Okay, starting to design our invites this weekend. Parents are hosting, not getting married in a church. Questions are in bold.
Mr. and Mrs. John Doe (or is it John and Jane Doe?)
request the pleasure of your company
to their daughter
Dutchie Middle van Man
two thousand sixteen
the sixth of August
half past three o'clock
City, Province (should I put Dutch, Zuid-Holland, or English, South Holland. I could easily omit the province and people will still be able to find it)
Reception to follow
We are doing a one hour cocktail hour before the ceremony. Do I list the time of the cocktail hour, or the time of the ceremony? This is a Dutch tradition to have a 30-60 minute welcoming, sometimes with just tea and coffee. How is the best way to communicate to my side of what's happening?
Off topic: I sent this wording to my mom to see how they felt being listed on the invites like this. It felt weird going about it without their consent. Anyways, I finish the email with "have to get back to work, love Spoonsey." My mom replies saying this looks good, then she replies AGAIN because she didn't pass my dad's dad joke along. Apparently he thinks I can leave "have to get back to work" off the invite.
Mini rant: I'm doing separate Dutch wording for the Dutch guest list. The wedding website articles I browse are giving me "fun, unique, original wording" and cutesy poems how to ask for money. I. Just. Want. Proper. Dutch. Wording. No love poems, no tiered guest list wording, just a format for formal/traditional wording. Also, instead of saying ceremony, some will reference it as the couple will exchange the yes-word at 4:30. That really drives me bonkers!