I have a question about invitation wording: My fiance and I are paying for the wedding, but we want our parents to be recognized on the invitations anyway. It's important to him to have his mother and her maiden name as well has her remarried last name recognized first in the order (because she's really the matriarch), but we wonder if it's too wordy.
We were going to word it like this: Mrs. Jane Smith Doe wishes for your presence at the union of her daughter Janey Doe to John Jacob son of Mrs. Elizabeth 'Maiden Name' 'Remarried Name' and Mr. James 'Remarried Name' and Mr. Billy Jacob
Do you think that's too long? Do you have any other suggestions?
"Several months ago we hosted a fun going away party for some dear friends. The husband moved immediately while the rest of the family stayed here tying to sell the home. Things with the new job were not as promised/expected, so the husband is back and has found a new and better job here! The couple now wants to host a "We're Staying" party. Any suggestions for the wording of the invitation??"
Can you help Liz? Any suggestions, please comment to this post!
We all expect planning a wedding to be a sea of details, but did you expect the tidal wave of etiquette difficulties too? Here are the basics, so you can spend your precious time planning the fun stuff. The standard, formal wording meant for a wedding paid for by the bride’s parents is:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Ellen Anne to Theodore Edward Jones at the Seal Beach Club Saturday, the Seventeenth of May At four o’clock
If bride's parents are divorced, the mother's name traditionally goes on the first line and the father's name on the second line separated by the word "and". The same layout fits if both sets of parents will be hosting. If Bride's parents are hosting, but would like to include grooms parents on the invitation, the invitation is generally phrased like this:
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Jones request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Anne Catherine to Theodore Joseph Johnson son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Johnson etc.
A deceased parent may be mentioned using the following form, since they are unable to formally host the wedding.
Maria Louise Jones daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Jones and the late Mark Allen Jones and John Matthew Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Smith request the honour of your presence at their marriage etc
If you are getting married at a place other than a place of worship, then use the phrase “request the pleasure of your company” instead. Formal wedding invitations never use “a.m” or “p.m.”, they use “o’clock”. Jewish weddings use the joining word "and" instead of "to" between the bride and groom's names. Also in Jewish weddings, both the bride and groom's parents always appear on the invitation.
Many people are choosing a non-traditional wedding and tossing all the traditional formalities to the wayside. Even though you are letting your creativity shine through, don’t forget to mention 1) who is sponsoring the event, 2) what the invitation is for, 3) what day the event will take place, 4) what time the event will take place, 5) where it will be held, and 6) if there is a reception following and at the same location or someplace else. Here are a few suggestions for less formal invitations:
We're getting married!
You're invited to attend our wedding event On Saturday, September 2, 2011 Sunrise 7am Wild Park Yellowstone, CA
John & Lisa
Our marriage will be a fairy tale…
Jeri Lynne And Ben Scott
Invite you to share in the joy when they exchange marriage vows and begin their new life together on Sunday April 16, 2009 at 4:00 in the afternoon etc.
Please join us as Lucy Jane and Larry Marcus Follow their dreams together in marriage October 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm etc.
The stars & heaven brought us together.
Katie Ann and Jimmy
Invite you to join us for a wedding under the stars to celebrate the beginning of our marriage on December 1, 2009 etc
Hear ye, Hear ye. Let it be heard that on the 29th of June, 2013 Sylvia Anne and Barry James will be united in Holy Matrimony.
Your presence is requested by the parents of the bride Sam & Diane Tilton to join in this celebration of love at 2 pm in the afternoon etc
Please join us For a celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family as Margarite Salida Romerez and Robert Scott Titus Join their hands in holy matrimony Friday, June 28, 2017 etc
Some people want to acknowledge that this is there second wedding, with wording such as:
Please join us As we celebrate new beginnings, new dreams, new love at the marriage of Brad Alex Beck and Lola Anne Zigler Sunday, April 4, 2008 5 o'clock in the afternoon Salinas Botanic Garden, CA Dinner and dancing to follow
Second weddings with children, may want to honor their children by mentioning them in the invitation. Here are a couple examples:
Please join Janelle Anna Marie and Matthew Luke Perry as they exchange marriage vows and together with their son, Quinn, celebrate their family etc.
Please join us At a celebration Of the marriage of Linda Peters and Peter Zigler Friedman And The family of Molly, Ned, Lindley, and Elise Etc.
There is no better time to throw a party than when somebody is trading in their career for some well deserved rest and relaxation! Below are some wording suggestions for the invitation. As with other party invitations, don’t forget to include the date and time, the location, and RSVP information.
You’re invited to a retirement luncheon Honoring Scott Wilson
After 30 years of service Jesse Ceccon is retiring from Beuller County Fire Department.
Please join us in wishing Janet Smith a fond farewell!
The Squire Group requests the pleasure of your company at a retirement dinner in honor of Mr. Ted Hayse
The California Department of Fish and Game Announces the retirement of Caroline Mcknight After 27 years of wonderful service and dedication.
After 47 years of service, Thomas Payne is retiring from Alpaca Fleece Incorporated. The pleasure of your company is requested at a reception in his honor
David Smith has called it a day! Come celebrate his retirement with family and friends.
Joe has punched his clock for the last time. His daily grind is being left behind. No more meetings or pages to fax. Is time for him to kick back and relax!
After years of hard work and dedication, It is time for Tina to take a vacation! Please join us as we offer her best wishes in her retirement.
Ted Smith is retiring, he's put in his time, he leaves us now with warm plans in mind Just relaxing… he'll be taking life slow at home in the garden or perhaps Mexico!
Forget the black tie, it’s no formal affair. Just come as you are for that casual flair. We’ll drink and laugh as we all reminisce, It’s a gathering for a friend that will surely be missed.
Too quickly the time has passed us by, Now it’s time for us to say good-bye. Please join us to wish Ned the very best, As he starts his long and well deserved rest.
Office walls are now his past He’s retiring to the sunny shores at last!