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I’m pretty well acquainted with a particular wedding invitation designer and calligrapher whose eyes roll right back into her head at the first breath of “request the pleasure of your company…”. The thing is – it’s not a phrase anyone would ever breathe, or even dream of saying out loud. If you’re having a party, you tell your friends in person: “we’re having dinner & drinks at mine for New Year – would you like to come?” The only place we seem to use the horribly stilted “request the pleasure of your company” is on wedding invitations. And not the fun, exciting ones.

 

Google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ for inspiration and an overwhelming number of options pop up. People you don’t know on the internet have very kindly written infinite versions of “request the pleasure of your company” to accommodate divorced parents, couples hosting their own day, and goats.

If only the variations on all of these prescribed wordings were a little more relaxed, fun, personal and creative, right?!

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Here’s the thing: you’d never use a ‘standard wording’ for any other letter to your friends and family. If you send letters or notecards to anyone, ever, then 1) you’re awesome! and 2) I bet they’re fun to read.

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Hand lettered invitation by Calligraphy for Weddings

When you send your wedding invitations, don’t google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ (or worse – ‘standard invitation wordings’). In this case, Google is unintentionally evil with the results it throws back.

Contrary to what it tells you, etiquette is over.

You don’t need to follow any centuries-old rules to get your wedding invitations right!

Don’t be scared to use your own words. Your invites will be personal, unique and sound like they’re from YOU!

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Illustration by Amy Swann, calligraphy by Claire Gould

The whole ‘request the pleasure of your…’ thing seems a little stilted in 2016. Yes, it’s easy to use the formal phrasing, but you can stray from the path if you’d like to!