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Remarried Parent Hosts without New Spouse - Invitation Wording

There are various reasons you may choose to omit a parent's new spouse when wording your wedding invitations. Maybe this parent's wedding is very recent or you don't feel particularly close to the new spouse. You might also feel that including a new spouse on the invitations will hurt your other parent's feelings. Carefully think about wording your invites, including who you want to include and who you want to omit. If a new spouse plays host in any way, however, it's good etiquette to include them.

A few things to consider:

  • Ceremonies conducted in a religious venue are formally indicated with "request the honour (or honor) of your presence" while other non-religious locations are often indicated with "request the pleasure of your company."
  • Casual invitations offer a lot of room for personalization.
  • If you're concerned that new spouses for both parents will cause confusion as far as the different surnames and titles go, feel free to leave off the new spouse.

These are various examples of wording your wedding invitations when your host parent has remarried, but the new spouse isn't listed.

To make these formal or casual 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

One Parent Hosts – House of Worship

Mr. Bernard Cunningham
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Kathleen Mavis
to
Mr. Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, the fifteenth of April
Two thousand thirteen
Five o' clock
Second Congregational Church
Amarillo, Texas

Father Hosts – Mother Listed

Mr. Bernard Cunningham
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Kathleen Mavis
Daughter of Mrs. Amelia Rogers
to
Mr. Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, the fifteenth of April
Two thousand thirteen
Five o' clock
Second Congregational Church
Amarillo, Texas

Mother Hosts Alone

Mrs. Amelia Rogers
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Kathleen Mavis Cunningham
to
Mr. Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, the fifteenth of April
Two thousand thirteen
Five o' clock
Second Congregational Church
Amarillo, Texas

Mother Hosts – Father Listed

Mrs. Amelia Rogers
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Kathleen Mavis Cunningham
Daughter of Mr. Bernard Cunningham
to
Mr. Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, the fifteenth of April
Two thousand thirteen
Five o' clock
Second Congregational Church
Amarillo, Texas

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

Casual Options

One Parent Hosts

Bernard Cunningham
Invites you to celebrate
the marriage of his daughter
Kathleen Mavis
to
Kirk Price
Saturday, April 15, 2013
5:00 pm
Hidden Acres Yacht Club
Amarillo, Texas

Father Hosts – Mother Listed

Bernard Cunningham
Invites you to celebrate
the marriage of his daughter
Kathleen Mavis
Daughter of Amelia Rogers
to
Kirk Price
Saturday, April 15, 2013
5:00 pm
Hidden Acres Yacht Club
Amarillo, Texas

Mother Hosts Alone

Mrs. Amelia Rogers
Asks you to celebrate with joy
The union of
Kathleen Mavis Cunningham
to
Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, April 15, 2013
5:00 pm
Hidden Acres Yacht Club
Amarillo, Texas

Mother Hosts – Father Listed

Mrs. Amelia Rogers
Requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Kathleen Mavis Cunningham
Daughter of Mr. Bernard Cunningham
to
Kirk Dwayne Price
Saturday, April 15, 2013
5:00 pm
Hidden Acres Yacht Club
Amarillo, Texas

Make It Yours
  • Omit courtesy titles such as Mr. and Mrs. to keep your invitations very casual.
  • Make your personality shine through in a casual wedding invitation. You have more freedom for creative expression, so be sure and use it.
  • 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).