Wedding Invitation Wording

Helpful tips on how to word your invites

The following are general examples of correct invitation wording, so if you don't see your particular situation outlined below, take the appropriate information from a close example and inquire about the remaining specifics with your stationer, or check an etiquette book such as BRIDE'S Book of Etiquette, available for purchase at our bookstore (condenet.com/books).
Traditionally, the bride's parents are the hosts of the wedding, and are named at the top of the invitation. Hosts do not necessarily pay for the event, but are simply honored as a sign of respect.



When the bride's parents host the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski
*request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter, Colleen Marie
to
Ryan Michael Cronin
Saturday, the twenty-third of May
at four o'clock
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
New York, New York



When the groom's parents are included on the invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski
*request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter,
Colleen Marie
to
Ryan Michael Cronin,
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rigby Cronin
Saturday, the twenty-third of May, etc.

or

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski
and
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rigby Cronin
*request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding reception of their children,
Colleen Marie and Ryan Michael
Saturday, the twenty-third of May, etc.



Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the invitation is sent by the parent who raised her.

When the bride's divorced parents are both listed on the invitation:

Diane Jean Chrzanowski (or Mrs.Robert Cheney, if remarried)
and
Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski (or Mr. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski)
*request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter,
Colleen Marie to
Ryan Michael Cronin, etc.

When the couple would like to host the event themselves:

*The honour of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Miss Colleen Marie Chrzanowski
to
Mr. Ryan Michael Cronin
Saturday, the twenty-third of May, etc.

A simple way to add everyone when the couple would like to include their families (divorced or married) and host their own wedding:

Colleen Marie Chrzanowski and Ryan Michael Cronin
together with their parents
*request the pleasure of your company at their wedding, etc.

*Only ceremonies taking place in houses of worship should have the phrase "the honour of your presence" used on the invitations. Otherwise, it's appropriate to use "request the pleasure of your company."

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