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Divorced Parent with Stepparent Host - Invitation Wording

Your parents are divorced and now your mother or father will play host to your wedding with your stepparent.

There are several ways to word your wedding invitations to show the host relationship while being respectful to both former and current spouses. Some brides and grooms choose to include the non-host parent, but etiquette rules don't demand this. The choice is yours, so carefully consider your relationship to all involved parties when wording your invites.

A few things to consider:

  • If possible, consult with the divorced parents to see how they would like to be listed on the invitation.
  • 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.
  • Think about how involved your stepparent has been in your life in order to reflect this relationship on your invitations.

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

Mother and Stepfather Host

With joyful hearts,
Kurt and Patricia Hale
invite you to the marriage ceremony uniting her daughter
Tina Joya Gatsby
to
Warren Holtz
Saturday, the twenty-first of October
Two thousand and thirteen
At three o'clock
Lakeside Dining Hall
Akron, Ohio

Mother and Stepfather Host – Father Listed

With joyful hearts,
Kurt and Patricia Hale
invite you to the marriage ceremony uniting her daughter
Tina Joya Gatsby
Daughter of Henry Gatsby
to
Warren Holtz
Saturday, the twenty-first of October
Two thousand and thirteen
At three o'clock
Lakeside Dining Hall
Akron, Ohio

Father and Stepmother Host – House of Worship

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Butler
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of his daughter
Thomasina Kay
To
Mr. James Michael Gilbert
Saturday, the eighth of June
Two thousand thirteen
At half past three in the afternoon
St. Andrew's Methodist Church
Omaha, Nebraska

Father and Stepmother Host – Remarried Mother Listed

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Butler
Along with Mrs. Holly Baker
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of his daughter
Thomasina Kay
To
Mr. James Michael Gilbert
Saturday, the eighth of June
Two thousand thirteen
At half past three in the afternoon
St. Andrew's Methodist Church
Omaha, Nebraska

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 can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."
  • You may choose to omit the bride's last name if it's the same as the parent who plays host.

Casual Options

Mother and Stepfather Host

Kurt and Patricia Hale
Invite you to celebrate
As her daughter
Tina Gatsby
Marries
Warren Holtz
Saturday, October 21, 2013
3:00 pm
Lakeside Dining Hall
Akron, Ohio

Mother and Stepfather Host – Father Listed

With joyful hearts,
Kurt and Patricia Hale
invite you to celebrate the marriage of her daughter
Tina Joya Gatsby
Daughter of Henry Gatsby
to
Warren Holtz
Saturday, October 21, 2013
3:00 pm
Lakeside Dining Hall
Akron, Ohio

Father and Stepmother Host – House of Worship

Thomas and Raye Butler
Invite you to celebrate
the wedding of his daughter
Thomasina Kay
To
James Gilbert
Saturday, June 8, 2013
3:30 pm
St. Andrew's Methodist Church
Omaha, Nebraska

Father and Stepmother Host – Remarried Mother Listed

Thomas and Raye Butler
Along with Holly Baker
Invite you to celebrate
At the wedding of
Thomasina Kay
To
James Gilbert
Saturday, June 8, 2013
3:30 pm
St. Andrew's Methodist Church
Omaha, Nebraska

Make It Yours
  • When listing a non-host parent, place their name on a separate line, as only married people should be joined by "and."
  • If you wish to include a non-host parent, you may include them with the wording "along with" or "the daughter of" or "the son of."
  • You may list any additional details, such as "reception immediately following" or "followed by dinner and entertainment," at the end of the invitation.