Post # 1
Not sure if this was the right place to post this. I am using “the google” for ideas, but I know a lot of you ladies have done this so I could use some help.
Hubby and I got married in a small, private ceremony and are having a larger wedding celebration to include our family and friends. Our closest friends and family know we are married, but not everyone that is invited does. We’re not trying to keep it a secret or anything; that’s just added information in case it matters.
I am trying to come up with the wording for the the invitation. We’ll have a vow exchange followed by a brunch buffet. Any suggestions for ways to word it? I was thinking:
MsCotton and MsCotton’sDH request the honour of your presence at their marriage (wedding?) celebration
Sunday, Oct. 30th…
Brunch reception immediately following the ceremony.
It just sounds so BLAH! I’ll take any help I can get!
Post # 3
I guess as a guest, I would be confused why you were exchanging vows again. That’s probably why the wording is tough. Why don’t you just have a brunch celebration?
Post # 4
@babylou: Thanks for your reply. I see your perspective. In our case, the guests who know we are married (close friends and family) are very much in favor of us exchanging vows again. For them, this IS the wedding. They realize we are married, but they want to have both the experience of watching us share vows and have the chance to have the party after. I know this because I have talked about it with several of them. So there’s no confusion as to what we want to do and why. The word marriage vs. wedding is a minute detail. I just want to get the general format right ant not be too vanilla either.
Post # 5
PS – I know there are similar threads to this already and I am trying to search for them. Feel free to just point me at those if you remember any!
Post # 6
My husband is a pastor, and I just asked him about some specific wording since you are already married, but your marriage took place so recently. Since using the words “vow renewal” would make it sound as if you’ve been married for a much longer time, he suggests: “… request the honour of your presence at a celebration of our marriage vows …” I hope this helps!
Post # 7
“Request the honour” is VERY formal, and probably shouldn’t be used for a ceremony that includes a brunch reception… unless, of course, it is a very formal affair.
MsCotton and MsCotton’s Darling Husband
request the pleasure of your company
as they celebrate their marriage
and reaffirm their vows
Sunday, October 30
at 11 o’clock in the morning
Brunch reception immediately following ceremony
Post # 8
@Loribeth: I like this. I would ensure that word gets out you are already legally married. The wording LoriBeth came up with I think works beautifully as it does indicate you have already legally married but are celebrating this and also wish to reaffirm your vows in front of your family and friends. Failing to indicate you are already legally married could result in hurt feelings from guests who may feel like they were duped.