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Divorced Parents with Maiden Name Host - Invitation Wording

Your divorced parent is playing host to your wedding, and she wishes to use her maiden name. There's no reason for your wedding invitation wording to be more difficult in this situation, provided you take a few things into account. Regardless of what etiquette states, your wedding invites should be respectful of all parties involved. Whether or not you choose to include your non-host parent is up to you.

A few things to consider:

  • To make relationships clear on your wedding invitations when last names differ from parent to child, you may wish to include the phrases "daughter of" or "son of."
  • Mothers may wish to have their full names included in a more modern style of traditional formal wording.
  • If the bride's parent plays host, this is who should be listed first on the invitation.

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

Bride's Mother Hosts

Ms. Linda Christine Tyler
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Rosalee Carly Jones
to
Mr. Glenn David Ross
Friday, the ninth of July
Two thousand and twelve
At six o'clock in the evening
Saint Leo's Church
Ithaca, New York

Groom's Mother Hosts

Ms. Gwendolyn Archer
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her son
Mr. Glenn David Ross
to
Ms. Rosalee Carly Jones
Friday, the ninth of July
Two thousand and twelve
At six o'clock in the evening
Saint Leo's Church
Ithaca, New York

Bride's Divorced Parents Host Together

Ms. Linda Christine Tyler
Together with Mr. Stephen Dale Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Rosalee Carly Jones
to
Glenn David Ross
Friday, the ninth of July
Two thousand and twelve
At six o'clock in the evening
Saint Leo's Church
Ithaca, New York

Groom's Father Hosts – Mother Listed

Mr. Hilton Scott Ross
Along with Ms. Gwendolyn Archer
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their son
Mr. Glenn David Ross
to
Ms. Rosalee Carly Jones
Friday, the ninth of July
Two thousand and twelve
At six o'clock in the evening
Saint Leo's Church
Ithaca, New York

Make It Yours
  • Make your invitations consistent for an attractive look and feel. If you include middle names for one party, include them for all. If you omit them for one, omit them for all.
  • You may list any additional details, such as "reception immediately following" or "followed by dinner and entertainment," at the end of the invitation.
  • Divorced parents should be listed on separate lines and should not be joined with "and" which implies they are still married. Instead, choose other wording such as "along with" or "together with."

Casual Options

Bride's Divorced Parents Host Together

Linda Tyler
Along with Stephen Jones
Invite you to the wedding of their daughter
Rosalee Jones
to
Glenn Ross
Friday, July 9, 2012
6:00 pm
Rockfort Garden and Supper Club
Ithaca, New York

Groom's Mother Hosts

Please join in the celebration!
Gwendolyn Archer
Kindly invites you the marriage of
Rosalee Jones
To her son
Glenn Ross
Friday, July 9, 2012
6:00 pm
Rockfort Garden and Supper Club
Ithaca, New York

Bride's Divorced Parents Host Together

Linda Christine Tyler
Together with Stephen Dale Jones
Ask you to join them at the marriage of
Rosalee Carly Jones
to
Glenn David Ross
Friday, July 9, 2012
6:00 pm
Rockfort Garden and Supper Club
Ithaca, New York

Groom's Father Hosts

Hilton Ross
Along with Gwendolyn Archer
Invite you to the wedding of their son
Glenn Ross
to
Rosalee Jones
Friday, July 9, 2012
6:00 pm
Rockfort Garden and Supper Club
Ithaca, New York

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.
  • Be sure to include all pertinent information in your invitations, especially when they are casual.
  • 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).