Friday, September 2, 2011

"When Both Parents Host" - Three Examples of Wedding Invitation Wording

Scripty Wedding Invitation - Concertina Press
While it's traditional for the bride's parents to host a wedding, these days many families are both contributing to the ceremony, and so a bride and groom might like to honor both of their parents on the invitation. Here are three examples of traditional wording for wedding invitations where both sets of parents are hosting.

- Below, note that "honour of your presence" is for a church wedding-


Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Wilsenhome
Request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Emily Wilsenhome
to
Thomas Shelton

Son of Dr. & Mrs. Albert Shelton

Saturday the twenty-third of June
two thousand twelve
at half after three in the afternoon
The Church of St. Barnabas
Falmouth, Massachusetts 
Reception to follow

- OR if the wedding is not in a church -


Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Wilsenhome
and
Dr. & Mrs. Albert Shelton
Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

Emily Wilsenhome
to
Thomas Shelton

Saturday the twenty-third of June
two thousand twelve
at half after three in the afternoon
Highfield Hall
Falmouth, Massachusetts 
Reception to follow

- OR a little less formal -

Paula & Jonathan Wilsenhome
together with
Deborah & James Shelton
Request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children

Emily Wilsenhome
&
Thomas Shelton

Saturday the twenty-third of June
two thousand twelve
at half after three in the afternoon
Falmouth Yacht Club
Falmouth, Massachusetts 
Reception to follow

Note that if you use the British spelling of "honour", make sure you continue to use it throughout the wedding stationery, for instance if you're using the word "favour". You can also use the American spelling.

When both sets of parents are listed, the bride's parents are first.

Feel free to take any of these for your own use, and search my blog for "wording" for more examples, and if you ever have any questions about etiquette, simply comment or email me Ruth at ConcertinaPress dot com.

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