An ancient culture, steeped in tradition, the Punjabi people, originally hailing for the Punjab region spanning the border between north-west India and eastern Pakistan, take their wedding ceremonies very seriously. When a Punjabi family plans to send out wedding cards, it is important to get small details, such as the wording, correct.
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Keep in mind that in a traditional Punjabi wedding card, each piece of information should follow the others neatly down the centre of the invitation. Plan ahead, deciding how long or short to make your opening and requests, and what information in the most important, in order to keep your card down to one page.
Choose a traditional quote about marriage and use this as an opening for your invitation. This quote could be from a religious guru or text. It should extol the virtues and blessings of marriage. After the quote, include the author or guru’s name.
Inscribe the names of the bride or groom’s parents next, whichever family is sending the invitations. Use proper titles such as Sardar and Sardani or Mr. and Mrs. Include middle names if possible.
Follow this with a gracious request for the guests’ presence at the wedding. Include the name of the bride and groom at the end, again including middle names. An example would be “Mr. AAA and Mrs. AAA request the pleasure of your presence on the auspicious occasion of the marriage of their son BBB to CCC.”
Follow this with the names of the in-laws, whichever set of parents was not yet listed above. Again, use formal titles and middle names if possible. Sometimes the names of these people are also put in parenthesis.
Note the date of the wedding. Also note the address and name of the location where the wedding ceremony will take place.
List a program for all of the other wedding-related events. These could include the reception, and also other traditional ceremonies such as Milni, the introduction between families, Doli, where the bride leaves her parental house, or any other traditions the families wish to include. Note the times for these events and also the names and locations of the place where each event will occur, if different events will be held at different locations from the one noted above.
Finish the invitation by asking for an R.S.V.P. Include an address and applicable telephone numbers. It’s also common to include a short "Compliments of" section, where the families involved in the wedding and sending out the invitations can be listed.
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