Wording for Formal Wedding Invitations When Divorced Parent Is Hosting With New Spouse

by THE KNOT

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Miller
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Karen Percy Miller
daughter of Ms. Rachel M. Wood
to Michael Francis Jacobson
Saturday, the seventeenth of May
two thousand and eighteen
at half past four in the afternoon

or

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Miller
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his daughter
Karen Percy Miller
daughter of Ms. Rachel M. Wood
to Michael Francis Jacobson
Saturday, the seventeenth of May
two thousand and eighteen
at half past four in the afternoon

Note:

  • Please note, if the bride would like all parents listed on the invitation, you may list the nonhosting parents (as well as their relationship to the bride and/or groom) below the request line.
  • It is not customary to list the bride's last name; but in instances where more than one parent is hosting and the last name is not obvious, it is best to list to avoid confusion.
  • "request the honor of your presence" is traditionally only used if the ceremony is taking place in a house of worship.

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Q&A: Invitation Wording: Include All Parents' Names on Invites?

My fiance's dad and my dad are both paying for our wedding, and we don't know how to do our invitations. His parents are both remarried, while neither of mine are. I think that even though our mothers aren't contributing financially, their names should appear on our invites (although I'm not sure if both fathers will be as generous -- but we'll deal with that next time).

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