Wedding Invitation Wording Examples: Tricky Host Line

Wedding Invitation wording examples

The host line on your wedding invitations (i.e. who requests your guests’ presence) indicates who is paying for, (or hosting in a more general sense) your wedding.  Whether your hosting situation is traditional or far from it, these wedding invitation wording examples will help you figure out how best position that tricky wording conundrum.

Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

How do I word my wedding invitations when…

The bride’s parents are hosting?

Married couples typically follow the following format:

 

Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Sutton

Request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of

David Cannon

to their daughter

Sarah Gilbert

 

Married couples with different surnames can be written as:

Ms. Silvia Marie Goetsch and Mr. John Robert Sutton

 

The groom’s parents are hosting?

Example 1 (formal)

 

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cannon

Request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of

Sarah Gilbert

to their son

David Cannon

 

Example 2 (less formal)

Matthew & Valentina Cannon

Joyfully invite you

to the wedding celebration of

Sarah Gilbert

&

David Cannon

 

Groom’s parents and bride’s parents are co-hosing?

If both sets of parents are sharing expenses, list both sets as hosts, beginning with the bride’s family.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith

and

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gringo

invite you to share in the ceremony

uniting their children

Jessica Marie

to

Francis Christopher Gringo

 

 The couple is hosting?

Example 1

Miss Sarah Nichole Williams

and

Mr. Andrew David Douglas

together with their parents

request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage

 

Example 2

Miss Sarah Nichole Williams

and

Mr. Andrew David Douglas

request the honour of your presence

at their marriage

 

Divorced parents are hosting?

List each parent’s name on a separate line, starting with mom, without an “and” between them. If your mother has not remarried, preface her name with “Mrs.” and include her first name, maiden name, then married name.

Mr. Kilian Byrne

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hopkins

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Sarah Nichole

to

Andrew David Douglas

 

Divorced parents (who are remarried) are hosting?

Traditionally, only the parent’s names are listed, but nowadays, also including your stepparents’ names is perfectly acceptable.  List your mother’s name (and new husband’s) first, along with your last name.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Christopher Dannenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Andronico Cukar

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Lily Darleene Cukar

 

One or both of my parents have passed away?

If you feel strongly about including a deceased parent on your wedding invitation, it is perfectly acceptable to do so. Courtesy titles are omitted, and the wording should make it clear that the deceased parent is not the one inviting guests, using a phrase such as “the late” before the name.

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