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Second Marriage Wedding Invitation Wording

When choosing the wording for an invitation to a second wedding, it's best to err on the side of caution. Because some ex-spouses or children may still harbor hurt or negative feelings about why a first marriage ended, try and be respectful of all involved parties. Use your best discretion to avoid hurting anyone's feelings or dredging up any painful memories.

A few things to consider:

  • Don't feel pressured to mention this is a second marriage. Your wording may be very similar to the invitation wording for a first marriage.
  • If this is a second marriage for the same couple, you might want to come up with unique ways to state that.
  • While some guests don't feel obligated to bring gifts to a second wedding recipient, you may want to include information on your invitation that you'll accept gifts or that you're registered someplace if that's the case.

Here are some specific examples for formal and casual invitations.

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 Parents Hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson
Request the honour of your presence
At the marriage of
Ms. Ella May Thompson
to
Mr. Alexander George Chambers
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
Saint Luke's Church
New York, New York

Bride's Children Hosting – Maiden Name

Mr. Ralph Williams
And
Mrs. Deena Williams Parker
Kindly request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of their mother
Ms. Anita Shelton
To
Mr. Randall Connors
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
Saint Luke's Church
New York, New York

Groom's Parents Hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Chambers
Request the honour of your presence
At the marriage of
Ms. Ella May Thompson
To their son
Mr. Alexander George Chambers
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
Saint Luke's Church
New York, New York

Second Marriage for Same Couple – Bride Kept Married Name

Mr. Kenneth Johnson and Janet Peters
Kindly request your presence
At their wedding
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
East Forks Garden Club
New York, New York

Second Marriage for Same Couple – Maiden Name

Ms. Janet Middleton
And
Mr. Kenneth Peters
Cordially invite you
To their wedding
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
Two thousand and thirteen
Four o'clock
East Forks Garden Club
New York, New York

Make It Yours
  • If either the bride's or groom's children play host to the reception, you may word your invitation accordingly, which will be much like a traditional wedding invitation.
  • In the event that it's the bride's second marriage, list her name as she is currently known, even if that means she has kept her ex-husband's surname.
  • The bride may opt to include her family surname to cut down on confusion.

Casual Options

Bride's Parents Hosting

Edward and Marielle Thompson
Invite you to
the marriage of
Ella Thompson
to
Alex Chambers
Saturday, June 18, 2013
4:00 pm
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
New York

Groom's Children Hosting

Michael Dobson and Emma Dobson Jackson
invite you to share in our joy
as Elizabeth Nelson
Marries
Our father
Louis Dobson
Saturday, June 18, 2013
4:00 pm
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
New York

Couple Hosting Second Marriage – Bride Kept Married Name

Please come share in our joy
As we tie the knot
For the second time
Janet Peters and Kenneth Peters
Are getting married!
Saturday, June 18, 2013
4:00 pm
Metro Museum of Fine Arts
New York, New York

Couple Hosting Second Marriage – Bride Kept Maiden Name

You're invited
As we celebrate a bright new start
Looking into a future full of love and happiness
Janet Middleton and Kenneth Peters
Will be wed
Saturday, June 18, 2013
4:00 pm
Metro Museum of Fine Arts
New York, New York

Casual – Couple Hosting

Please join us
As we say our "I do's"
Ella and Alex
Are jumping the broom
Saturday, June 18, 2013
4:00 pm
Johnstown Hotel
New York, New York

Make It Yours
  • Casual invitations may omit the last names of the couple.
  • For casual invitations, there's no need to spell out the dates or years; simply use Arabic numerals.
  • Include the location address unless it is being more clearly detailed in another enclosure with your invitation.