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RSVP Wording 101

By Ashlea

The response card is traditionally accompanied by the main invitation. This is to gather information for your wedding such as who can attend, the guest count, and their entree selection. The response card information is usually paired with an A1 sized envelope and a stamp for the guests to mail back their response. Couple’s have been opting out of this tradition and using the response card to indicate that their guests should response via their wedding website or provide a phone number to call and respond.

RSVP card wording 101

1. OPENING

There are several ways to phrase the opening of a response card. For example,

– The favor of your reply is requested by the Eighth of July

– Kindly reply by July 8th

– Please RSVP by the Eighth of July

2. NAMES

This is the space where the guest indicates their name. Traditionally it starts with an M________

3. ACCEPTS/REGRETS

This is where your guest lets you know if they are able to attend your big day. You can choose simple wording, such as

___ Accepts   ___ Declines

or you can get fun with it and use

___ Wouldn’t miss it for the world!  ___ Will be celebrating from afar

4. ENTREE SELECTION

If you are having a sit down meal, your caterer will most likely want to know ahead of time which entree selection each guest desires. If you are having a buffet, or your caterer does not need to know, you can leave this line off. Typically, the each guest that is replying yes will initial their choice of entree.

5. RESERVED SEATING

To limit the number of guests and avoid any confusion, a line will typically be added with the number attending. Sometimes the couple will fill this out themselves or, if their guest list is a bit lenient, let the guest write in the number attending.

___ Seats Reserved in Your Name

___ Number Attending

6. GET CREATIVE WITH IT!

Couple’s have been adding cute requests at the end of the response cards to get their guests involved in their wedding planning. The most common of them being  a song request. That way their guests have no reason not to get up on the dance floor and shake what their momma gave them!

 

Wedding Invitation Wording

By Ashlea

Wedding Invitation wording can be so daunting. What do you include? How do you say it? We have all the answers right here!

Wedding Invitations Wording

1. WHO IS HOSTING?

The invitation traditionally begins with an introduction indicating who is hosting the wedding. Which may be the brides parents, grooms parents, a combination of the bride and groom and their families or the couple themselves.

Formal:

Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter

Non-Tradtional:

Request the pleasure of your company

One set of parents:

Mr. and Mrs. James Ford
Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter

 

Both sets of parents:

Mr. and Mrs. James Ford
along with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bradbury
Cordially invite you to attend the marriage of their children

Divorced Parents:

Ms. Taylor Ford Guessler
Mr. James Ford
Request the presence at the marriage of their daughter

 

Couple + Family/ Bride + Groom:

Together With Their Families

Anna and Alexander
invite you to share with them
in the joy of their wedding

Anna and Alexander
Request the pleasure of your company

2. BRIDE AND GROOMS NAMES

The Bride and Grooms name will appear after the introduction and is usually larger in type. There are several ways to write out your names. If it’s a formal invitation and/or both set of parents are hosting, then the Bride and Groom with have their first and middle names with no last name. If the couple is hosting, then both first and last names are used – middle name is totally optional.

3. THE DETAILS

The month, day, year and time are all included in the details as well as the location. Traditionally, everything from the month to the time is spelled out.

Saturday, August Eighth, Two Thousand Fifteen
Six O’Clock in the Evening

Belhurst Castle
4069 W Lake Rd – Geneva, New York

4. RECEPTION INFORMATION

The last line of the wedding invitations indicates what is to follow the ceremony. To keep things short and sweet, couples tend to add “Dinner and Dancing to follow”. If the reception is at a different place, a small or large enclosure is used for all of the additional information.

 

Be sure to keep a look out for upcoming posts on Response Card wording!

What’s in a Wedding Invitation?

By Ashlea

The hardest part of wedding invitations, once you found the perfect design, is what pieces to the invitation you need to include. There are several options to choose from, depending on how traditional or non-traditional you want to go. Here at Shine Wedding Invitations, we offer all of our pieces a la carte letting you completely customize your wedding stationery suite!

Elegant mint wedding invitations

Paper

We have three options for paper, all of which are professionally printed using a high quality commercial press that results in bold saturated colors and rich text.

Our most popular choice for paper is our Signature Shimmer. It is a 137lb heavyweight card stock with a white base and a subtle shimmer finish – it truly is very elegant. Our Signature Shimmer also comes in Ivory, upon request, and has the same subtle shimmer finish but with a gorgeous ivory tone.

