Wedding Invitation Etiquette

When writing a wedding invitation, the use of the word “and” signifies union or marriage. We often see the misuse of the word “and” in the beginning of a wedding invitation when you are indicating who is hosting a wedding. When writing a wedding invitation, the first few lines should give a good indication of […]

When writing a wedding invitation, the use of the word “and” signifies union or marriage. We often see the misuse of the word “and” in the beginning of a wedding invitation when you are indicating who is hosting a wedding. When writing a wedding invitation, the first few lines should give a good indication of who is hosting the wedding, be it the bride & groom, bride’s partents, groom’s parents or both. If you have a divorced couple or two different couples hosting the event, they should not be adjoined by the word “and”, as obviously the bride and groom’s parents are not to be wed. They should be listed one on top of the other, bride or women first.

Below are some examples of how to properly word the beginning of your wedding invitation…

Bride’s Parents Hosting the Wedding

Sarah and William Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Kalen Marie
to
Mr. James Thomas Horton

Bride’s Divorced Parents Hosting Wedding

Ms. Sarah Smith
Mr. William Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Kalen Marie
to
Mr. James Thomas Horton

Bride & Groom’s Parents Hosting Wedding

Sarah and William Smith
Catelyn and Thomas Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Kalen Marie
and
James Thomas

Bride & Groom Hosting Wedding

Kalen Marie Smith
and
James Thomas Horton
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

OR

You are cordially invited
to attend the marriage of
Kalen Marie Smith
to
James Thomas Horton

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