Hosted by Parents

Mentioning one or both sets of parents on your wedding invitations is a traditional (and often sentimental) way of wording your wedding invitations. While you can mention whichever set of parents you’d like (or both), many people base the decision on who will be paying for the wedding. This does not have to be the case in today’s modern environment, as sentiment and respect for your parents can play just as big of a role in whether or not you decide to mention them as money matters. You may decide that you don’t want to mention your parents at all, which is completely fine, and you can find invitation wording examples that mention only the bride and groom.

As for mentioning your parents in the wording, it’s pretty straight forward.  In most cases, the wording is written as if the parents are inviting the guests to attend the wedding such as in the following examples.

Hosted by the Parents

Mr. and Mrs. George Martin
invite you to attend
the marriage of their daughter
Jane Elizabeth
to
John Smith
on February sixteenth…

or

Mr. and Mrs. George Martin
and Mr. and Mrs. James Smith
invite you to attend
the marriage of their children
Jane Elizabeth
to
John Christopher…

For the “invite” line you can also use the following phrases: request the pleasure of your company, request the honor of your presence, cordially invite you to attend, and so on.

More Examples

Here are some additional examples of wedding invitation wording hosted by one or both sets of parents.

Mr. and Mrs. George Martin together with
Mr. and Mrs. James Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of
Jane Elizabeth
to
John Christopher…

The parents of
Jane Martin
and
John Smith
invite you to attend a wedding on…

Jane Martin and John Smith
along with their parents
invite you to attend their wedding
on April seventeenth…

Mentioning Everyone or Extended Families

If you’d like to mention everyone in your wedding invitation wording, that is another great way to do your wording.  The “everyone” you’d like to mention may include your immediate family, grandparents, or others.  Since mentioning every individual name can become tedious, many people will just add “and family” to signify the inclusion of many people.  This also works well with divorces parents and step-parents when there are just too many to mention (or some you may prefer not to mention but want to avoid singling out).

The parents and families of
Jane Martin
and
John Smith
invite you to attend a wedding on…

Together with their families
Jane Martin
and
John Smith
invite you to celebrate
the union of their marriage..
.
Feel free to copy the examples listed in this guide or use them as templates as you create your own.  If you’d like to get a little extra creative check out our creative wedding invitation wording page or our couples hosting page.  Good luck!
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