Wedding Invitation Etiquette: Wording
Including Parents’ Names in the Invitation

Preventing Parental Temper Tantrums

I recently heard a story of a groom’s parents getting pretty upset that they weren’t mentioned in the wedding invitation, making for some rotten attitudes when the big day finally arrived! Avoid drama and decide who is going to be included in your letterpress wedding invitation early on.

Here are some examples and inspiration for laying out parents’ names your own wedding invitation wording:

Bride’s Parents Only

Typically, whoever is hosting the wedding celebration is mentioned on the invitation. Times are changing, but bride’s parents were traditionally the ones hosting the affair, hence the mentioning of the bride’s parents’ names only.

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Bride and Groom’s Parents

If both parties are responsible for the celebration–or if you can’t bear to hurt anyone’s feelings– include both the bride and groom’s parents within the wedding invitation wording. You can also say something a little more casual, such as “Together with our parents.”

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Bride and Groom Only

In some cases, the big day is only about the bride and groom. There’s no need to mention parents’ names.

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Including Divorced or Deceased Parents

Remember that our letterpress wedding invitation designs are completely customizable. If you have divorced or deceased parents that you cannot imagine not mentioning, no problem! Extra names can be gracefully added.

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Wedding Invitation Etiquette: Wording
Including Parents’ Names in the Invitation
was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Ajalon

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2 Comments

  1. Rachel
    Posted January 4, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    HELP please. My parents are divorced and my father is remarried. I want to keep it traditional in that only my parents names go on the invitation. However, I’m stuck right now because of the following:
    1. my mom has kept her married name
    2. it would cause an issue with my stepmother (drama…) if my mother had my father’s name
    3. my mom wouldn’t mind her maiden name on the invitation
    4. but I really would like our shared last name to be on the invitation

    :/ I really don’t know what to do

  2. Posted January 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Rachel – looks like a quandary! Since your mom is okay with using her maiden name, I would go with that.

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