Everyday Etiquette – Step-Parent Invitation Wording

Question:

What is the correct way to have My mom, My stepdad and My dad on the invitation?

Should it be…
Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Mr. Helwig

S.

The Everyday Etiquette Answer:

Before I begin, who is hosting (paying for) the wedding? The hosts are the ones who do the inviting. If your mother and stepfather and you natural father are all contributing, then you would say the following:

Mr. and Mrs. John William Jones
Mr. James Allen Helwig
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Bride’s Full Name
and
Groom’s Full Name

Please note that I did not include the word "daughter" due to the fact that you have stepparents involved. Optionally, you could use the word "and" between lines 1 & 2. When there are multiple sets of parents involved in the wedding, another wording has become quite popular as it is all-inclusive.

Together with their parents,
Bride’s Full Name
and
Groom’s Full Name
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Ms. Carey

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