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Q&A – Names on Invitation Indicating Hosting

Q: My fiancé and I are paying for our wedding ourselves. How can we word our invitations to reflect this?

A: When the bride's parents do not play host, you can simply word your invitations with the bride listed first, followed by the groom. The level of formality can easily be changed depending on your wedding location, time and style.

Although tradition dictates that the person(s) hosting the wedding is primarily financially responsible, this isn't necessarily the case, especially with many modern couples taking responsibility. Hosting may mean anything from paying to planning to inviting guests. Even if the couple pays for the entire ceremony themselves, they may still wish to include their parents on the wedding invitation. You can include the parents by adding the line "Together with their families" after the bride's and groom's names.

Tamara Kaylee Smith
and
Peter Michael Callahan
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, August 3, 2012
2:00 pm
Eagle Forest Dining Club
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tamara Kaylee Smith
and
Peter Michael Callahan
Together with their families
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
Saturday, August 3, 2012
2:00 pm
Eagle Forest Dining Club
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Q&A – How should we word our wedding invitations when both sets of parents are hosting?

A: Always begin with the parents of the bride first, and list one set of parents on one line, followed by the second set of parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keegan &
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Horner
Request the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Ms. Catherine Marie
to Mr. Christian Jackson Horner
Saturday, the eleventh of June
two thousand twelve
at four o'clock
United Church of Christ
Albuquerque, New Mexico