Wording for Wedding Invitations

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Determining the best wording for your wedding invitations or save the date magnets can be a stressful task. While the design and layout of your invitations reflect the vibe of the event and the personalities of the couple, the wording needs to both inform guests of wedding-day logistics and include hosting and family information. The latter can be tricky, so consult below for traditional wording examples in some common scenarios.

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Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride's Parents Host

Traditionally, if the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, their names appear first and the groom's parents are not mentioned.

 

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Anne Marie

to

Timothy James Brown

Saturday, the fourteenth of August, 2025

 

If you choose to include the groom's parents when the bride's parents are hosting, list them below his name:

 

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Anne Marie

to

Timothy James

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

 

Wording for Wedding Invitations: Both Sets of Parents Host

If both parents are hosting, the bride's parents are listed first, followed by the groom's parents on a second line. The children are then listed in the same order as above, only with the groom's surname omitted.

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe &

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Anne Marie and Timothy James...

 

Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom Host

In the case of the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, exclude parents' names altogether and begin with the bride's name.

 

Ms. Anne Marie Doe and Mr. Timothy James Brown

request the pleasure of your company at their marriage...

 

Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced or Single Parent Hosts

In the case of a single parent hosting the wedding, word the invitation as you would if two parents were hosting, but with a single name.

 

Mr. John Doe

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of his daughter

Anne Marie

to

Timothy James

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

 

Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced Parent Hosts with New Spouse

If a divorced parent is hosting, but has a new spouse, include both names but specify with pronouns that the bride (in this example) is the daughter of the woman, not both of them. Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the parent who raised her sends the invitation. If the bride has a different surname than the divorced parent, you might choose to indicate this on the invite to negate confusion.

 

Ellen and Christopher Andrews

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of her daughter

Anne Marie Doe

to

Timothy James

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

 

Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorces Parents Host Together

Often, divorced parents will come together to jointly host their child's wedding. If this is the case, list the mother first.

 

Mrs. Ellen Andrews and Mr. John Doe

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Anne Marie

to

Timothy James

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

 

If divorced parents are remarried, include each set of parents on their own line.

It's often wisest to consult with parents before sending out the invitations to ensure that all parties are happy with the wording.

 

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Last Updated: October 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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