Wedding Invitation Wording

Using Proper Etiquette

Today, a variety of people - the bride's parents, the groom's parents, step parents, grandparents or the couple themselves - might be financing a wedding. Some etiquette experts believe that all contributors deserve mention on the wedding invitation, while others believe it is insulting to only include financial contributor's names on the wedding invitations. Traditionally, the names which appear on the invitations are the names of those who are hosting, or paying for, the wedding. The final decision however, is up to the bride and groom.

Deciding on the wedding invitation wording is difficult - you don't want to offend or upset anyone in your own or your new family. No one should be left off of the invitation because they did not contribute money towards the wedding costs, especially with more couples paying for their own wedding. Many parents want to be included in the process, so follow your heart when choosing your wedding invitation wording. If you are still having difficulty, take a look at a few of the standard wedding invitation wordings based on who is hosting or inviting, not necessarily financing, the wedding - maybe they will help you decide.

If the bride's or groom's parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell MacDougall
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
May Jean
Lewis Cameron Jones

If the couple is hosting:

The honor of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
May Jean MacDougall
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell MacDougall
Lewis Cameron Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Callum Jones

And if everyone is inviting the invitation should read:

Miss May Jean MacDougall
Mr. Lewis Cameron Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs Campbell MacDougall
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

If you decide to not include a parent on the invitation because they didn't contribute financially to your wedding, they can still be recognized within the wedding ceremony program.

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