Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Word Confirmation Invitations

Write a rough draft of the invitation before sending it to print.

Confirmation is the Christian rite of an adult making a full commitment to the church after being introduced to it through baptism. In a way, baptism is like accepting a marriage proposal, while confirmation is the wedding. A confirmation can certainly be celebrated with family and friends, but like a wedding, its invitations need more formal wording than those of a casual party.


1. Open with an appropriate Bible verse to set a joyful but reverent mood. One example is 2 Corinthians 5:17: If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! You could also use the more general Psalm 118:24: Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. If the young person was required to memorize a Bible verse as part of the confirmation process, use that verse instead.

2. Introduce the invitation with the names of the hosts. This can be the young person's parents, godparents, confirmation sponsor or a combination of these. Follow it with the actual invitation request. For example, write Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the confirmation of their son Joseph or Mr. John Smith requests the honor of your presence at the confirmation of his godson Joseph.

3. Write each phrase of the invitation on a separate line. For example:

Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Doe

request the honor of your presence

at the confirmation of their son


4. Add the date. Write out the full month, day and time. This includes names of the numbers instead of numerals. For example:

Tuesday, the twenty-fifth of May

at twelve o'clock

Write out the year in the same format. For example, two thousand twelve, not 2012.

5. Add the name of the church. Write the street address, along with the city and full name of the state on the next line. Do not use abbreviations in the address.

6. State the location and the type of any party you are having after the ceremony. For example, write, Dinner will be served at the Smith residence, followed by the address. A reception will be held at the address may be more appropriate if a full meal will not be served.

7. Keep a copy of the written draft when ordering or printing your invitations.

Tips Warnings

No abbreviations other than Mr. Mrs. and Ms. should be used. Titles such as Doctor should be written out.

The word and should not be used when writing out the date.

According to Emily Post, the phrase the honor of your presence should be spelled the honour of your presence -- in the British fashion. This rule is specifically applied to the wording of wedding invitations, however, so the u is up to you.

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