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5 things you never knew about Wedding Invitations...

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  • The earliest Wedding invitations were sent in the Middle ages, when wealthy families would commission monks to create hand-written invitations with intricate calligraphy. Prior to this, the only way that people would know of an upcoming marriage would be by the town crier announcing the news in a loud voice whilst walking through the streets!
  • Should you be lucky enough to have an original invitation from the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981, it is now likely to be worth around £3,000-£5,000!
  • In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, whilst Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. However Saturday is by far the most common day of the week for weddings, with nearly 60% of all marriages happening on that day.
  • The most expensive wedding invitation ever is thought to have been created by a company in Dubai. It cost around £15,000 and was a palette of gold engraved with guest names and details of the wedding (and no doubt a diamond or two as well!). The couple ordered six.
  • It has always been traditional for wedding invitations to represent around 3% of the Wedding budget. Given that the average wedding now costs around £20,000 and the average stationery spend is approx. £500, this seems to remain quite accurate even today (unless you DIY it of course!)


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