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Bride, Groom and Parents Host - Invitation Wording

In some instances, multiple parties act as hosts for a wedding. Even if the parents are not actively involved, the bride and groom may wish to include one or both sets of parents on the invitations for various reasons. You may choose to include parents as hosts even if you and your spouse bear the brunt of the financial responsibility.

A few things to consider:

  • When wording invitations that include so many parties, begin with the bride's information first, including her name and the names of her parents.
  • Ceremonies conducted in a religious venue are formally indicated with "request the honour (or honor) of your presence" while other non-religious locations are often indicated with "request the pleasure of your company."

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

Ceremony in a House of Worship #1

Together with their parents
Ms. Andrea Nicole Smith
and
Mr. Timothy Dean Mays
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the twelfth of December
Two thousand twelve
Three o'clock in the afternoon
St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church
San Francisco

Ceremony in a House of Worship #2

Ms. Andrea Nicole Smith
and
Mr. Timothy Dean Mays
Together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Smith &
Mr. and Mrs. Bart Mays
Request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the twelfth of December
Two thousand twelve
Three o'clock in the afternoon
St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church
San Francisco

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

Andrea Nicole Smith
and
Timothy Dean Mays
Together with their parents
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, the twelfth of December
Two thousand twelve
Five o'clock in the evening
Golfair Inn and Club
San Francisco

Ceremony at the Bride's Home – One Set of Parents

Andrea Nicole Smith
and
Timothy Dean Mays
Together with Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Smith
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, the twelfth of December
Two thousand twelve
Three o'clock
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Smith
832 Peacock Lane
San Francisco

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue – One Set of Parents

Andrea Nicole Smith
and
Timothy Dean Mays
Together with Mr. and Mrs. Bart Mays
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, the twelfth of December
Two thousand twelve
Five o'clock in the evening
Golfair Inn and Club
San Francisco

Make It Yours
  • Using Mr., Ms. or Miss is optional for the bride and groom, but expected for the names of parents, unless your invitations are more casual.
  • You may omit courtesy titles for everyone on very casual invitations.
  • You can use "with" or "along with" to divide the names of the parents.
  • Include the location address unless it is being more clearly detailed in another enclosure with your invitation.

Casual Options

Ceremony in a House of Worship

Together with their parents
Andrea Smith
and
Timothy Mays
Invite you to their wedding
Saturday, December 12, 2012
3:00 pm
St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church
San Francisco

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

Andrea and Timothy
Along with their families
Invite you to celebrate
As they join in marriage
Saturday, December 12, 2012
3:00 pm
Bayside Bar and Grille
San Francisco

Casual Option #1

Andrea Smith and Tim Mays
Together with their parents
Nathan and Annette Smith &
Bart and Zora Mays
Invite you to share in their joy
As they get married
Saturday, December 12, 2012
3:00 pm
Bayside Bar and Grille
San Francisco

Casual Option #2

Together with their parents
Andrea & Tim
Wish to invite you to a celebration
As they begin a new life
As man and wife
Please join them for their wedding at the home of Andrea's parents
Nathan & Annette
Saturday, December 12, 2012
3:00 pm
1440 Bayshore Dr.
San Francisco

Make It Yours
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."
  • Mothers may wish to have their full names included in a more modern style of traditional formal wording.
  • On a casual invitation, you can freely select the format for the date, either just showing the Arabic number (e.g., June 18) or you can add the st, nd, rd or th (e.g. June 18th or the 18th of June).