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Widowed Parents Host - Invitation Wording

When a widowed parent plays host to a wedding, you have several ways to word the invitation. These include traditional and more modern choices. You'll also have to consider variations depending on whether the widowed parent has remarried.

A few things to consider:

  • If the widowed parent has remarried, and especially if the new spouse was heavily involved in raising the child, it is acceptable to list the new spouse on the invitation.
  • 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.

Here are some specific examples of formal and casual wording choices.

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

Ceremony in a House of Worship

Mr. Gregory Hanson
Requests the honor of your presence
At the marriage of his daughter
Maria Bella Hanson
To
Christian Robert Walters
Saturday, the first of August
Two thousand thirteen
One o'clock
First City Church of God
Newark, New Jersey

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue

Mr. Gregory Hanson
Cordially invites you to the wedding
Of his daughter
Ms. Maria Bella Hanson
To
Mr. Christian Robert Walters
Saturday, the first of August
Two thousand thirteen
One o'clock
Mayfair Inn
Newark, New Jersey

Widowed Parent and New Spouse Hosting Together

Mr. Gregory Hanson and Mrs. Catherine Hanson
Kindly request the honour of your presence
Of his daughter
Ms. Maria Bella Hanson
To
Mr. Christian Robert Walters
Saturday, the first of August
Two thousand thirteen
One o'clock
First City Church of God
Newark, New Jersey

Widowed Parent and New Spouse Hosting Together #2

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Hanson
Kindly request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of Mr. Hanson's daughter
Maria Bella
To
Christian Robert Walters
Saturday, the first of August
Two thousand thirteen
One o'clock
Mayfair Inn
Newark, New Jersey

Widowed Parent Hosts – Deceased Parent

Mr. Gregory Hanson
Cordially invites you to the marriage
Of his and the late Mrs. Nola Hanson's daughter
Maria Bella
To
Christian Robert Walters
Saturday, the first of August
Two thousand thirteen
One o'clock
Mayfair Inn
Newark, New Jersey

Make It Yours
  • Using Mr., Ms. or Miss is optional for the bride and groom, but expected for the names of parents, unless your invitations are more casual.
  • You may omit courtesy titles for everyone on very casual invitations.
  • It's your choice whether you wish to include the deceased parent on the invitation.

Casual Options

Ceremony in a House of Worship

Gregory Hanson
Invites you to the wedding
Of his daughter
Maria
To
Christian Walters
Saturday, August 1, 2013
1:00 pm
First City Church of God
Newark, New Jersey

Ceremony at Parent's Home

Gregory Hanson
Invites you to celebrate the marriage
Of his daughter
Maria
To
Christian Walters
At his residence
Saturday, August 1, 2013
1:00 pm
9718 Oak Park Lane
Newark, New Jersey

Widowed Parent and New Spouse Hosting Together – Deceased Parent

Gregory and Catherine Hanson
Invite you to celebrate the marriage
Of Maria Hanson
Daughter of Gregory and the late Nola Hanson
to
Christian Walters
Saturday, August 1, 2013
1:00 pm
Mayfair Inn
Newark, New Jersey

Widowed Parent Hosts – Deceased Parent

Gregory Hanson
Kindly invites you to the wedding
Of his daughter
Maria
Daughter of the late Nola Hanson
To
Christian Walters
Saturday, August 1, 2013
1:00 pm
Mayfair Inn
Newark, New Jersey

General Casual Option

Gregory Hanson and Catherine Hanson
Invite you to the wedding
Of his daughter
Maria Bella
To
Christian Walters
Saturday, August 1, 2013
1:00 pm
First City Church of God
Newark, New Jersey

Make It Yours
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."
  • Mothers may wish to have their full names included in a more modern style of traditional formal wording.
  • Be sure to include all pertinent information in your invitations, especially when they are casual.