A royal invitation

Royal invitation collage

The invitations for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding went out last week. (Collage by me.)

Invitations to Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s April 29, 2011, nuptials were sent out toward the end of last week, and by now should have landed with an official thump in mailboxes around the world. About 1,900 people were invited to the “intimate” affair. That nearly two-thousand-person guest list reportedly does not include notables such as President and First Lady Obama and French president Nicolas Sarkozy, but does include David and Victoria Beckham. The palace won’t comment officially, so it’s hard to say.

The cream-colored cards are die-stamped in gold with gilded edges, and feature the Queen’s seal at the top. They were mailed in plain manila-colored envelopes. The invitation wording follows the standard for invitations from the palace, which is one way around the wording question. (“William and Catherine, together with their parents invite you…”? Mr. and Mrs. Middleton request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter…”? Nope. The Queen commands. One less thing to worry about.

The invitations are certainly very elegant and royal. But they aren’t what I think of when I think of wedding invitations. Where are the ribbons, or flowers, or hearts, or other sentimental details? If you want royal ambiance without royal formality for your wedding invitations, try these:

Royal Invitation Suite

Royal Invitation suite by Dear Emma Stationery. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/dearemma)

Embroidered Lace Invitations
Embroidered white lace invitations from Just Embossed Stationery. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/justembossed)

For more wedding paraphernalia, check out this Wills-and-Kate-inspired collection of Save the Date cards.

Royal Damask Suite

Royal Damask wedding invitation suite by Moira Design Studio. (http://www.moiradesignstudio.com/)

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