Now that you and your spouse-to-be have decided to get married in a Catholic church, your invitations should reflect a certain level of formality to inform your guests that you wish to recognize certain aspects of the Catholic marriage tradition. Marriage is considered a sacrament in the Catholic church, and this information should be displayed in the invitation, along with the necessary details guests need to know to arrive at the special occasion on time.
Begin the Invitation
The names of the bride's parents often begin a Catholic wedding invitation. For example, the invite will start with something like, "Mr. and Mrs. William Michaelson request the honor of your presence ..." The mother's first name isn't usually mentioned, but it is acceptable to state the father's full name (first, middle and last).
Use Catholic Wording
Instead of using the word "wedding," write or type terms like, "nuptial mass" and, "sacrament of holy matrimony" for a Catholic wedding invitation. The invitation should read something like, "(Bride's parent's names) invite you to the Nuptial Mass at which their daughter, (bride's name) and (groom's name) will be united in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony." It's proper to capitalize the terms "Holy Matrimony" and "Nuptial Mass." If the wedding ceremony will not include a mass, use a term like, "... at the marriage in Christ of" on the invitatations. For example, "(bride's parents) request the honor of your presence at the marriage in Christ of their daughter (bride's name) and (groom's name)."
Bride and Groom's Names
The bride's first and middle name are included in a traditional Catholic wedding invitation. For example, "... invite you to the Nuptial Mass of their daughter, (bride's first name) (bride's middle name) ..." The title of "Mr." is placed in front of the groom's name. The groom's first and last name are required, although the invitation can also include the groom's middle name.
Other Basic Information
In addition to using proper Catholic phrasing, it's important to write or type the entire name of the Catholic church where the wedding ceremony will take place. The name of the church should be placed on the line directly under the time of the wedding and right above the city and state. As with other formal wedding invitations, it's also fitting to write out the entire date on a Catholic wedding invite, such as, "On Sunday, the twenty-fourth of June." You can also add Latin wording to the invitation to further emphasize the Catholic tradition. For instance, choose a phrase like "ubi caritas et amor Dues ibi est" for the top of bottom of the invite, which means "Where charity and love are, God is."
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