We also offer our Luxe Matte paper. It is 130lb upscale heavyweight card stock with a lush, matte, uncoated finish.

Invitation

The invitation is the main part of the wedding stationery suite and is printed on your choice of signature shimmer or luxe matte paper. The invitation includes the wording to your ceremony – time, date, location, etc. Wording is fully customizable based on your preference!

Simple and Elegant Wedding Invitation

Response Cards 

Traditionally, the response card is the card in which the guest fills out and mails back letting you know if they can make it or not. This usually includes their meal of choice (if you are having a sit down dinner) and how many guests (if any) they are bringing. You can also get creative with this as to the wording you choose for Accepts and Regrets, but we will touch more on that later!

Elegant RSVP card

Many couples are choosing to use this card without an envelope and having the guests RSVP through their website which they add to the response cards.

 

Small Enclosure 

Our small enclosure is recommended as a reception card if your reception is at a different venue than the ceremony. The venue names, address, and starting time will go onto this piece. The small enclosure is best used for any small amount of information that is traditionally not on the main wedding invitation.

Reception Card with gorgeous script font

There are several other options to use a small enclosure card:

– Reception Card

– Registry Information

– Wishing Well

– Wedding Website Information

– Morning After Brunch

– Rehearsal Dinner

– Day After Plans

The possibilities are endless and wording is fully customizable!

Large Enclosure

Our large enclosures are recommended for anything that will have a detailed amount of information, such as accommodations, travel, additional information, or directions.

Accommodations, Travel, Directions card

Our large enclosures can also be used for any of information for the small enclosure above if you have a decent amount of information.

Envelopes

Our invitations comes standard with our A7 white signature shimmer or luxe matte envelopes. We also offer inner(A7)/outer(A8) envelopes as well. For inner and outer envelopes, the invitation is stuffed in the inner envelope with an informal mention of exactly who is invited while the outer A8 envelope is reserved for the guests formal name and address. Using outer envelopes is the most traditional form; however, most couples are opting out and just using standard A7 envelopes.

Guest Addressing and Return Addressing 

We offer guest addressing and return addressing for each of our invitation and response envelopes. Just provide us with your guests names and addresses and we will do all the work for you! However, if guest addressing isn’t in your budget, any ball point pen will work as well as any permanent marker style art pen. We recommend practicing with any pen before addressing any envelopes, just to make sure it is what you are looking for.

Guest Addressing and Return Addressing on A7 Standard Envelopes

For guest addressing, the names and addresses will be printed on the front with fonts to match your suite, in black ink. Return addressing is printed on the back flap of the envelopes in fonts to match your design as well. Our response card envelopes are standard A1 and we offer return addressing as well, which is printed on the front of the envelope.

Response card envelope A1

Envelope Liners 

If you are looking for a pop of color, we recommend our DIY envelope liners. They come fully customizable in any color combination or pattern in our Shine color chart! Our envelope liners come with tape strips and instructions and are easy to assemble! It is a great way to add a bit of whimsy or sophistication to your wedding invitation suite.

Mint scalloped envelope liner

Wrappers

Belly Band Wrapper

Also known as belly bands, wrappers are another way to add a pop of color to your invitation suite. They are also a great way to keep all of the components of the suite together while adding a nice touch with either your monogram, wedding date, names, or just a pop of color! Our wrappers are also DIY and come with glue dots and instructions for easy assembly.

1940s elegant mint wedding invitations with scallops

Remember that all of these pieces in the wedding stationery suite are a la carte and completely wording and color customizable. If you are ready to place an order or would like to know prices, head over to our website, Shine Wedding Invitations and get started!

If you have any additional questions please feel free to leave a comment below or email us at hello@shineweddinginvitations.com!

what's in a wedding invitation?

Top 10 Most Loved Wedding Invitations from Shine

By Ashlea

Top 10 most popular wedding invitations Trying to find the perfect wedding invitation? We are here to help! We complied a list of our most popular wedding invitation designs to make wedding planning just a bit easier!

There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from and each and every one is totally color customizable! It was hard to choose just ten, but without further ado, here are our top 10 most loved wedding invitations designs for 2015!

