In this case, the invitation includes the bride's parents’ names, so you can omit the bride's last name (unless she has a different last name than her parents). On the following line, write out the groom’s entire name. LGBTQ+ wedding invitation wording should follow similar guidelines. The host of the celebration (read: the party footing the bill) is listed first, followed by their son or daughter’s name, followed by their son or daughter’s partner’s name. If the couple is hosting themselves, names are typically listed in alphabetical order.

If the bride or groom's parents are divorced and you want to include both as hosts, you can include them all, just keep your each parent on a separate line. If you're going to include the name of stepparent, keep it on the same line. It might seem complex at first, but all it requires is a few more lines. This is an example of a bride with divorced (and remarried) parents' wedding invitation wording:

A wedding is one of the most exciting and memorable events of your life, but planning it can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Start by selecting a stylish wedding invitation that compliments the theme of your event. From rustic to traditional, or from foil to letterpress, we have elegant, customizable invites for your special day.

There you have it: Everything you need to know about wedding invitation wording etiquette, complete with twenty-two example of how brides handled their own wording. Hopefully these real invites will help guide you as you create your own. No matter what you choose, keep it true to your own tastes and you'll come up with a wedding invitation you'll treasure forever!


There are some family members that might have different participants in them, some that wedding publications and decorum guides are struggling to stay on top of. Exactly how can you consist of every person as if all are just as crucial?

Crafty DIY brides, this project is for you! From creating your wedding invitations from scratch (major props!), or starting with a printable template (still, totally admirable), we’re all about taking this project into your own hands. If you’re thinking about DIY wedding invitations, we suggest leaving plenty of time for the process and starting several months before the wedding invitations are set to be mailed. Though this little project of yours may require more time than ordering traditional invitations, there is a surplus of inspirational resources that will make it just a little bit easier. From step-by-step tutorials on how to create watercolor invitations, to intricate envelope liners and options for tying it all together (note: yarn), there is no shortage of creativity. So if you’re looking to save a few dollars or just put your own spin on your wedding invites, look no further. We’ve rounded up 25 DIY wedding invitations and accent ideas that are anything but an art project gone awry. Just remember to have a meticulous hand. While each invitation may not look the same, it’s important they all have the same TLC from #1 to #201. After all, this is the first impression of your wedding! Make it great. 🙂
Finish: Your paper finish will affect how you’re able to print and how much ink your invitation will take. Glossy papers take a lot more ink and longer to dry. Linen papers and papers with more texture have a much higher tendency to bleed, and so they won’t work with some at-home printers where you can’t change your ink settings. If you’re not interested in researching finishes because you’re not a weird nerd (like myself) who likes to feel on paper, a matte card stock is an easy, relatively foolproof option that will more than likely work for the printer you’re using.
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