The medieval wedding, one of the most romantic of wedding themes, is growing in popularity. If the wedding is a small or exclusive affair, wedding announcements are a useful way to announce the marriage to family and friend who did not attend. A wedding announcement should be sent directly following the wedding. It is not the same as an invitation, although medieval wedding invitations may be worded using the same type of language as the announcement. Medieval weddings were often announced by the town crier, but in lieu of a town crier, announcements will work just fine.
Write the announcement using present-day language. Be sure to include all important information, such as the people announcing the wedding (the parents or couple), the date and the place of the wedding.
Decide on a medieval wedding focus before writing the announcement. If the wedding theme is centered around a royal perspective of medieval times, the announcement will use different wording than if the wedding focus is on more of a "Robin Hood" or common-folk perspective of medieval living.
Incorporate medieval wording into the basic language of the announcement. At the top, "Hear ye, Hear ye" calls attention to the announcement. Use words like "Sir," "Lady," "Governess," and "Knight." Refer to the church as a cathedral and the reception hall as a castle, if desired. After the date is listed, state "in the year of our Lord" for a medieval flair. For informal medieval announcements, try language like "son of John of Hampshire" following the groom's first name. "Gentleman at arms" or "gentleman-in-waiting" was used to denote a common son of a nobleman. Use the profession to showcase medieval-like names, such as "Jack the Baker" or "Jim the Hunter."
Write a rough draft of the medieval announcement. Read the announcement, making sure that the wording sounds authentic, yet conveys the idea in a way that a reader can easily follow. The reader should not have trouble understanding any of the facts listed on the announcement.
Make necessary changes to the announcement. Change wording if necessary so that the announcement has a medieval sound conveyed in a clear fashion. Complete the final draft of the announcement.
Tips & Warnings
- Print the announcements on heavy parchment paper. Use muted, burnished colors that appear old.
- Roll up the announcements and tie with twine for a medieval look.
- Use handwritten professional calligraphy for an even more authentic look.
- Photo Credit kissing wedded couple image by TEA from Fotolia.com
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