1. 1940s Wedding Invitations

Vintage wedding invitations in mint

The classic script font on our 1940s wedding invitations create a classy and retro look on these elegant and traditional wedding invitations. Between the mint wrapper, scallop envelope liner, and timeless script font used for the text, this invite has just the right amount of classic design elements to create an elegant look. The wedding invitation design is so simple and classic, it is sure to stand the test of time. Customize your 1940s wedding invitations with a pop of color with our envelope liners and belly bands.

2. Modern Initials Wedding Invitations

Modern wedding invitations in mint and gray

Our Modern Initials wedding invitations are the perfect amount of modern flair while keeping a vintage and romantic feel with soft mint and gray. We adore the way the alternating colors are layered on each enclosures borders to create a beautiful effect! These Modern Initials wedding invitations create a soft modern look, complete with a contemporary monogram!  This particular design looks amazing in several colors, perfect for your unique day!

3. Flowing Script Wedding Invitations

Mint calligraphy wedding invitations

For an elegant and chic wedding invitation, look no further than our Flowing Script wedding invitations. Our Flowing Script wedding invitation design is absolutely stunning! Complete with gothic typefaces and a hand-writing inspired calligraphy font, these gorgeous Flowing Script wedding invitations feature typography that will stay classic for years to come, yet still have a modern, whimsical feel.

4. Script Elegance Wedding Invitations

Elegant script wedding invitations

Our Script Elegance wedding invitations are the most classic of them all! Featuring a gorgeous flowing script to highlight the couples name with just the right amount of modern flair. We paired our Script Elegance wedding invitation design with a sans serif type used in the body copy to create a clean, simple look. These wedding invitations are absolutely perfect! Soft jade is the perfect color to keep these classic invitations timeless with a vintage touch.

5. Urban Glamour Wedding Invitations 

Black and White Striped glam wedding invitations

Looking to make a bold statement at your upscale city wedding? Look no further than our new Urban Glamour Wedding Invitation design! These glamorous black and white wedding invitations have an urban feel that will be perfect for your big day. Complete the statement look with a bold striped envelope liner! For a more softer look, add a blush envelope liner or even change the text to our pewter color!

6. Vintage Romance Wedding Invitations

Vintage Romance Navy Striped Classic Elegant Wedding Invitations

Our Vintage Romance wedding invitations are perfect for your Gatsby themed day! A unique and romantic large script font forms the bride and grooms names on these vintage inspired wedding invitations. Add a pop of color by adding a color to your large script names or keep it simple and add a blush or soft jade envelope liner in one of our many patterns! The possibilities are endless with a wedding invitation as gorgeous as this one!

7. Modern Circle Logo Wedding Invitations

Coral ombre wedding invitations with circle logo

A unique script is paired with a classic block font to create a timeless invitation design. The Modern Circle Logo wedding invitation design features  a contemporary circular logo that is used throughout the suite to tie all the pieces together and create a brand for the bride and groom’s big day! Using similar colors and alternating the borders on the wedding invitation, response card, and additional enclosures give this Modern Circle Logo wedding invitation design a pretty ombre effect.

8. Vintage Glam Wedding Invitations

Vintage wedding invitations

Our Vintage Glam wedding invitations are perfect for a simple, elegant, modern affair, or even a vintage inspired event! The vintage, retro-inspired script font and mix of gothic and modern typefaces, create a style that is both contemporary and a bit retro, all while staying classic and timeless!

9. Romantic Script Wedding Invitations

romantic calligraphy wedding invitations in blush

Equal parts romance and whimsy, these romantic blush wedding invitations are a gorgeous combination that we absolutely adore! The elegant, yet whimsical handwritten calligraphy font is truly the highlight of these Romantic script wedding invitations. Perfect for a garden wedding or an elegant fete, these Romantic Script wedding invites will surely make an elegant impression while still being playful.

10. Antique Vintage

vintage wedding invitations with navy stripes

These gorgeous Antique Vintage wedding invitations feature an antique engraver’s block font to create an a vintage, classic feel while still being modern and contemporary.  A beautiful script font is used for the Bride and Groom’s names on our Antique Vintage wedding invitations making these perfect for a classic and timeless wedding!

Be sure to check out our website, Shine Wedding Invitations, for more wedding invitation designs! Let us know your favorites in the comments below!