
Is it important to say ‘request the pleasure of your company’ or can I get away with writing ‘request the company of (names)’?
I’m doing message in a bottle invitations so they’re thin with not that much room… I’ve done them to say ‘request the company of’ and then a line with names on, but does that sound a little rude considering most people have ‘pleasure’ in there somewhere?
I wanted to specify names on the invitation so there is no misunderstandings about exactly who is invited.
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I think you can do anything you want! i wouldn’t worry too much about the wording. I’ve seen lots of different options for wording invites.
Post # 4
There’s no right or wrong way to word your invitations these days. I said “honor of your presence” on mine. I’ve seen invitations that are as informal as “We’re getting married! Come celebrate with us!”
Normally the people addressed in the “inner envelope” are the people invited, but I guess in your case that would be the bottle. What if your invitations said something like this:
2 seats have been reserved for Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Names of guests accepting ______
Names of guests declining ______
Then there can’t be any confusion about who’s invited, and there won’t be any confusion to you about who’s coming.
Post # 5
We said “honor of your presence” too but I think you can go with whatever you feel is right. We went traditional because of my parents.
Post # 6
This form of wording with the names of the guests on a “write-in” line is even more formal and traditional than the inner-envelope system. Addressing your guests by name is so much more personal than that engraved “your” that it more than makes up for the missing “pleasure of” flourish — which isn’t necessary anyway. I think the message-in-a-bottle idea is a bit cute, but the wording you are proposing is delightfully proper.