The Indians are known for their warmth of heart and hospitality, shown towards their invited guests, in several social and religious occasions, wedding being the foremost among them. The special characteristics of the Indians are reflected in their wedding cards too, mainly through the Indian wedding invitation wordings, which are totally different from that of the wedding cards used in foreign countries, in language and in spirit.
Indian Wedding Invitation Wordings
Few particular aspects of the wordings in Indian wedding cards
- A religious touch in the beginning - All Indian wedding cards usually start with the mention of any divine name or symbol, irrespective of the religious beliefs. Sometimes, a short phrase or a line from the religious text or the holy book of that religion may be mentioned, seeking divine blessings for the future life of the new couple.
- Warm requests to join the wedding - The wordings of the Indian invitation letter are filled with the love and respect of the wedding couple and the members of their families, for the guests who will be receiving these invitation cards. Usually, the guests are humbly and earnestly requested to attend the wedding, for wishing the marrying couple with best wishes for their married life; since it is Indian culture to seek elders' blessings before starting on a new phase of life.
- Information about the wedding couple - According to Indian culture, a great deal of stress is given on the family background of the bride and the groom. Hence, the ancestral roots and the parentage of both bride and the groom are generally mentioned in the wedding invitation letter; so that the guests can have an idea about this new relationship. Earlier, not much used to be written about the personal qualification of the bride or groom; but now sometimes people prefer to mention that too, if they think it worth of informing their honored guests.
- Necessary details for joining the wedding - Lastly, the wedding cards should be ended by providing all the necessary information, which will help the guests to find out the wedding venue easily, as nowadays, most of the marriages are held in specially hired wedding halls in the nearby locality. Apart from the exact date and time of the wedding, the proper address and the landmark of that venue are mentioned in bold letters, at the end of the invitation letter. In many Indian households, the actual wedding ceremony is preceded and followed by numbers of other religious and social rituals, which require the involvement of the guests. Thus, the guests should also be informed about the dates and times of these rituals, so that they can join and enjoy at those functions.
According to the Indian tradition, the wedding invitations are usually written in the name of the eldest member of the family of the bride or the groom. Normally, the words of these invitation letters are much carefully chosen, to safeguard the prestige of both the families of the bride and the groom, before the invited guests. These wordings are generally printed in clearly visible colors, with mild designs around the page, for suitable decoration.