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How to Word Wedding Invitations When Your Parents Are Divorced

How to Word Wedding Invitations When Your Parents Are Divorced

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Every family is unique, and sometimes those unique situations create tricky situations when wedding planning. Like when your parents are divorced. Should you include both parents on your wedding invitation? What about step-parents?

The truth is – it’s up to you! Every family is different, so do what feels right.

3 Wedding Invitation Etiquette Rules When Your Parents are Divorced

If you’re following old-school etiquette – and we are fans of some traditional wedding etiquette, even in modern times – here are the rules:

  1. Divorced parents’ names never appear on the same line even if they both remain unmarried.
  2. The mother’s name goes first unless the mother is not contributing financially to the wedding. If this is the case, the father’s name goes first.
  3. Traditionally, only the parents’ names appear on the invitation, but it is completely acceptable to include step-parents.

Invite Wording Examples That Includes Both Divorced Parents

This example only includes the bride’s parents (which is most traditional), but should only be used if the bride’s parents are covering all the wedding expenses:

Ginger Lindsay

and

Derek Lindsay

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Maggie Anne Lindsay

to

Brett James Underwood

on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of June

two thousand twenty-seven

at one o'clock in the afternoon

Mason Heights Manor

777 East Grand Avenue

Prairie Fields, Iowa

 

If both of the couple’s parents are financially contributing, but one set is divorced, you can word your invitation like this:

Ginger Lindsay

and

Derek Lindsay

along with Mr. & Mrs. John Underwood

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Maggie Anne

and

Brett James

on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of June

two thousand twenty-seven

at one o'clock in the afternoon

Mason Heights Manor

777 East Grand Avenue

Prairie Fields, Iowa

 

Invite Wording Example That Includes Mom Only 

If just the bride’s mother is inviting, you wording can look like this:

Margaret Harrison

invites you to the marriage of her daughter

Preston Lucille Price

to

Matthew Trevor Scott

on Friday, the twenty-eighth of October

two thousand twenty-seven

at four o'clock in the evening

Sandstone Vineyards

1888 Rodeo Lane

Kuna, Idaho

 

And if you’d like to add the groom’s parents, here’s an option:

Margaret Harrison

and Mr. & Mrs. Hank Scott

invite you to the marriage of their children

Preston Lucille Price

to

Matthew Trevor

on Friday, the twenty-eighth of October

two thousand twenty-seven

at four o'clock in the evening

Sandstone Vineyards

1888 Rodeo Lane

Kuna, Idaho

 

Invite Wording Example That Includes Dad Only 

If just the dad is inviting, there are just a couple tweaks to be made. This wedding invitation wording is more modern too. If you like a traditional wording, simply mix and match with the example above.

Alexander Austin

invites you to the wedding of

Molly Frances

to

Harper Mae Eckhardt

on Saturday July 9th, 2027

at 4 o’clock in the evening

The Venue

142 East Rigby Street

Mason City, Iowa

 

And if you’d like to add the other partner’s parents, here’s an option:

Alexander Austin

and Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Eckhardt

invite you to the wedding of their children

Molly Frances

to

Harper Mae

on Saturday July 9th, 2027

at 4 o’clock in the evening

The Venue

142 East Rigby Street

Mason City, Iowa

 

Invitation Wording Example That Includes Your Stepdad

If you only want to include your step-dad on your wedding invitation, there’s just a little twist on the wording:

Neena and Kenneth Peterson

Invite you to the marriage of Neena’s daughter

Lilly Lee McKinley

to

Hunter Walter Franke

on Saturday, August 25th

two thousand twenty-seven

at one o'clock in the afternoon

Sunflower Hills Farm

19 East Forrest Heights

New Ulm, Minnesota

 

And if you’d like to add your father too, it’s easy:

Max McKinley

along with Neena and Kenneth Peterson

invite you to the marriage of their daughter

Lilly Lee

to

Hunter Walter Franke

on Saturday, August 25th

two thousand twenty-seven

at one o'clock in the afternoon

Sunflower Hills Farm

19 East Forrest Heights

New Ulm, Minnesota

 

Invitation Wording Example That Includes Your Stepmom

Including your step-mom on your wedding invitation can be done easily:

Brandon and Amber Radcliffe

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of Brandon’s daughter

Erin Gabrielle

to

Daniel Thomas Smith

on Saturday, the tenth of November

two thousand twenty-seven

at two o'clock in the afternoon

First Church of God

10 Main Street

Shelby, Ohio

 

To add your mom, or your partner’s parents, follow this example:

Brandon and Amber Radcliffe

along with Reyna Marie

and John and Patricia Smith

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Erin Gabrielle

to

Daniel Thomas

on Saturday, the tenth of November

two thousand twenty-seven

at two o'clock in the afternoon

First Church of God

10 Main Street

Shelby, Ohio

 

Wording Example That Includes Several Step-Parents

If you’d like to include everyone, there are two ways. First, a rather wordy option:

Ava and John Hudson

along with Elise & Christine Hanley,

Owen & Betty Nelson

and Olivia & Addison Martin

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Charlotte Melissa

and

Logan Dennis

on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of December

two thousand twenty-seven

at five o'clock in the evening

Spring Hills

1304 East Harbor Avenue

Greenwood, North Carolina

 

For a far less wordy option, choose this one:

The families of

Charlotte Melissa Hudson

and

Logan Dennis Nelson

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of December

two thousand twenty-seven

at five o'clock in the evening

Spring Hills

1304 East Harbor Avenue

Greenwood, North Carolina

 

We hope you found these examples helpful!  As always, we’re here to help with any questions you have as you customize the wording on your wedding invitations, save the dates and more.

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