Traditional Wording for a Wedding Invitation Hosted by Both Parents

by Christine LaFleur

If both parents of the bride and groom are hosting a wedding, it is important that this is made clear in the invitation. There are a number of ways to do this including naming both sets of parents, referring to their last names only or referring to them as "the families" and providing full names for the bride and groom.

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Names of Both Sets of Parents (Beginning)

The names of both sets of parents can be found in the beginning of the invitation to immediately draw attention to the people hosting the wedding. Mr. and Mrs. James Donahue and Mr. and Mrs. Dylan Spears invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children Alicia Marie Donahue and Kevin Allen Spears on Saturday, the fifth of April at eleven o'clock in the morning First Baptist Church 42 Montpelier Drive San Francisco, California

Names of Both Sets of Parents (Ending)

The names of both sets of parents can come at the end of the invitation if the bride and groom choose to open their invitation with a mention of God or something else that is important to them. God has led two lives to take one path the honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Jasmine Erhardt and Jeff Withers on Sunday, the nineteenth of April, two thousand fourteen at five o'clock in the evening First Baptist Church 770 Lexington Avenue Dover, Delaware Doctor and Mrs. Erhardt & Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Withers

Last Names Only

If both parents are hosting the wedding, you may use only their last names to indicate that they are hosting and use the first and middle names of the bride and groom. The Jewel and Diamond families invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children Jennifer Ann and Ethan Luke on Saturday, the twelfth of July, two thousand eleven at eleven o'clock in the morning Lake DeGray Lakeview Road Sacramento California Reception immediately following ceremony


If the bride and groom would like to have their full names on the invitation, a mention of "families" will indicate that both families are hosting the wedding. The families of Jessica Rene Babberl and Daniel Raymond Morris invite you to join in the celebration of their marriage Saturday, September 6, 2013 at 6 o'clock in the evening The Peabody Hotel 2121 Commerce Drive Little Rock, Arkansas Reception to follow the ceremony

About the Author

Christine LaFleur began her writing career in 2010. She has a featured blog on the What To Expect website, where she writes about her experiences in pregnancy and parenting. LaFleur holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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