Many find it challenging to pen the perfect words inviting guests to life’s most special events, but it doesn’t have to be. With a bit of guidance anyone can write the perfect invitation wording for formal occasions, whether yours is a wedding, an anniversary, a graduation or any other event.
Determine who is sending the invitations
One of the first things you have to consider is who the invitations are coming from. Wedding guests, for example, might be invited to attend the wedding by either the bride and groom or their parents: Who the invitation is coming from largely dictates how your invitation wording will be arranged.
Understand why your guests are being invited
What, specifically, qualifies guests to be invited to your special occasion? Knowing this can help you create formal invitations that go beyond simple invites and give a meaningful reason for guests to attend. Using our wedding example, you might want to invite people who have shared laughter and love with you throughout the years. You can work a similar phrase into your wedding invitation.
Know the details
Paramount to any invitation, formal or otherwise, are details such as date, time, location and any special instructions you might have. Formal invitation wording doesn’t have to be wordy or even necessarily poetic; but it has to make it clear what your guests are invited to and where and when they should attend.
Pair invitation wording with appropriate fonts
Your font can help your wording appear formal, even if it is generally generic invitation wording that would work on both traditional and contemporary invitation cards. A calligraphic font is often employed, and probably works best in most cases.
Pair invitation wording with formal paper and printing
Another way to make your invitation wording pop is to print your invitations on premium paper, which lends a formal and prestigious air to your invitations. Super-thick 16-point gloss cover stock or 13-point recycled matte cover stock are excellent choices.
Formal wedding invitation wording sample
Notice how all of the elements mentioned above are detailed – and spelled out (no numbers) in this formal wedding invitation wording sample:
Because you have shared your laughter and love with us,
Mary Ellen Rue
Justin Thomas Sinclair
invite you to share the beginning of our new life
when we exchange marriage vows on
Saturday, the nineteenth of July
two thousand fourteen
at one o’clock
at The Holy Sisters Church
Fourteen Seventy-One Auglaize Road