Invitations and Caligraphy

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Invitations or supplies should be ordered at least 3 months before the wedding date. It is wise to order at least 10 extra invitations for unexpected additions to your guest list and keepsakes.

Sources for wedding invitations Prices and quality will vary widely; generally, the lower priced options will be made from a less substantial, thinner paper and use a generic factory-made design. Samples should be ordered well in advance to check paper thickness and color, avoid cheap flimsy papers.

Under $1 to $2 each The internet is a great way to research options for invitations. Specific keywords such as "wedding invitations with calla lilies" or "chocolate brown wedding invitations" will produce better results.

$3-7 each Search online for "custom printed wedding invitations" and "unique wedding invitations". Local print shops also offer invitations, printed using lithography (flat ink) or thermography which offers economical raised lettering, although it is not as crisp as genuine engraving.

$8 each and up A local graphic designer or engraver can provide high end custom invitations. Engraving is a method of imprinting artwork onto heavyweight paper using a copper plate to produce a fine line and raised matte lettering; the impression is also visible from the back.

Enclosure options Reception Card If the reception is held at a different location from the ceremony, a separate card is ordinarily enclosed giving the location and time of the reception.

Reply Card Reply cards simply ask your guest to check whether or not they can attend and include a stamped and self-addressed envelope or postcard for them to return. Response cards might also include a selection of entrees for the reception, allowing guests to indicate their preferences.

Two envelopes/tissue: A second envelope is not necessary and today more brides are opting to forego using one. Tissues are unnecessary, but may be useful in protecting the envelope if you are using a hard embellishment such as charm or decorative brad.

Wedding Invitation Wording Proper traditional etiquette dictates that the phrase "the honour of your presence" is to be reserved for weddings held in houses of worship, while "the pleasure of your company" is used for weddings in other locations. Here are some examples of typical formats:

Hosted by bride and groom: Emma Margaret Johnson and Jack Warren Smith request the pleasure of your company in celebrating their union of marriage…

Hosted by bride's family: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Johnson invite you to join them in a celebration of love as their daughter, Emma Margaret is united in marriage to Mr. Jack Warren Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith...

Hosted by bride, groom and both families: Emma Margaret Johnson and Jack Warren Smith together with their parents (names of parents can be included here) invite you to join them in celebrating their marriage...

Hosted by bride's and groom's families: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith request the honour of your presence to witness the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony uniting their children, Emma Margaret and Jack Warren...

Hosted by groom's family: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith request the honour of your presence at the marriage of Emma Margaret Johnson to their son, Jack Warren Smith...

Wedding hosted by divorced parents: Mrs. Audrey Jones and Mr. Kevin Johnson invite you to join them in a celebration of love as their daughter, Emma Margaret is united in marriage to Mr. Jack Warren Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith...

When one parent is deceased: Emma Margaret Johnson daughter of Audrey Johnson and the late Kevin Johnson and Jack Warren Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith invite you to join them in celebrating their marriage...

…on Saturday, the fourth of June two thousand and ten at five o’clock in the evening St. Michael's Church Orland Park, Illinois

Wedding Announcements Wedding announcements usually echo the style and format of the invitation, with the substitution of words such as "are pleased to announce" the wedding . They are mailed on the day of the ceremony.

Assembling and Addressing Wedding Invitations If two envelopes are being used, the smaller inner envelope is addressed with only the guest(s) name, such as "Mr. and Mrs. Grant Thompson" "Miss Johnson and Guest". The outer envelope is addressed with the guest’s full name and address. Avoid using abbreviations for streets and cities. Before stamping, bring a sample of the completed invitation to the post office to determine the correct postage.

When assembling your invitations, the reply card with stamped envelope or reply postcard should be on top, then the reception card, then the invitation. If two envelopes are used, all of the enclosures are placed in the inner envelope face up. The inner envelope is placed (unsealed) in the outer envelope, with the flap facing back so that your guest sees his or her name upon opening.

Bring your sealed and stamped invitations to the post office and send them on their way.

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