Ask the Experts: Invitation Wording for a Marriage Blessing

by Marta
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Dear Experts
My daughter was recently married by a Justice of the Peace and is planning on having her marriage blessed. We would like to invite guests to this event and also to a reception. We cannot seem to find the proper invitation wording, can you help?

Thanks
Mother of the Bride

Sheila of All Faiths Ceremonies suggests:
Today, our children sanctify their union in front of their loving family and friends
We invite you to share our joy in witnessing their marriage blessing

Dana of Simply Elegant Consulting suggests:

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the Blessing of the marriage
of their daughter
Kimberly Ann
to
Mr. Darryl Henderson
at Mount Olive Church
on Saturday, July 10, 2010
at 2.30 o'clock
and afterwards at
The Marriott Hotel

Beth of Forever Friends suggests:
He slipped the ring on her finger
a promise made for life...
Join us as we share their joy
now that they're man and wife!
A party to Bless the newly married
COUPLE
will be held on DAY
at TIME
ADDRESS

Ariana of Iris Fields suggests:
Mr. and Mrs. Smith cordially invite you a celebration in honor of the recent marriage of our daughter Jane Emily to John David. Ceremony to Bless the Marriage followed by dinner and dancing will be held on July 26, 2010 at 6 o' clock in the evening. Cocktail attire.
Insert Address of Venue.

and finally,
Beth of Exclusively Weddings has several suggestions:
If the blessing ceremony is to be held in a church and the invitation is coming from the newlyweds, I would suggest this wording:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the honour of your presence
at a ceremony to celebrate
the affirmation of their wedding vows
Date
Time
Place

If the ceremony is in a church but hosted by the bride's parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jones
request the honour of your presence
at a ceremony to celebrate
the affirmation of
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith’s
wedding vows
Date
Time
Place

If the ceremony is in a non-denominational venue:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at a ceremony to celebrate
the blessing of their wedding vows
Date
Time
Place

The differences are that, in a church, it would always be a blessing, so the use of the word "blessing" in the invitation text would be redundant. Additionally, outside of a religious facility you should use the phrase “request the pleasure of your company” in place of “ request the honour of your presence.”

About our Experts:
Beth Fruchtman is the owner of Forever Friends, which provides Fine Stationary, Favors and Accessories for those special occasions in your life. Forever Friends is a licensed vendor of Carlson Craft.

Beth Vogel the invitation princess at Exclusively Weddings would love to chime in with her thoughts and opinions regarding your invitation questions. She’s been doing this for years!

The Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross is an ordained, licensed interfaith minister who specializes in creating unique ceremonies for couples of all faiths and orientations.

Ariana Gordon Stecker is the co-founder and Lead Planner for Iris Fields, Inc. She is a seasoned New York City event professional who has been featured on MTV, Fox News, and the New York Times.

Dana Scott is the owner of Simply Elegant Consulting in Cleveland, Ohio.

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