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Bride Parents Host - Invitation Wording

Traditionally, a bride's parents are responsible for most wedding events. Today's bride often has more control over planning her big day, but many parents still look forward to giving their daughter away. When only the bride's parents play host, you still may find a lot of room for variation, depending on the venue, as well as circumstances where the parents have divorced and remarried other spouses.

A few things to consider:

  • Use your invitation to convey important information with the words you choose.
  • 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."
  • Casual invitations offer a lot of room for personalization.

Here are some specific 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

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Flanigan
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of Nora Jane Flanigan
To Spencer John Roberts
Saturday, the fifth of August
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
St. Mark's Church
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jewish Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Flanigan
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of Nora Jane Flanigan
and Spencer John Roberts
Saturday, the fifth of August
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Congregation Beth Shalom
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Casual Invitation Wording

Lawrence and Anita Flanigan
Invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Nora and Spencer
Saturday, August 5, 2012
5:00 pm
Grand Hotel Paradise Room
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Flanigan
Request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding of Nora Jane
To Spencer John
Saturday, the fifth of August
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Marian Heart Wedding Chapel
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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.
  • For a Jewish ceremony, use "and" between the names of the bride and groom instead of "to."

Casual Options

Family Variations #1

Lawrence Flanigan
And Anita George
Request the pleasure of your company
As their daughter Nora Jane
Exchanges wedding vows with
Spencer John
Saturday, the fifth of August
Two thousand and twelve
Five o'clock
Marian Heart Wedding Chapel
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Family Variations #2

Lawrence Flanigan & Marsha Flanigan &
Tony George & Anita Flanigan George
Kindly invite you to celebrate as
Nora Jane Spencer weds
Spencer John Roberts
On Saturday, August 5, 2012
5:00 pm
Marian Heart Wedding Chapel
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Casual Option #1

Lawrence and Anita Flanigan
Invite you to the wedding of
Nora and Spencer
Saturday, August 5, 2012
5:00 pm
Join us in our home
At 678 Canyon Parkway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Casual Option #2

Lawrence and Anita
Invite you to join them as their daughter
Nora marries Spencer
On August 5, 2012
5:00 pm
Hillsdale Club
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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 (first and middle names) included in a more modern style of traditional formal wording.
  • If the bride's parents have remarried, carefully consider how to list the new spouses' names in order to be respectful of everyone.