Jul 20

Wedding ideas – invitations, wording and variations

Wedding wording
There are rules for the wording of very formal invitations, but do remember that these can always be varied if the wedding is anything other than the most formal high society affair. The most important point to clarify on the invitations is the relationship between the bride and whoever is hosting the celebrations.
If the bride’s parents are hosts:
Mr and Mrs Alan Brown request the pleasure of your company at the wedding of their daughter Ann to John Smith…
If the bride’s parents are divorced, but hosting the wedding together:
Mr Alan Brown and Mrs Jane Brown… of their daughter Ann…
If the bride is marrying for the second time but the parents are still the hosts: Mr and Mrs Alan Brown… of their daughter Ann Jones…
If the mother is widowed and is the sole host:
Mrs Alan Brown… of her daughter Ann…
If the mother is divorced and not remarried:
Mrs Jane Brown… of her daughter Ann…
If the mother is divorced or widowed and remarried:
Mrs Jane Fletcher… of her daughter Ann Brown…
If the mother has remarried and she and the stepfather are joint hosts:
Mr and Mrs Robert Fletcher… of her daughter Ann Brown…
If the mother has remarried but she and the bride’s father are joint hosts:
Mrs Robert Fletcher and Mr Alan Brown (or Mr Alan Brown and Mrs Robert Fletcher)… of their daughter Ann Brown…
If the bride’s father is sole host:
Mr Alan Brown… of his daughter Ann…
If the bride’s stepfather is sole host:
Mr Robert Fletcher… of his stepdaughter Ann Brown…
If the bride’s foster-parents are hosts:
Mr and Mrs Andrew Lawrence… of their foster-daughter Ann Brown…
If the bride’s godmother is host:
Mrs Peter Mitchell… of her goddaughter Ann Brown…
If the bride’s godmother and her husband are hosts:
Mr and Mrs Peter Mitchell. .. of her goddaughter Ann Brown…
If the bride’s uncle and aunt are hosts:
Mr and Mrs Christopher Roberts… of their niece Ann Brown…
If a friend is host:
Miss Jennifer Williams… of Ann Brown… or:
Mr Johnathan Potter… of Ann Brown…
There are, of course, numerous variations even on these possibilities!
Double weddings
If two daughters of the same couple are getting married the elder one is mentioned first on the invitation. If the same couple are acting as hosts for the wedding of a daughter and a niece or goddaughter, the daughter is mentioned first. If two couples are acting as joint hosts for a double wedding, the older couple is mentioned first.

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Variations
Some couples decide to have an evening party for a wider group of friends and relatives; in this case you may wish to have special invitations printed with just the evening details. Registry offices are often quite small and it may not be possible to invite everyone to the service; in this case you can send an invitation just to the reception, including a note of explanation if you wish. It used not to be correct to invite people to the service only, but this is no longer the case; friends from work, church, sports clubs, etc, will often appreciate the chance to witness the service. If there are only a few in this category you could invite them by word of mouth; if there are more than a few you could have invitations printed, just giving details of the service and omitting the reception details.

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