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Blended Family Wedding - Invitation Wording

The days of the traditional nuclear family – one dad, one mom and children – are changing. Today's bride and groom often have to figure out how to include blended family members in their wedding invitations. You may have a non-nuclear arrangement due to death, remarriage or other reasons. It can be tricky to come up with the perfect wording, but with some thought, you can create invites that are inclusive and clear.

A few things to consider:

  • The time to air any family grievances is not on a wedding invitation. You want to make people feel included, so choose your wording carefully.
  • Decide if you will want to include a divorced parent's new spouse if this is applicable. While not necessary, it is a nice gesture, particularly if the new spouse has been very involved in the child's life.
  • Traditional etiquette dictates that only the host(s), bride and groom are mentioned on an invitation. If you want a more inclusive invitation that showcases your unique blended family, you can be creative.

Here are some specific examples for formal and casual occasions.

To make these options fit your needs, just change the names, dates and location information. For additional help on creating your wedding invitation wording, be sure to look for the "Make It Yours" information blocks for additional tips.

Formal Options

Second Marriage – Children from Both Sides Host

Ms. Ginger Perry and Mr. Alexander Perry
And
Mr. Thomas Martinez
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding
Of their parents
Ms. Maria Walton
To
Mr. Richard Martinez
Saturday, the eighth of August
Two thousand and thirteen
At half past four in the afternoon
San Gabriel Church
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Simply Stated

Together with their families
Maria Walton and Richard Martinez
Request the honor of your presence
At their wedding
Saturday, the eighth of August
Two thousand and thirteen
At half past four in the afternoon
San Gabriel Church
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bride's Divorced, Remarried Parents Host

Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Rose
And
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wilkes
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of
Ms. Hannah Lynn Wilkes
To
Mr. George Tyler Jeffries
Saturday, the ninth of April
Two thousand and thirteen
Three o'clock in the afternoon
Trinity Church
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Groom's Divorced, Remarried Parents Host

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nelson
And
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Jeffries
Request the honor of your presence
At the wedding of
George Tyler Jeffries
To Hannah Lynn Wilkes
Saturday, the ninth of April
Two thousand and thirteen
Three o'clock in the afternoon
Trinity Church
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Make It Yours
  • If the various surnames are likely to confuse your guests as to who's who, you can instead add the simple phrase "Together with their families" or "Along with their families."
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."
  • Begin with the bride's name or bride's family's name first.

Casual Options

Second Marriage – Children from Both Sides Host

Ginger and Alexander Perry
And
Thomas Martinez
Request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding
Of their parents
Maria Walton
To
Richard Martinez
Saturday, August 8, 2013
4:30 pm
Shoreline Club and Resort
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Simply Stated

Together with their families
Maria Walton and Richard Martinez
Invite you to their wedding
Saturday, August 8, 2013
4:30 pm
Shoreline Club and Resort
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bride's Divorced, Remarried Parents Host

Lionel and Mary Rose
And
Norman and Jeanette Wilkes
Request the honor of your company
At the wedding of
Hannah Wilkes
To
George Jeffries
Saturday, April 9, 2013
3:00 pm
Trinity Church
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Remarried Parent Hosts With Stepparent

Ross and Wanda Jeffries
Invite you to the wedding of his son
George Jeffries
To
Hannah Wilkes
Saturday, April 9, 2013
3:00 pm
Three o'clock in the afternoon
Charter House Hotel
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Make It Yours
  • You may omit courtesy titles for everyone on very casual invitations.
  • You may choose to omit the bride's last name if it's the same as the parent who plays host.
  • If the bride's or groom's parents have remarried, carefully consider how to list the new spouses' names in order to be respectful of everyone.