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Get Me to the Church on Time! How to Word a Wedding Invitation at a House of Worship

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By George she’s got it!


Audrey Hepburn’s Eliza Doolittle, in the 1964 Hollywood musical classic, My Fair Lady, which won Best Picture of the Year, finally got it! What she got was an impeccable, upper-class, English gentry accent as well as she blossomed into an beguiling beauty, with grace and style that still influences us today.

Reports from runways of the 2011 NYC-Milan-Paris fall fashion shows, bespeak of an inherent Audrey Hepburn style that captures what we will wear this fall, and reflect a bigger-than-life an American icon.

What else has she, Eliza Doolittle, got? Her man! Professor Henry Higgins, Rex Harrison, a strikingly handsome, yet apparently hopeless confirmed bachelor. However, this wonderful love story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, takes us on a roller-coaster romance ride with many charming Edwardian stops along the way: Ascot Racecourse, an embassy ball, Covent Garden, and a bachelor party bar room send-off celebration with the famous groom-to-be-tune: I’m Getting Married in the Morning.

I’m getting married in the morning!

Ding Dong! The bells are gonna chime.

Pull out the stopper!

Let’s have a whopper!

But Get me to the church on time!

As Audrey Hepburn’s Eliza learned the finer points of upper-class London speech, social graces, and a dazzling fashion sense at the side of Professor Higgins; today, you will get a quick primer on how to word a wedding invitation to be held at a House of Worship, a Protestant, or Roman Catholic church.

This, and other specific wording for a wedding invitation, is taken from the pages from my book, The Write Stuff: A Modern Guide to Personal Stationery & Weddings.

The traditional elements of wording a wedding invitation are essentially the same; however, a wedding held in a church has very specific wording. In bold, several nuances that the casual bride may overlook.

Protestant wedding invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. James David Cunningham

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Courtney Elizabeth

to

Mr. James Daniel Butler

Friday, the twenty-second of June

Two thousand and twelve

at eight o’clock

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Houston, Texas

Roman Catholic Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. James David Cunningham

request the honour of your presence

at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter

Courtney Elizabeth

to

Mr. James Daniel Butler

Friday, the twenty-second of June

Two thousand and twelve

at eight o’clock

St. Michael Catholic Church

Houston, Texas

One more word: if the wedding held is at a venue, other than a church, such as a hotel, restaurant, beach, or garden, then the second line of the invitation would read:

requests the pleasure of your company

Of course, you need to filled-in your correct information using this basic format.

There are many variations of wording for a wedding invitation, which call for specific wording.  Over the next few weeks I will cover number of them.

Coming up in my next blog? Another wording for a wedding invitation for a ceremony held in a House of worship: two different wordings for a Jewish wedding.

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