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

Q: My parents, who will be hosting our wedding, are both retired Army Lieutenant Colonels. How do we properly word their names and titles on the invitations? I want to include my mother's title as well as my dad's.

A: Give each parent his or her own line on the invite and use complete titles:Lieutenant Colonel Richard Scott JohnsonUnited States Army, RetiredandLieutenant Colonel Barbara Dixon JohnsonUnited States Army, Retiredrequest the honor of your presenceat the marriage oftheir daughterAnna Maria Johnsonetc.You may want to ask your parents about service etiquette; they may put you in touch with someone who can confirm that this wording is appropriate or give you additional information.


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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot