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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, September 13, 1903, Image 11

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request th« vleatur* of
company at breakfast on Friday, tbe first of
June, at twelve o'clock,
at nine hundred and three Eighth avenue.
When ceremonies take place later In the
day the form changes a trifle:
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Swain
requeat the pleasure of :
company on ' Saturday, the first of May,
. ¦ at eight o'clock,
at -eight -hundred Van 'Ness avenut. ¦
Many times those who are bidden to the
ceremony are ¦ not invited to the recep
tion, or if cards are Issued for a recep-
tlon a separate' "one Is Inclosed to those
whom it is : desired to have witness the
wedding, 'Itself:
. Ceremony at half after seven.
The girl. who has neither relations nor
a guardian Is the one who- ponders and
puzzles, for she scarcely knows how to
gather her friends about her. Her best
Tour presence . la requested
-. at . the maniaga of
Mm Joan Bradley
Mr. Charles Albert Brown
on Tuesday, the eighth of August.
told that "Mrs. Gravey has gone to town
to spend the day." The little "at home"
cards are neat and very explicit:
¦Will be at home
on the afternoons of Wednesdays,
the fourth, eleventh and eighteenth of August,
at «lx hundred and four Sixteenth street.
Naturally it Is not at all fit to use the
name of the young folks on the cards as
they are. of course, not yet married. But
when they are Inclosed with the an
nouncements It is entirely different, and
they should read:
Mr. and Mra. William Henry Sessions,
after August the fifth, six hundred and four
Sixteenth street.
The hours and the days of smart wed
dings change as all other fashion* do. but
almost any hour that pleases the bride
is permissible, although "high noon" and
9 o'clock tn tbe evening are the most ap
proved houra for exceedingly fit affairs.
When noon Is chosen the reception
which follows ia designated "breakfast"
and cards are generally Inclosed with the
Mr. and Mra. Jamea Dudley Brown '
(~* y EPTEMBER, the month cf chrys
>©. anthemums and brides. Is here,
V-Jvvhen the young maid's fancy turn3
hS lightly to thoughts of wedding tin
cry and wedding stationery.
Styles cf type, like all other novelties,
change every year, and just at present
the rather ; Equare tftects are aul lue
Of course, it goes without faying that
In this newest of stationery there never
ehould be any abbreviations and lh:il fut
ures never should be used, as for instance,
the number nf the residence pbould l>e
written out and engraved in full. Per
haps the. greatest number or questions
arij'o over th«' issuing of invitations, but
It should be thoroughly understood that
all guests are bidden In the name of tho
faiher and mother, or if neither be. liv
ing, in the name of the bride's nearest rel
ative—her brother, unless lie chances to
be younger, and then it is wisest to make
thrm quite ns simple as possible. One
tr.ir.c must be rememb€T«-d thouch: If
tlie Invitations] nre sent by other than h«r
parents the prefix "Miss" is added, but
otherwise her name is given as plain
Miiry I»ui8e.
If the groom is connected u-ith the army
or navy below the rank of lieutenant the
prefix "Mr." Is n» d, bin a!I officers, as
a rule, have their titles prefixed In fii I
to their name. iVbfesjdonal titles, such
us Dr. or Htv.. may be employed if one
pleases* but it is far better to omit hon
orary titles
Never have the year engraved on the
Invitations It is the worst possible taste,
nnd as it Is invariably engraved on the
ar.r.ouncerm nts really is not necessary.
.Anothet important don't concerns the
Christian n:im» s. The time has passed
¦when initials are considered sufficienl and
all name? are. quite as a matter of course,
wrifun in full. And Fee to it that the
Tvnrd "and" is used between "Mr." and
"Mr*.*" in place o f the sign mark. That
It simp'y too provincial for any words
and never fails to make one appear hope
lessly ridiculous.
For a church wedding the. most pop
ular form of invitation reads:
Mr and Mr* Gpctk- Clark Thompson
request the honor
oresence at the'mVrr'la'cV'of their daughter
Katnryn Elizabeth
Mr. William Henry Session*
On th- rv-nii.c rf Wednesday, the fixth day
of July, at half after seven o'clock.
