How to word your wedding invitations :: How to include parents

Let’s face it. There are many different parental situations out there. Too many to probably count. (Surely, I’ve missed some.) I’m going to attempt to give you the skinny of what is appropriate if you’d like to include parents in your invitation. You can see an example of a traditional, bride’s parents issuing the invitation in my previous blog post and other wording advice under Wedding Wording, Tips, and Etiquette categories. And, of course, if you have a unique situation, let me know and I will give you my best solution.


Bride’s parents are divorced, but issuing the invitation (read: paying for the event):

Bride’s parents are divorced, groom’s parents are married and the two are splitting costs for the event:

Bride’s parents are married, groom’s parents are divorce and the two are splitting costs for the event:

Both sets of parents are divorced and splitting costs for the event:



Groom’s parents are issuing the invitation:

Often times, I have couples where the bride’s parents are paying for the wedding, but the couple would like to still include the groom’s parents on the invitation. A nice way to do this is by listing them beneath the groom.

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