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Bride and Groom's Children Host - Invitation Wording

While it's traditional for the bride or groom's parents to host the nuptials, there may be occasions when the children of the engaged couple play host. This may be for a second or subsequent marriage, or for a renewal of vows. Invitation wording when children host can be similar to wording when parents host, along with formal and casual variations.

A few things to consider:

  • If the wedding is a second marriage following a divorce, you don't have to specify that in the invitation.
  • List the bride's name first as you traditionally do for any wedding invitation.
  • Casual invitations offer a lot of room for personalization.

Here are some specific formal and casual examples.

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

General Invitation Wording – Second Marriage

Mr. Andrew Larson and Ms. Julie Larson
Request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding of their parents
Ms. Lacy Jackson to
Mr. Bruce Larson
Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Riverdale Dining Club
Los Angeles, California

General Invitation Wording – Renewal of Vows

Mr. Andrew Larson and Ms. Julie Larson
Request the pleasure of your company
At a renewal of vows ceremony for their parents
Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Lacy Larson
Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Riverdale Dining Club
Los Angeles, California

Ceremony in a House of Worship – Renewal of Vows

Mr. Andrew Larson and Ms. Julie Larson
Request the honour of your presence
At a renewal of vows ceremony for their parents
Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Lacy Larson
Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
Los Angeles, California

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue – Second Marriage for Mother

Mr. Andrew Larson and Ms. Julie Larson
Request your company
At the wedding of their mother
Ms. Lacy Jackson
To Mr. Steven Summers
Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Eastside Garden Club
Los Angeles, California

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue – Second Marriage for Father

Mr. Andrew Larson and Ms. Julie Larson
Kindly request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding of
Ms. Stephanie Bennett
To their father
Mr. Bruce Larson
Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Eastside Garden Club
Los Angeles, California

Make It Yours
  • While the use of courtesy titles for the bride and groom are often optional when the parents host, it's respectful to use them for the bride and groom when children act as hosts.
  • You may omit courtesy titles (Mr., Mrs. and Miss) for everyone on very casual invitations.
  • If the children host their father's wedding to a woman who isn't their mother, the bride should still be listed first.

Casual Options

Casual Invitation Wording – Renewal of Vows

Andrew and Julie
Invite you to celebrate
A renewal of vows for their parents
Bruce and Lacy
Saturday, June 9, 2012
5:00 pm
Gala Hotel Lobby
Los Angeles, California

Second Marriage for Mother

You are invited to celebrate the marriage of
Lacy Larson to
Steven Summers
Hosted by Lacy's children
Andrew and Julie
Saturday, June 9, 2012
5:00 pm
Gala Hotel Lobby
Los Angeles, California

Second Marriage for Father

Andrew and Julie Larson
Invite you to celebrate the wedding of
Stephanie Bennett
To their father
Bruce Larson
Saturday, June 9
5:00 pm
Eastside Garden Club
Los Angeles, California

Ceremony in a House of Worship - Second Marriage for Same Parents

Andrew & Julie
Kindly request the honor of your presence
At the second marriage
Of their parents
Bruce and Lacy Larson
Saturday, June 9
5:00 pm
St. Matthew's United Church
Los Angeles, California

Make It Yours
  • You may wish to distinguish a renewal of vows ceremony from a subsequent marriage in the invitation.
  • However, you do not have to specify this is a second marriage in the invitation unless you want to.
  • You may list any additional details, such as "reception immediately following" or "followed by dinner and entertainment," at the end of the invitation.