Welcome back to Engagement Week at Rock Paper Scissors! All week long we've been sharing tips and advice surrounding engagements right here on the blog, and are posting wedding and engagement inspiration on Pinterest as well.Today is all about wedding invitations - in particular, our guide to wording etiquette.So you've found an invitation suite that you love - now it's time to make sure it's worded it correctly! There are 6 parts to traditional invitation wording: the hosts, the request, bride & groom, date & time, location, and ending. While there's room for creativity throughout the wedding and invitation process, it's important to know proper etiquette - that way you can know what rules (if any) that you want to break. Let's take a look at each traditional invitation wording component:
- Married: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
- Divorced: Mrs. Jane Smith and Mr. John Smith
- Divorced and Remarried: Mother of the bride is written first
- Parent has passed: Mr. John Smith and the late Jane Smith
- There are a variety a more unique host options as well: "Together with their families" (Bride Name & Groom Name) invite you to john them… Or if the Bride & Groom are hosting, "Together with our families, (Bride Name & Groom Name) invite you to join us…
2. The Request
- If it's a church ceremony, use: "Request the honor of your presence"
- If you're hosting a secular ceremony, feel free to use: "The pleasure of your company" or "invite you to join us as we celebrate" or other less traditional options.
- Bride is listed first with only first & middle name. If the bride does not share a last name with parents, the last name is also included.
- The groom is listed second, addressed as Mr. (or Dr., etc.) with first, middle & last name included.
- You may leave out middle names of both bride and groom, if desired.
- Having a same sex wedding? There's no rule in this case for which name comes first, but when in doubt, alphabetical order (of the last name) is always a safe bet.
- It is traditional to spell out the day, date, and year, with the day and month capitalized
- Do not write "and" in the year - for example, two thousand fifteen, not two thousand and fifteen
- Only the name of the venue (s) are typically written on the invitation
- Street addresses are suggested to be written on a card with directions, and additional information card, or your wedding website.
6. Ending The ending of your invitation will depend on what's planned, but the following are great options:
- Reception to follow
- Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing to follow
- Feast & Merriment to follow
Love what you see in the invitation wording samples above? Each photo is from a real couple who chose Rock Paper Scissors as their wedding invitation destination! We loved working with each of them, and we'd love to help your wedding invitation dreams come true.
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On this, the second day of Engagement Week at Rock Paper Scissors, we're swooning over the latest hand-lettered masterpiece by Kristen Drozdowski. Kristen (or Kdroz, for short) is the in-house graphic designer at RPS. In addition to designing an array of awesome Michigan themed T-shirts, prints, and glassware for RPS (as well as her adorable card line), Kristen creates many of the special details behind some of our favorite RPS custom invitation suites. This week, we put her lettering skills to work on the chalkboard near the rear of the store, where a variety of our wedding invitations and save the dates are on display. In addition to the gorgeous lettering, we're loving the adorable swiss dot details throughout the signage (as well as those cute olive branches). Visitors often ask how they can learn more about invitations from RPS, so this section of the sign will certainly come in handy. Did you know that the average couple spends $1,000 on wedding invitations? Or that more than 300 lovely, wonderful couples have chosen Rock Paper Scissors as their invitation destination? Or how about that we work with 40+ amazing designers? Well now you know, via the signage below! Get ready to build your perfect suite! RPS offers a variety of invitation options, including what we've deemed "the bare necessities," options to get decorative (envelope liners, calligraphy, and twine, oh my!), and additional information ideas. Ta da! We're totally in love with the final product - chock full of fun facts, information on printing styles and pricing, design options, and more: Want to learn more about RPS weddings? Visit our website, check out our wedding features on the blog, and/or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Festivities to follow! Inspired by all things hand lettering? Get your fix by checking out our Pinterest board "Handwritten & Letter Love." More into the design process in general? Then be sure to peek at "Design & Inspiration" as well! All week long, we'll be posting about all things engagement. Newly engaged? Congrats! Check out yesterday's post on planning your invitation timeline, stop back tomorrow for a roundup of our favorite engagement cards, and as always, find wedding and engagement inspiration on our Pinterest board "Weddings, Engagement, & Invitations."
Before we head to the airport for NSS in NYC, we wanted to share some more of our favorite mailers! Chickity check out how much energy and detail went into these pieces! We truly appreciate them and are so excited to see these booths and artists in person! 1) Power & Light Press. We love a good peep show, especially if it involves letterpress! 2) Moglea. The patterns, the paper flower, the gold foil, our love for the thick museum board they print on, we can't get to Booth #2046 quick enough! 3) Smock & Bella Figura. Two of our favorite wedding invitation brands took our breath away with the gold foil, the blind press, and the patterns! We're in love. 4) 9th Letterpress. You guys, they have a PINEAPPLE wax seal. They pressed gold on dark paper. They provided us their favorite places to check out in the city. They gave us a coffee sleeve for a cup o' coffee. Can't wait to catch up and see what's new with these lovely ladies! 5) Oh Hello Friend. Oh Hello Friend is new to us, but their mailer definitely got us excited to get to know them better! We're loving the vellum envelope, the fun tags , the awesome temporary tattoo (be awesome today? heck yes!), but our hearts skipped a beat when we saw the show notepad to help us organize our NSS trip! Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who sent us some truly awesome mail over the past few weeks. For those we've known for a while, we can't wait to catch up and see your new releases - and for the new faces in the crowd, we're delighted that we'll be meeting you soon! If you love paper as much as we do at RPS, follow along with the NSS fun by following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where we'll be sharing photos and asking opinions on new trends and soliciting advice on what we should add to the inventory at Rock Paper Scissors. (And be sure to visit the blog to see our favorites of the day!)
Guys. We LOVE Michigan. I'm not talking about the boys in the maize and blue winged helmets that take the field on Saturdays, (although many of us LOVE them, too). I'm talkin' about our great state. The Great Lakes State. The Wolverine State. The Mitten State. A place where residents are referred to as Michiganders & Michigangsters. Where cities are called The Apple Capital, Tree Town, Motown, Rock City, Mackinawesome. We're absolutely smitten with our Mitten, and get crazily excited when we meet wedding clients that want to share their excitement for the great state of Michigan in their invitation suite. Meet Nick and Amy. This couple was so fun to work with. From the get-go they loved the idea of including the state of Michigan in their suite. From the return address on the envelope, the invitation itself, to the RSVP postcard & website card , the Great Lakes State was the star! Check out their fun grey & yellow Rock Paper Scissors CUSTOM Michigan invitation suite below. [caption id="attachment_146" align="alignnone" width="880"] Thanks for letting us help you share your Michigan love, Amy & Nick![/caption] The invitation suite was flat printed on double thick stock and we couldn't get enough of those adorable two-sided RSVP postcards. So friends, if you're getting hitched or planning a wedding shower, head over to the website: www.rockpaperscissorsshop.com/weddings , to learn more about our wedding invitations and the services we offer at Rock Paper Scissors! We'd LOVE to be able to help you celebrate your big day with our favorite things, beautiful paper and details!