How to properly word my wedding invitations?

by DIY wedding planner on January 17, 2013

I am making my own wedding invitations. I have a fairly unique situation with my family and would like opinions (based on experience would be even better) on how to word my wedding invites. We want the grooms and my parents names included as they are all hosting. My husband to be’s parents are still married. My mother and father are divorced (neither remarried) but they still share the same last name. How should it be worded and in what order should they be mentioned? Thanks!

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Barrett January 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

We having dis bangin’ wedding yo!
swing by if you can.
don’t forget the gifts.
Hola!

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Amy January 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

Personally, I wouldn’t bother with the parents’ names at all. No one really cares. But to answer your question, just go to the knot.com and click on invites. They will have examples for all interations of parents alive/dead/divorced/remarried, etc.

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Ashley D January 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Just write “Together with their families” and save yourself the headache.

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Poodie January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Together with their parents
Andie Lee Doe
and
John Lee Smith
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

There is no need to indicate who is paying for what on the invitation.

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joinme4coffee January 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

It’s your invitations and if you want to list all parents because they are paying, then do so. There’s nothing wrong and it’s actually proper to honor the hosts. The correct way to word it would be:

Mr. John Smith
Mrs. Mary Smith
Mr & Mrs. Tom Jones
Cordially invite you to the marriage of their children
Miss Sue Smith
and
Mr. Mike Jones

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Katey January 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Jane and Mark Smith
and
Cathy and Andrew Butler
invite you to the attend the marriage of their children
Sally Smith
and
Ryan Butler
…… etc

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_k3L!a? January 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Im a graphic designer and have been designing invitations for years. Honestly, I like wedding invites coming from the bride and groom. Just sounds better to me. If you want your parents names on the invitation, it will sound like its coming from them. Here are two samples without and with parents names.

SAMPLE 1: FROM BRIDE AND GROOM

Two lives, two hearts
joined together in friendship
united forever in love
It is with joy that we,
Elizabeth Chutney
and
Mark Siegel
invite you to share
in a celebration of love
as we exchange our marriage
vows
Saturday, the second of June
two thousand eighteen
four o’clock in the afternoon
St. Michael’s Church
887 Stanley Road
Wichita, Kansas

SAMPLE 2: FROM PARENTS

Mr. and Mrs. Tomas Kling
and
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Langston
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children
Ashley Marie Kling
and
Patrick Everett Langston
on Saturday, the twelfth of April
two thousand eighteen
at eleven o’clock in the morning
San Bay Yacht Club
42 Burgundy Drive
Los Angeles, California

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sambo January 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

How ever you want them. It’s your wedding

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bostonGKR January 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Ms. Nancy Smith and Mr. Donald Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Kathy Jones
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Donna Anne Smith
and
Andrew Richard Jones
date, time, place

or

Donna Anne Smith
daughter of Ms. Nancy Smith and Mr. Donald Smith
and
Andrew Richard Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Kathy Jones
request the pleasure of your company
as they exchange marriage vows
date, time, place

or

Together with their parents,
Donna Anne Smith
and
Andrew Richard Jones
request the pleasure of your company
as they exchange marriage vows
date, time, place

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babycakes January 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

John Jones & Sally Bill

Together with their parents

William Jones & Margaret Jones
and
Ron Smith & Judy Bill

Invite you to join them on their wedding day…

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CrazyChick January 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

It’s not that unique, actually. When you are putting your parents names in, you would say “Mr. Jim Smith and Ms. Jane Smith” and your fiance’s parents would be “Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Jones.”

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Lydia January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

You are doing the right thing – all parents should be included, no matter who is hosting/paying.

An example of how to do it in this case -

Lisa Mary,
daughter of Frank Smith and Mary Smith,
and
Mark William,
son of John and Susan Green,
request the honour of your presence…..

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