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June 12, 2014. Category: Invitations, modern, printed materials, traditions, weddings

Once upon a time, pretty much everyone subscribed to standard wedding invitation wordings.  As the bride’s parents typically paid for the occasion, invites usually said that “they requested the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter”. These days, with divorce, blended families, and other nontraditional family dynamics helping to put together your special day, figuring out appropriate invitation phrasing has gotten complicated!

Here are a few common tricky situations, and the fitting invitation wording for each.  Keep in mind that you can always adapt the following language to suit your event

The bride’s parents are hosting, but would like to include groom’s parents on the invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

etc.

Both sets of parents are funding the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

and

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Samantha and Jason

etc.

 The bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves:

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Miss Samantha Marie Abbet

to

Mr. Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

OR, including their parents

Together with their families

 Miss Samantha Marie Abbet

and

Mr. Jason Christopher Smith

request the honor of your presence

at their marriage

etc.

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Widowed Parents: Bride’s Mother has not Remarried

Mrs. Thomas Abbet

requests the honor of your presence

at the wedding of her daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

Divorced Parents- The Bride’s Mother has Remarried

Mrs. Jacob Henderson

Mr. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the wedding of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

Separated Parents have two options:

Option One

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

OR

Option Two

Mrs. Jacob Henderson

Mr. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the wedding of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

 

Etiquette formatting information is provided by Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery and Sambla.se.

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Happy Passover!

April 14, 2014. Category: holidays, traditions

We wish you all joy and many blessings at Passover and throughout the year!

Happy Passover!

 

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Bottoms Up!

April 11, 2014. Category: details, diy, inspiration, traditions

While none of the ladies of A. Dominick Events are technically Southern, we enjoy a good Southern tradition every now and then (we are south of the Mason Dixon you know). One of our very favorite superstitions is the time honor tradition of burying the bourbon. Southern folklore states that if you bury a full bottle of bourbon upside down exactly one month before the wedding at the exact spot of the ceremony it will not rain on your wedding day.

Don’t believe us? The last time one of our couples buried a bottle Tropical Storm Andrea hit the day before their tented wedding on the Chesapeake Bay. While we suffered through a soggy rehearsal, the wedding day was crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky.

My favorite part of this tradition? Digging up the bottle and enjoying it with your guests of course!

Photo credit: Paul Morse

So all of you outdoor brides, grab your shovel and bottoms up!

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Congrats Drs Bassett!

December 03, 2012. Category: traditions

Just want to say Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple, Blair and Robb.

It’s amazing how quickly a year can fly by!

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November 21, 2012. Category: traditions
Wishing you and yours a bountiful Thanksgiving!  
The A. Dominick Events office will be closed Thursday and Friday and reopen Monday. 
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