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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

When you walk down the aisle, we want you to be in style…but it’s also important to be in proper etiquette as well!  We’ve had a few questions from brides lately, and I though I’d share, because if one person wants to know, odds are that there’s plenty of others who want to know, too!

Honor vs. Honour – A bride inquired today about the misspelling of the word “honour” on one of our formal wedding invitations, but in actuality it isn’t a typo at all!  The word “honor” can be spelled this way or with the -our and it is correct.  “Honour” is actually the British form of the word, and you’ll mostly see it printed on formal wedding invitations, as opposed to a casual wedding invitation.  If you choose to use the “honour” form of the word, be sure to follow suit with your response card and instead of putting “favor” you would want to use “favour”.  Whatever you decide, just always be consistent.  If you think “honour” looks funny to you, feel free to use our American version of the word – both are correct.

Writing the Year on Reply Cards – When you are writing your wedding invitation, you’ll likely include the year on the invitation.  In doing this, you actually do not need to put the year on your reply cards or reception set, as the year is implied from your wedding invitation.  It can also seem a bit redundant and unnecessary when you think about it.  Just simply write the date that you would like guests to reply, and again, be consistent in writing the form of the date to coincide with what you wrote on your wedding invitation.   Many times we see a wedding invitation with “Saturday, the seventeenth of March” and then the reply card with “Please reply by March 1st”.  Keep it consistent and if you write the date out on your invitation, write “Please reply by the first of March” so that everything matches.  One date screams formal and the other informal, so take note of that.

Font Selections – Multiples? – The most traditional wedding invitations had your invitation details in a formal black script font.  However, with modern times, this has evolved and it is now acceptable to use alternate ink colors, as well as multiple ink colors on one invitation.  Many couples have decided to use a combination of fonts for their wedding invitation details, most commonly with a block font for the majority of the invitation wording, and a script font for the bride and groom’s names.  It elegantly brings the attention of your guest to the bride and groom’s names and truly makes for a gorgeous contemporary invitation.

Keep the etiquette questions coming!  We love answering them and researching them if you’ve stumped us on a rule we are unfamiliar with!