Classic Wedding Invitations Fleur De Lis
The classic wedding invitation was written on a small, white paper card and the writing was either by hand or printed. The fleur-de-lis is a stylized iris or lily flower used as a symbol or decorative art design in heraldry often having a political or dynastic significance. This symbol was often used for the classic wedding invitations because of its connotations or significances. It was originally associated with the French monarchy or the House of Bourbon, sometimes appearing in the coats of arms of the Spanish royal family or the Grand Duke of Luxembourg; the fleur-de-lis is also a religious symbol being associated with the Holy Trinity, with archangel Gabriel or with Mary, because of one particular verse “lilium inter spinas” translated as “lily among thorns” found in the Song of Solomon and understood as a reference to Mary.
Fleur-de-lis is the French term for “lily flower” and usually the fleur-de-lis design is the stylized version of the flower specie whose scientific name is Iris pseudacorus.
The text on the wedding invitation could be written by hand, giving it a classic or traditional appearance, but one can also opt for thermography, a printing procedure with a raised letter effect or the traditional method of engraving.
I suggest using a medieval calligraphy style or a printing style similar with the text written by hand to match with the design of the invitation card. The hand written invitations must look elegant, stylish and classy, these being the main characteristics of a formal wedding invitation. It is a procedure a bit expensive, because it takes time and patience to write the text on tens or hundreds of invitations, but if the wedding budget allows some extra expenses for the wedding then I strongly recommend this writing method.
The wedding invitation is all about the information it contains and depending on that information you will have to use a certain wording style.
The name of the bride and the name of the groom must be mentioned in the wedding text; sometimes the text begins with the names of the wedding hosts, usually being the bride’s parents, but not necessarily. The invitation should also contain the name of the wedding location, the date and time; add a printed map and directional signs if you find them necessary for your guests. Other details you may add are the wedding theme and suggestions about how should your attendants dress, if the religious ceremony is followed by a reception or an after-party, if children are allowed to attend to this reception or if it is reserved for adults only, and the list could go on.
In some cases, the couple chooses to write the RSVP on the wedding invitation in the form of a phone number.
The wedding invitations are usually mailed out with minimum six to eight weeks in advance, especially when the final arrangements for the wedding depend on the attendance responses; there are two options to send the invitations: by using the classical double envelope or a single one. Usually these envelops match with the design, color, patterns and shape of the wedding invitation card. It is also very important to choose wisely the ink color for the text.
The fleur-de-lis pattern is classical yet modern, being used on flags or heraldry, especially by the last royal families who are still living in Europe.
I’m positive that no one can go wrong by choosing a classic fleur-de-lis wedding invitation; even the queens and kings give such a great importance to this symbol and this argument should be reason enough to help you decide whether to select or not this design for your invitation cards.11