Wedding Invitations

The invitation to the ceremony is engraved on the front sheet of white note-paper.

The smartest, at present, is that with a raised margin—or plate mark. At the top of the sheet the crest (if the family of the bride has the right to use one) is embossed without color.

Otherwise the invitation bears no device.

The engraving may be in script, block, shaded block, or old English.

The invitation to the ceremony should always request “the honour” of your “presence,” and never the “pleasure” of your “company.” (Honour is spelled in the old-fashioned way, with a “u” instead of “honor.”)

Enclosed in Two Envelopes

Two envelopes are never used except for wedding invitations or announcements; but wedding invitations and all accompanying cards are always enclosed first in an inner envelope that has no mucilage on the flap, and is superscribed “Mr. and Mrs. Jameson Greatlake,” without address.

This is enclosed in an outer envelope which is sealed and addressed.

 To those who are only “asked to the church” no house invitation is enclosed.

 The proper form for an invitation to a church ceremony is:

(Form No. 1.)

(Form No. 2.)

 To the family and very intimate friends who are to be seated in especially designated pews:
Engraved pew cards are ordered only for very big weddings where twenty or more pews are to be reserved.
The more usual custom—at all small and many big weddings—is for the mother of the bride, and the mother of the bridegroom each to write on her personal visiting card:
INVITATION TO THE HOUSE

The invitation to the breakfast or reception following the church ceremony is engraved on a card to match the paper of the church invitation and is the size of the latter after it is folded for the envelope:

Emily Post

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