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Q: My fiancé and I are paying for our own wedding. Should the wording on our invitations reflect that? —Corpus Christi, Texas 

A: You have two choices. The first is:

Sarah Wilson Taylor
Marc Andrew Holmes
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the nineteenth of October
two thousand and eight
at six o’ clock

Or, you can say:

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the marriage of
Sarah Wilson Taylor
Marc Andrew Holmes, etc.


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I have a few friends who included a Save the Date magnet in their wedding announcements. It was pretty helpful - I attached the invitation to my fridge using the magnet provided, and then on the day of the wedding, when I was scrambling to get out the door on time, I was able to quickly locate the invitation for directions. For my Save the Dates, I did a postcard. However, I still like the idea of including a magnet in the actual invitations. My invitations will have a pocket for the RSVP card, and I was thinking of including a magnet of my fiance and I there. Would this be OK, and if so, what would be the proper wording on the magnet at this point - would "Save the Date" still be OK?