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Omitting Titles - Wedding Invitation Wording

Today's couples like to explore their options when it comes to wording their wedding invitations. Traditional rules sometimes fall by the wayside when a bride and groom want to have more input in their invites. While courtesy titles (such as Mr. and Mrs.) are expected on more formal invitations, you can omit them for various reasons.

A few things to consider:

  • Omitting titles on your invitations is a more modern and, often more casual, choice.
  • Addressing parties without titles gives women more freedom in how their names appear, as some mothers of the bride and groom want their first names listed on the invitations instead of simply being a Mrs. followed by her husband's name.
  • If you want to uphold some tradition, be sure and start with the bride's family 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

Omitting titles for all

Carlos and Anita Helquist
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of
Marielle Janae
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, the fourth of March
Two thousand and thirteen
Two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Church
Dayton, Ohio

Omitting Titles for Bride and Groom Only

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Helquist
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of
Marielle Janae
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, the fourth of March
Two thousand and thirteen
Two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Church
Dayton, Ohio

Divorced Parents Host

Anita Helquist
and
Carlos Helquist
Request the honour of your presence
At the wedding of their daughter
Marielle Janae
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, the fourth of March
Two thousand and thirteen
Two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Church
Dayton, Ohio

Divorced, Remarried Parents Host

With joyful hearts
We request the honor of your presence
At the wedding ceremony of
Our daughter
Marielle Janae
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, the fourth of March
Two thousand and thirteen
Two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Church
Dayton, Ohio

Anita Helquist Crosby
and
Carlos Helquist

Divorced, Remarried Parents Host With New Spouses

Anita and Joel Crosby
And
Carlos and Janet Helquist
Request the honor of your presence
At the wedding ceremony of
Marielle Janae Helquist
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, the fourth of March
Two thousand and thirteen
Two o'clock in the afternoon
St. Joseph's Church
Dayton, Ohio

Make It Yours
  • If you omit titles for the parents or hosts, you should omit them for the bride and groom as well.
  • When parent hosts are divorced and remarried, you may wish to include the bride's surname to make the relationships more clear.
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."

Casual Options

Omitting titles for all

Our joy will be more complete
If you are there to celebrate
The marriage of our daughter
Marielle Janae
To
Keith Evan Sumner
Saturday, March 4, 2013
2:00 pm
Riverside Wedding Chapel
Dayton, Ohio

Carlos and Anita Helquist

Divorced Parents Host

Anita Helquist
and
Carlos Helquist
Kindly invite you to the wedding of their daughter
Marielle
To
Keith Sumner
Saturday, March 4, 2013
2:00 pm
Riverside Wedding Chapel
Dayton, Ohio

Very Casual Wording

Carlos and Anita
Invite you to celebrate
The wedding of
Marielle
To
Keith Sumner
Saturday, March 4, 2013
2:00 pm
Riverside Wedding Chapel
Dayton, Ohio

Couple Hosts

Together as one
United in love
Marielle and Keith
Are getting married
Please join us as we celebrate this special day
Saturday, March 4, 2013
2:00 pm
Riverside Wedding Chapel
Dayton, Ohio

Couple Hosts with Families

Together with their families
Marielle Helquist
and
Keith Sumner
Invite you to a wedding
Saturday, March 4, 2013
2:00 pm
Riverside Wedding Chapel
Dayton, Ohio

Make It Yours
  • On casual invitations, omitting titles for everyone is appropriate.
  • To make things even more casual, you can omit last names for the parents.
  • Make an invitation very casual by leaving out middle names.