The Harsanik Guide to Wedding Invitations

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You may spend months picking out the perfect wedding invitation design, but when it comes down to it, design isn’t enough. Your invitations also need to be polite and informative; they have to say the right thing in the right way, using only a few lines. Deciding how to word your invitations is tricky and, as always, Harsanik is here to help.

Traditionally, an American wedding invitation must include ten key lines:

  • Who is hosting, be it the bride’s parents, the grooms, or both. i.e. Mr. and Mrs. So-and-So

  • The request line, most commonly “request the honor of your presence"

  • The relationship of the hosts to the bride, groom, or both: “at the marriage of their daughter,” “their son and daughter", or "their children"

  • The name of the bride, first only, and middle if applicable (This may vary, usually if bride and groom are hosting, last name included)

  • The name of the groom, again, first and middle only (This may vary, usually if bride and groom or bride's parents are hosting, include full name and last name)

  • The day of the week, day, and month of the wedding

  • Time of wedding. Be sure to include the time of day, i.e. morning, afternoon, or evening. 

  • Name of the wedding venue

  • Venue’s address

  • And, finally, reception information. If the reception is in the same location as the ceremony, a simple “reception to follow” is sufficient. If not, you will need to include the name and address of the reception venue as well.

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Armenian wedding invitations are worded quite similarly, with a few notable exceptions:

  • Both sets of parents’ names must appear on the invitation; groom’s parents first, followed by the bride’s, on two separate lines, regardless of who may or may not be paying for the wedding 

    -  Mr. and Mrs. groom’s Parents

    -  Mr. and Mrs. bride’s Parents

  • The request line

  • “Of their son and daughter”

  • The names of the groom and bride; the groom’s name always comes before the bride’s 

  • The day of the week, day, and month of the wedding

  • Time of wedding; be sure to include the time of day, i.e. morning, afternoon, or evening. 

  • The names of the Best Man and Maid of Honor, two very important figureheads of an Armenian wedding

  • Distinct information for both the ceremony and reception, since most Armenians will hold their wedding ceremony in a church, then have the reception in a banquet hall some hours later

You may even choose to have your invitations printed in Armenian, or have half the set done in Armenian, and the other half in English for your non-Armenian-speaking guests. This will, of course, depend on your guests, your budget, and personal preferences.

Harsanik guide to invitations: Armenian Invitation

Photo source Bella Printing Services

If you’re having your invitations custom-made, your printer should already know these steps and be able to guide you through the wording. However, some modern brides may choose to “DIY” their wedding invitations. This is a great approach, since it gives the invites a uniquely personal touch, and saves a great deal of money. What they lose, however, is the guidance of experts. If making your own invitations, be sure to ask for the input of your groom and both of your parents before finalizing.

Choose your invitation vendor and utilize this guide to create your invitations and excite your guests about your upcoming wedding. 


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