Yesterday, we crossed another major thing off of our list — the wedding invitations. The process was a little daunting, and we had some laughs seeing some of the invitations other couples had used.
While flipping through several big books of invitations, both Daphne and I wondered aloud if we were looking at real invitations from real people or if they were just fake ones created by the company. The woman who was helping us assured us they were all real.
The reason we asked is because we found it hard to believe someone would actually send out a wedding invitation that showed a photo of two people with lamp shades on their heads. The other thing that seemed crazy was some of the over the top wording some couples used.
Since we both write for a living, we have a low tolerance for using three words when one will do.
So after we picked out the invitation, the font, and ink color, we went over the wording very carefully, just like we do when we are self editing our stories for the newspaper.
For example, “the favour of your reply is requested on or before…” became “Kindly reply by…”
Less words, gets to the point faster, and doesn’t have that weird spelling of favor.
And we chose a simple, but elegant opening for the invitation: “Together with their families…”
To read the rest, keep an eye on your mailbox in September.