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When it comes to whose names are printed on a wedding invitation, modern life can make things a little confusing. Gone is the time when the wedding invitation was issued only by the bride's parents (as hosts, this meant their names headed the lineup). These days, many different people-including the bride and groom-can (and do) host the wedding and issue the invitation. Today's complex family structures (parents are divorced, widowed, remarried, and so on) only further complicate matters when it comes to invitation wording.
Beyond the name game, it's also important that the content of your invitation is clearly organized. It should give guests the following details: who, what (ceremony and/or reception), when, and where, plus directions or a map (especially if the ceremony and reception are in two different places).

Here are 10 common invitation wording solutions:
Mr. and Mrs. John David Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr. and Mrs. John David Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Anthony Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Malcolm Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Ms. Mary Ann Smith
to their son
Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr. and Mrs. John David Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Malcolm Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
The honor of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Ms. Mary Ann Smith
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Together with their families
Ms. Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brown
and
Mr. and Mrs. John David Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Mary Ann Smith
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr./Mrs. John David Smith
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his/her daughter
Mary Ann
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brown
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Brown's daughter
Mary Ann Smith
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts
Ms. Patricia Carnegie Smith (maiden and married surnames)
or
Ms. Patricia Carnegie (maiden name)

requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Ann Smith
to
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand and eight
at four o'clock
Good Shepherd Church
Andover, Massachusetts