Wedding Invitation Wording

Now here’s a topic that I’m sure everyone is REALLY excited about! Wording!!!

Mr and Mrs Smith request the honour of your presence….
Or should you request the pleasure of their company?
Perhaps you’d rather just tell your guests that you’re getting hitched and having a backyard party?

When it comes to wording, you’ll have to think about the style of event you are hosting. Will it be a formal affair with gowns and tuxedos? Are you having a casual backyard wedding where sundresses and khakis are more appropriate?

So much to think about right? Why yes, yes it is. Even though an invitation is “just a piece of paper” – please note to NEVER say this to your invitation designer 😉
An invitation communicates so much to your guests!

For example – if you’re having a casual backyard wedding, you probably wouldn’t send out something like this
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You can’t read the wording, but this one is extremely formal. What do I mean by that?

Well, the wording goes a little something like this:

Mr and Mrs Edward Cavanaugh
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Marie
Johnathan Marcus
son of Mr and Mrs Christopher Grayson

Saturday the twenty fourth of November
two thousand and twelve
Half past Three in the afternoon
Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church
Waterloo, Ontario

Dinner reception to follow
six o’clock in the evening
The Tannery Event Centre
Kitchener Ontario

Formal, right?

You’d probably want to send something a little more low key and most importantly FUN!

Like this perhaps?

Cream and light brown panel invitation with flower bouquet

This one is less formal, a little fun and incorporates the personality of the bride and groom.

“Together with their family and friends

Jackie & Craig

joyfully invite you to share in their

celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family

as they exchange vows at the cottage.

…To be followed by an evening of food, music,

dancing, and laughter!

Guests are encouraged to dress for an outdoor ceremony and reception.

High heels and uncomfortable formal wear are not recommended.”

It all comes down to you. Yes, that’s right you. Your wedding, your wording. 🙂

*don’t forget about etiquette though* There will be another post about this coming soon!!!!

I think the point is that the wording (and the overall style) must reflect the event you are hosting.

I have lots of tips on this subject so if you are stumped, shoot me an e-mail. I can try to help!

As always – have a fabulous day!!!!

xo Danika


A practically perfect Sunday…

Happy Monday!!!!!!

This past weekend some friends and I went for a fabulous day of wine tasting at a few choice wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario.  We sampled a whole lot of wine, some yummy chocolates, and some seriously amazing cheese and I couldn’t resist sharing a little about these places with all of you(these could spark an idea for wedding location!)!

My favourite by far was Megalomaniac.  This winery is underground and set in the top of a hill overlooking Niagara and Hamilton.

I’m not sure if I was more impressed by the location or the branding of this company.  You can certainly tell the owner is passionate about wine and has a great sense of humour.  The wine is fabulous and honestly…who would name a Riesling “Narcissist” or a Pinot Noir named “sonofabitch” <- this wasn’t available yet, but you can bet that I’m going back for a bottle!

Wondering where the name of the winery came from? -> “What’s with the name? I originally wanted to christen these wines in my name, John Hovard,…and then my good friends accused me of being yet another”[profanity withheld] Megalomaniac”. Regrettably, the name stuck.”

Our second stop was at Vineland Estates Winery.

This winery really does have a lot to offer.  A restaurant, a carriage house where you can host an intimate wedding, or a bed and breakfast for an anniversary perhaps?

We sampled several wines and while I am usually a red drinker, this winery sold me on their St. Urban Riesling (couldn’t resist taking one of these home!).

They also had a variety of chocolates and my favourite?  Salt and pepper…yes I said salt and pepper CHOCOLATE.  We’ve all experience the salted caramel ice cream, or a chocolate bar with sea salt sprinkled on top, but the salt and pepper chocolate was surprisingly delicious!

Our third stop was Stoney Ridge.

The wine here was fabulous (my favourite being a dessert wine called “Passion”), but they also have a very impressive cheese shop.  Impressive may be a slight understatement.  They had Irish Dubliner cheese and Irish cheddar with Guiness, but by far my favourites were a carmelized onion, and a mango ginger stilton cheese <- this tasted like cheesecake.

There are so many wineries in the region, and I love how each one had their own personality that was conveyed through their wines.

What a fantastic day with some equally fantastic ladies.  I would love to do it again sometime (or maybe steal my husband away for a weekend!).

Have a fabulous Monday!

xo Danika

I heart my brides!!!!!

Man oh man is 2012 a busy year so far…And I  am LOVING it!  🙂

It’s May and I feel so unbelievably lucky to have worked with and continue to work with so many amazing brides to be!!  Why do I love working on wedding invitations with brides?  Well…because each bride has their own vision for their wedding day.  I love being able to hear how they picture their wedding to be and then to transform what they’ve communicated into a wedding invitation (and other stationery) that truly fits their personality as a couple and their idea for their wedding.

I really love it when they push me to my limits creatively too.  🙂

I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people so far and I can’t wait to work with so many more!

Here are a few of my recent favourites!  {I really do love them all!}

These were designed for a friend from high school {SO HONOURED – and a tad nervous- TO DO THESE FOR HER!}. She was married in India this past December.

I am so drawn to softer colours right now and I love the pale green, purple, and white with the grey pocket.

Here is a view of the inside…..same idea.

This was designed for a wedding with a vintage/cottage feel. Love this brides colours!

This couple was too much fun to work with and I love the custom stamp they chose for their RSVP envelopes!

I really do love grey……….

I am such a fan of envelope liners! They just add that little extra to tie everything in!

Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with so far this year (and to the ones I’m currently working).  You are the reason I do what I do – and make it possible for me to do something that I am truly in love with.

Happy wedding planning – and happy Wednesday!

xo Danika

This is the cutie wreaking havoc on my well being…..

I love my children, I definitely love my children.

Right now?

This little guy ->

He's so cute, eh? I was in the kitchen, walked around the corner to see my little man wearing his Dr. Love shirt, a pull up and my heels. Hahaha! This picture still makes me laugh! He was SO proud of himself!

is close to causing my husband and I to lose our minds.

You see, this little cutie had his tonsils and adenoids out last week.  I feel so terrible for him…more terrible for him than my husband and I.  This is so temporary and I know in the long run he’ll sleep better (no more apnea from massive adenoids!), his speech will improve and all around he will be happier.

And that smile makes the sleepless nights SO worth it!!!!

At least we have coffee and massive amounts, right?!  And a smile from a 3 year old that makes it all better.

Have a fabulous day!

xo Danika




To keep or not to keep…a personal post

Before I begin, I need to clarify that I am not a hoarder.  In fact, I kind of hate clutter!

There are a few things though that I have held onto over the years. One of those things that I’ve kept…NOTES, a box of notes in fact. They are the kind of notes you write your girlfriends while you’re bored out of your mind in 5th period English class. Most of them were about boys we liked, how much we couldn’t stand the class, or what party we’d be going to this weekend.  I recently found a box of these notes and decided to read through some (throw out most) and I came across this.

My friend and I must not have been getting along in high school (this NEVER happens between girlfriends by the way!!!!!) and she wrote me this poem:

Like an umbrella on a rainy day

Your friend is there to listen to what you say

Like butter with your bread

Your friend is there when the tears start to shed

When you feel no one understands you and you feel all alone

Your friend will be a listener to hear your sobbing moans

You may be tortured with a gun or tortured with a knife

But when you become friends, you are best friends for life.

The best part?  We’re still friends after meeting when we were nine so I called her, read it to her and both of us could hardly breathe from laughing so hard!  Haha!

This note is definitely a keeper.  🙂

Have a fabulous weekend…xo Danika

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