Westlake Village, California
Wording on Formal Wedding Invitations (cont'd)
Requesting the guests to attend the wedding is written according to the type of ceremony and location of ceremony. A wedding ceremony held at a place of worship (or elsewhere, and it is a religious ceremony), use the religious ceremony wording below. Weddings held at a location other than a house of worship and all civil ceremonies use the civil ceremony wording below. Honour is spelled with a "u" or not, but if used, it should be consistent with other wording such as "favour" of a reply.
request the honour of your presence
request the pleasure of your company
What Type of Event
This identifies the social occasion and who it is for.
at the marriage of ...
Who is the Bride?
When parents issue the invitations, the bride does not use her last name or title. First and
middle names are used. If the last names are different, then the bride does use her last name. For second marriage, bride uses her present name. If divorced, a bride uses her first, maiden, and married name or maiden name if she resumed using it. She does not use a title. A title may be used when the bride and groom are issuing their own invitations. A widowed bride uses her present married name and does include her title when issuing an invitation.
Bride and Groom Joining Word
Use "to" between the bride and groom names for the traditional wording to a ceremony when parents are issuing the invitations. Other invitation wordings sometimes use "and", such as when the bride and groom are issuing their own invitations.
Who is the Groom?
Grooms use their full names with their title on formal invitations. Junior is abbreviated with capital J or spelled out with lower case j and both include a preceding comma. Grooms names with "II" or "III" can use comma or not.
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