Planning a celebration for the bride-to-be but not sure what to say on the invitations? Whether you send them electronically or via post, there are a few guidelines to consider when wording your requests for guests to join the festivities. Here, we break them down.
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Gather the Essentials
At the minimum, you’ll want to include the date, time, location, and R.S.V.P. information. Many people also find it helpful to list where the bride is registered or offer specific gift suggestions that adhere to a theme, like gifting cookware for a kitchen shower.
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Start with a simple sentence at the top of the invitation that introduces the event and the honoree. Even something as basic as “Please join us in toasting bride-to-be Natalie Jones” gets your point across. But if you want to get more creative, by all means do so! Just aim to match the tone to the formality of the party. Using words like “in honor of” conveys a more traditional gathering, while a clever pun or playful joke implies a more casual one.
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Share When and Where
Next, get down to brass tacks. This is the crucial info that clues guests in to when and where the shower will be held. Include the date, time of day, and location. For a shower at a well-known spot in your town, it’s fine to leave off the exact address and just say “Please join us for a shower in honor of the bride-to-be on May 12th at 1 p.m., The Clarksville Country Club.” But if the event will be held at your home or another host’s home, be sure to include the street address.
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Specify the R.S.V.P. Details
To get a handle on how many people to expect, include R.S.V.P. information; usually this will be your number or e-mail address. You might also include your name: “Given with love by Jennifer Wilson and the bridesmaids. Regrets only to 555-6347.”
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List the Registry Info
While not necessary, providing the couple’s registry information on shower invites is often welcomed by the recipient, who otherwise might not know where to start in terms of purchasing a gift for the party. Add a line like “Jane and Tony are registered at Target and Macy’s” at the end of the invite, after all other relevant details have been listed. Alternately, direct guests to bring a present that adheres to a theme; if it’s a lingerie shower, for example, you can include the bride-to-be’s bra and underwear sizes.
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