One of the aspects that many hostess’s dread is the task of wording the bridal shower invitations. And while this may sound like a daunting task the actual wording very simple. Today we’ll break it down for you so you can grasp the different aspects of what goes on to an invite.
While you can find a lot of different sample wordings, knowing what is important and what can be left out is difficult when you don’t know what belongs on an invitation. So lets take a common example of invitation wording for a bridal shower. There also a number example photos showing real invitations so you can see how the wording would look if you were to have them printed. There are a number of different services that you could place an order with once you have a final text written.
So let’s get started.
You will need to have a couple of important pieces of information collected and finalized before you can have the invitations printed.
The need to have changes made are an expensive mistake that can ruin the entire experience so we cover that first.
When you host a bridal shower you will need to decide on a lot of different aspects of the day. Some of these are not going to change, the known will be the bride-to-be or the couples name. These go at the top of our list. Let’s pretend that we are hosting a bridal shower for a young woman named. Sally Reynolds. Sally is a fun country sort of girl and we have picked out a lovely daisy bridal shower invitation. This is a known so we can write the first sentence of the invitation.
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds
That wasn’t so hard was it. The guest of honor is always the person named at the beginning of the invitation. If you would be asked to host a coed bridal shower, also known as a wedding or couples shower you would include the names of the guests of honor. This is handled the same way, but the woman’s name is always written first. This isn’t optional. You would be making a faux pas if you were to do it the other was around.
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds & Brad Peters
Some of you have voiced concern for the right way to word a wedding shower for a same-sex couple. There really isn’t a problem here, and the name that comes first is entirely up to you or if the couple will known about the shower in advance they can give you input on who should be named first.
Now that we have the first part of the bridal shower invitation written we can continue on to the next step. And here you will need to have concrete details. If they change at a later date you will have to pay to have the cards reprinted if you haven’t sent them out, or if you have you could opt for the less elegant correction email. But let’s hope that it doesn’t get to that. So make sure you know the date of the shower won’t change.
Back to a Sally only shower the next part would look like this:
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds on Saturday March 21 at three o'clock in the afternoon.
Here you can chose to write the time numerically if the space is limited, though it is generally considered more elegant if the time is written out.
Next we need to share the location for the party. And if you will be hosting it at a location that is unknown to the majority of the guests further directions can be provided separately.
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds on Saturday March 21 at three o'clock in the afternoon at the Little Pink Tea House 123 Somewhere Street, Dayton
The address should be specific enough that the guests will be able to find the venue, but if it is overly long you will need to leave any complicated instructions for further printouts. When you overload the bottom of the invitation naturally loses the tapper out effect that many people prefer for the visual ascetic appeal.
Now that you have that taken care of you should add your contact information. While it is traditional to add a telephone number you can also asks for Text confirmation or email. Their is a lot of flexibility here, and many hostesses will simply include multiple forms of communication for the different generations of guest. Here we have used a telephone number to show you how the text should look.
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds on Saturday March 21 at three o'clock in the afternoon at the Little Pink Tea House 123 Somewhere Street, Dayton Please RSVP by March 7 to Jennifer Lynn at 123-555-6789
Now that we have all of that taken care of you will need to include registry information. While this isn’t a traditional part of the invitations it is a good idea. Here is why. When you don’t give the guests the option to visit the registry (or if they don’t know about it) they will bring their own gifts. This is fine, many of the guests will do this anyway.
But there are two problems here that we should address.
The first problem is that the items that have been specifically selected, the ones that may be required will be left out. The other porblem comes from the otherside. If you don’t get what you need to will probably get things you don’t need. Giving gifts at bridal showers used to be very hit and miss at bridal showers.
A funny example of this is the bride that got three tea pots, but not a single tea cup.
So while it might not be the most elegant, adding registry information if it is aviaalbale is a good idea. Here is what a finished invitation will look like when it is nicely worded.
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Sally Reynolds on Saturday March 21 at three o'clock in the afternoon at the Little Pink Tea House 123 Somewhere Street, Dayton Please RSVP by March 7 to Jennifer Lynn at 123-555-6789 Sally is registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Now that you have the basics covered you can go ahead and make changes as needed. The wording of an invitation may seem like a big task at first. But once you know how it is done you can easily write one without any major head aches. As you can see having the details layed out in front of you is a big help. And making sure that they won’t change is a must.
Let’s go over it one more time in a condensed form.
- Request for participation
- The bride’s name or both names
- Date and time
- RSVP deadline and contact details
- Registry information. This is optional