Whether this is your second marriage or you simply waited until you are older to settle down, you may be looking for a less formal way of inviting prospective guests to your wedding. Even if you plan on having an informal or casual wedding ceremony and reception, it is still a nice formality to send out invitations that contain standard information. However, you can word your invitations in an informal way to set the tone of your wedding.
It is customary to name the individual(s) who is hosting the wedding at the top of the invitation, such as the bride's parents. An older couple might be making the wedding themselves. If this is the case, the couple's names should be mentioned at the top of the wedding invitation. For an informal tone, you can say "Robert Grover and Anne Hills..." as opposed to writing "Mr. Robert Grover and Ms. Anne Hills," which is more formal.
The official wedding invitation statement follows the names. This announcement can range from very formal to simple and casual. An older couple who wants to keep the invitation informal should not write "We request the honor of your presence...," which is a popular phrase, but is considered very formal. Instead, some informal phrases include "Join us as we exchange wedding vows," "Join us at the celebration of our marriage" or simply "We're getting married!"
The details of the wedding must follow the announcement. The date, time and location of the wedding should be provided for guests. However, an older couple who wishes to keep the invitation casual may not want to spell everything out formally. For instance, a formal wedding invitation would say, "Saturday, the eighth of October, two thousand and eleven at half-past five o'clock." Informal wording is "Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at 5:30pm." Both ways get the point across to prospective guests, but the latter lets invitees know that the occasion is more casual.
A little more information is necessary at the bottom of the invitation, such as what guests can expect following the wedding. An older couple may not be hosting a full-scale reception party after the ceremony, but would like invitees to know that they are welcome to stay for appetizers and cake at the ceremony site. Whatever the plan is, some mention of it should follow the details of the wedding at the bottom. To get this message across informally, the couple can word it, "Please stay for appetizers and cake afterward."
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