How to Avoid Invitation Mistakes Part 2

  • If parents are hosting (paying) for the wedding, do not forget to incorporate their names into the wedding invitation. If the bride’s parents are hosting, you could word your invitation as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Anne
to
Mr. Robert Alan Johnston
etc.

If both bride and groom’s parents are hosting, you can word your invitations as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnston
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Anne
and
Robert Alan

Today, many brides and grooms come from blended families, so listing the names of all the parents can become a challenge and can make your wedding invitation look crowded. To avoid listing all the parents, and thus overshadowing the bride and groom, it is recommended that you don’t list them all by name, but list them as a group. For example:

The parents of
Mary Anne Smith
and
Robert Alan Johnston
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
etc.

This way, the parents are acknowledged as the hosts without dedicating three or four lines on your wedding invitation to listing them all.

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