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Divorced Parents of Bride or Groom Host - Invitation Wording

With the traditional landscape of marriage changing and evolving, more people find themselves the product of two divorced parents. This doesn't have to negatively impact your wedding day, however. In fact, many brides and grooms find their parents able to come together and celebrate their special day in a spirit of unity and joy for their children.

Wedding invitation wording reflecting divorced parents does not need to differ from routine invitation wording. Situations where you'll need to be thoughtful include ones in which stepparents are involved or when a divorced mother wants to use her maiden name. Otherwise, word your invitations in a way that honor and reflect the general theme of your big day.

A few things to consider:

  • If possible, consult with the divorced parents to see how they would like to be listed on the invitation.
  • 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 bride or groom's life.
  • A general rule of thumb states that the parent who's primarily in charge of paying or inviting is listed first.

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

Divorced Father of Bride Hosting Alone

Mr. Garrett Collier
Requests the honour of your presence
At the marriage of
Noreen May
To
Jeremy Alan Hamilton
Friday, the second of March
Two thousand and thirteen
At four o'clock in the afternoon
Trinity Baptist Church
Boston, Massachusetts

Divorced Mother of Bride Hosting Alone

Ms. Stephanie Anne Rockport
Requests the honour of your presence
At the marriage of
Her daughter
Noreen May Collier
To
Jeremy Alan Hamilton
Friday, the second of March
Two thousand and thirteen
At four o'clock in the afternoon
Trinity Baptist Church
Boston, Massachusetts

Divorced Father of Groom Hosting with New Spouse and Groom's Mother

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mayne, Senior
Along with Ms. Annabeth Lisbon
Kindly request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of
Mr. Roger Owen Mayne, Junior
to
Rosemary Barbara Walsh
Saturday, the third of April
Two thousand and thirteen
At two o'clock in the afternoon
Oakwood Forest Dinner Club
Fort Myers, Florida

Divorced Mother of Groom Hosting with New Spouse

Burt and Annabeth Lisbon
Kindly request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of
Her son
Roger Owen Mayne, Junior
to
Rosemary Barbara Walsh
Saturday, the third of April
Two thousand and thirteen
At two o'clock in the afternoon
Oakwood Forest Dinner Club
Fort Myers, Florida

Make It Yours
  • You may choose to omit the bride's last name if it's the same as the parent who plays host.
  • 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.

Casual Options

Divorced Father of Bride Hosting Alone

Garrett Collier
Invites you to celebrate the marriage of
Noreen May
To
Jeremy Alan Hamilton
Friday, March 2, 2012
4:00 pm
Newport Garden Club
Boston, Massachusetts

Divorced Mother of Bride Hosting Alone

Stephanie Rockport
Invites you to witness the union of
Her daughter
Noreen Collier
To
Jeremy Hamilton
Friday, March 2, 2012
4:00 pm
Newport Garden Club
Boston, Massachusetts

Divorced Father of Groom Hosting with New Spouse

Roger and Olivia Mayne
Invite you to join in their celebration
At the marriage of
Roger Owen
to
Rosemary Walsh
Saturday, April 3, 2013
2:00 pm
Oakwood Forest Dinner Club
Fort Myers, Florida

Divorced Mother of Groom Hosting with New Spouse

Burt and Annabeth Lisbon
Kindly invite you to
the marriage of
Her son
Roger Mayne, Jr.
to
Rosemary Walsh
Saturday, April 3, 2013
2:00 pm
Oakwood Forest Dinner Club
Fort Myers, Florida

Make It Yours
  • Mothers may wish to have their full 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.