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Wedding Invitation Etiquette ~

Destination Wedding

Wording Your Invitation - Examples (For Nearly Every Social Situation of Weddings)

First Marriage

Invitation Issued by Brides Parents (Standard form)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adam Chase
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Lou
to
Mr. Gerald Hugh
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
at a ten o'clock Nuptial Mass
Saint Joseph's Cathedral
121 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Nuptial Mass (Note the use of "and" rather than "to")

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adam Chase
request the honour of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter
Mary Lou
and
Mr. Gerald Hugh
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
at a ten o'clock in the morning
Saint Joseph's Cathedral
121 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Invitation Issued by Bride and Groom's Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Jullian Alfred Dexter
and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mr. and Mrs. Jullian Alfred Dexter
and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children

Invitation Issued by the Groom's Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Benjamin Moor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Brenda Delcroix
to their son
Mr. Michael Evan Moor

Invitation Issued by Bride and Groom

Miss Louisa Marie Parker
and
Mr. Harold Jorgen Buczko
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

Invitation Issued by Friends

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Randolph Jacobson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Julia Anne Smith
to
Mr. Kevin Richard Arnoldson

Invitation Issued by Adult Children

Matthew Manning Smith
Daniel Joseph Smith
Angela Smith Richardson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their mother (parents)
Josephine Manning Smith
to
Brent Harold Darnell

Second Marriages

The divorcee uses a combination of married and maiden name

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ralph Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Smith Johnson

However, if the bride is a widow

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ralph Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Smith Johnson

Invitation Issued by Divorced Parents

Mrs. Virginia Nelson Wright
Mr.Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Louse Wright

Bride's Divorced, Not-Remarried Mother Issues Invitation
The mother uses a combination of her married and maiden name

Mrs. Virginia Nelson Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright

Bride's Divorced, Not-Remarried Father Issues Invitation

Mr. Thomas Ethan Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Mary Louise Wright

Mother and Stepfather Issue Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright
or
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Richardson's daughter
Mary Louise Wright
or (only mother is inviting)
Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright

Divorced Father and Stepmother Issue Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Mary Louise WriSght
or
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mr. Wright's daughter
Mary Louise Wright

Invitation Issued by More than Two Sets of Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Armstrong Baxter
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Johnson Richardson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children

One Deceased Parent

When the Living Parent has Not Remarried

Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise

When the Living Parent Has Remarried

Mr. and Mrs. John Ivan Koslov
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright
or
Mr. and Mrs. John Ivan Koslov
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Louise Wright
(Obviously you should check with the bride for this one)

When both Parents are Deceased

Invitation Issued by Older Brother or Sister

Miss Janice Su-Ling Yang
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her sister
Deborah An-Mei Yangor
or(if married)
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Walker
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her sister
Deborah An-Mei Yang

Invitation Issued by Grandparents

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Windell McPhera
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their granddaughter
Susan Alexis McLory

Double Weddings

When Brides are Sisters

(older bride mentioned first)
Mr. and Mrs. Steven George Jafee
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters
Mary Helento Ronald Gates Gressakand
Karen Judithto Paul Dupre Ducat

When Brides are not Sisters

(older bride and family mentioned first)
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thomas Wrightand
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Victor Buczko
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters
Deborah Sally Wright
to
Mr. Micah Mordecai Smith
and Iris Ramsey Buczko
to
Paul Louis Saulsman

Military Weddings

Officers above the rank of Lieutenant have their title before their name

Major and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Felicia Ann
to
Captain Benjamin Bruce Thomas
United States Navy

Junior officers have their title on the same line as the branch of service, but listed beforehand

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Felicia Ann
to
Benjamin Bruce Thomas
First Lieutenant, United States Army

A rank below that of Sergeant is not indicated

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Felicia Ann
to
Benjamin Bruce Thomas
United States Army

 

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