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Q&A – Parents' Names on Invitation

Q: How do I know whose names to put on my wedding invitations? I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by leaving them out, but I thought only the hosts should be mentioned.

A: While it's true that the bride's parents were traditionally the only parents listed on invitations, as it was assumed they played host, today's couples have more options when it comes to invitation wording.

If you know someone would be hurt by being left off, it's usually better to consider their feelings instead of letting etiquette rules harm your relationship; this includes stepparents.

  • Whomever you include on your invitations, the bride's information – including her parents and her name – typically come before that of the groom's.
  • You don't have to mention specific names, but by mentioning "families," it automatically includes everyone.

Stepparent Listed

Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Murphy &
Ms. Jenna Allison
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Nina Leigh Murphy
to Joseph Barry Owens
Saturday, the first of June
Two thousand and thirteen
At four o'clock
St. Andrew's Methodist Church
Omaha, Nebraska

All-Inclusive

The families of
Elizabeth Renee Wright
and
Randall Mark Hewitt
invite you to join in the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, March 3, 2013
at 3:00 in the afternoon
Eagle Harbor Yacht Club
Jacksonville, Florida