Divorced or Remarried Parents Wedding Invitation Wording

 

Getting the balance right and trying not to offend anyone in the family can be a tricky situation – and wedding invitations are no exception.  With divorced parents who have kept the same surname the protocol is to use both parents’ full names on the invite (assuming they are hosting the wedding day):

Mr James Jones & Mrs Jennifer Jones

request the pleasure of

{guest name / your company}

at the marriage of their daughter Joanna

to Mr Jonathan Johnson

 

{location}

{date}

{time}

 

followed by a reception

 

RSVP by 15th May to {parent’s address)

 

 

But what if your parents are hosting the wedding but have remarried?  Etiquette dictates that both parents are named separately, and that  the mother’s new married name be used:

Mr James Jones & Mrs Jennifer Jakeman

request the pleasure of

{guest name / your company}

at the marriage of their daughter Joanna

to Mr Jonathan Johnson

 

{location}

{date}

{time}

 

followed by a reception

 

RSVP by 15th May to {parent’s address)