At St. Lukes Church.
A blank place Is left to write In the
name of the guest, as It Is thought to ba
far more personal than to merely * re
quest the honor of your presence." This,
however, is also perfectly correct, and if
one does not care to take the trouble to
fill Jn ell the names. Is the only form that
should be used. "Request the pleasure of
your company" never should be found on
a church invitation, but Invariably on
that of a home wedding or reception in
vitation .
Widows are forever In a quandary about
their second marriages, puzzle over their
wedding frocks and ponder over the
wording of their invitations, but it is
simple when one stops to think about It.
There really is but one way. Her parents
issue them, in the usual fashion, with her
Christian name and the surname of her
deceased husband. The prefix "Mrs." or
her married name may be given In
brackets below her Christian name if she
pleases, but it i* far more conspicuous
and but little liked.
Oftentimes the young people inclose
their new address and state when their
friends will be able to find them at home,
for it is anything but pleasant to travel
across the bay or Into the suburbs to b«
at h!xh boob.
Eltrht hundred Van Neit •.?•an*.
That covers all her difficulties and Xhm
lack of parents or guardians la hardly.
Now and then double weddings are cele
brated and- when the brides are sisters
nothing could be prettier. Instead of Is
suing two sets of requests one la ample
and the two names are engraved on tha
same card:
Mr. and Mra. Burbaak BmitSi
request the honor of
presence at the marriage of their daughters*
Mr. Arthur Francis Rayne*
Mr. George Clarence Bandy.
oa the evening of Wednesday, the fourth of 11*7,
at nine o'clock,
at St. Mary's Cathedral.
When the bride's brother Invites their
mutual friends be may associate his
wife's name In describing the bride as
their sister, and a married sister includes
the name of her husband. However,
when desired, distinct relationship may
be made In this manner:
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Gray
request the honor of
presence at the marriage of «
Mr. Gray's sister,
Buch a form simplifies matters and Is
quite the best to choose when the bride
chances to be a granddaughter, a niece,
a sister or a ward. Her surname Is al
ways given and all possible errors ax*
avoided by this method.
No matter how elaborate the prepara
tions may be, all Invitations and an
nouncements are engraved uniformly, the
announcements being sent out the day
following the marriage:'
Mr. and Mrs. Itolln Swaaey
announce the marriage of their daughta*'
I • Miriam
Mr. Frederick Edward Hammersmith.
on Saturday, th*> second of November.
nineteen hundred and three, at
San Francisco,
The older form reads: .
Mr. Frederick Edward HammeramltX
Miss Miriam Swuey.
©n Saturday, the srt-und of November,
nineteen hundred and three,
San Francisco.
I California.
It Is a common mistake to Include the
entire family in one invitation. Properly
speaking there should be on» for "Mr.
and Mrs.." another for "the Misses" and
a separate one to the adult sons. If
there chance to be three or more daugh
ters It Is far wiser to address one to the
eldest. Then there Is no possible chanc*
of appearing cheap or of having the in
vitations rive out.
There Is but one other card that Is ever
used and that Is for reasons of Illness or
death In the family. As a rule they are
not engraved, but are printed from type:
Owing to Illness m the family
Mr. and Mrs. William Clark IlaramommltSk
. . are obliged to recall the Invitation*
for the wedding of their daughter
* en Tuesday, the twenty-fifth of August.
I San Francisco, California.
All Invitations depend largely upon the
circumstances. For instance, if the wed
ding is to be at a hotel or at a hail *
card Is enclosed Indicating the address to
which replies are to be sent:
R. s. v. p.
at seven hundred and eight Busb street.
It is surprising when one orders wed
ding stationery to aee how many cards
and tbe Uke are deemed necessary, but
as one Is. as a rule, married but once In
a lifetime they are all cheerfully ordered
and the lady fair leaves the shop with a
new dignity, for is she not almost Urs.
60 b. n <3 So ?

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