Alistair Westcott is a well known registered marriage officer who conducts wedding services in Afrikaans or English
in a casual or formal manner. His services include denominational, traditional and personal weddings, for heterosexual couples.
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Prior to the invention of the moveable-type printing press in 1447, weddings in Engeland were typically announced by means of a Town Crier.
"The honour of your presence is requested at the wedding of..." Did you notice the extra "u"? This seemingly anglicized spelling of "honour" derives from a ruling laid down by Emily Post in 1922.
In the United States the phrase "request your presence" is used when the ceremony is held in a house of worship, while the phrase "pleasure of your company" is used when it is held in a secular location.
Wedidng invitations should be mailed 8-12 weeks before the wedding, to allow wedding guests enough time to respond and to ensure that you will get a reliable head count a week or two before the wedding.
During the middle ages, able families used to summon monks, who were skilled in the art of Calligraphy, to prepare their invites. These invitations were sealed with wax and often carried the coat of arms or personal crest.
Back in the day, reception cards used to be enclosed when some guests were invited to the ceremony only, while those invited to the reception as well, got the card tucked into their invite. This practice was considered rude and is not used anymore.
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