Complicated Host Line for invitation- advice?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Member
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was curious so I looked up some thoughts here: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-invitations/articles/wedding-invitation-wording-sticky-situations.aspx

I think this one would be nice?  It clearly shows your father as more honored, but lists his parents as well.  The only thing missing is your Mother in there somewhere, that seems like it might cause issues?

Mr. John Philip Monroe
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Elizabeth Ann
to
Kevin Charles Black
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Black

Post # 4
Member
6204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

“together with their parents” was created for this kind of scenario. If your parents ask why, just say that you didn’t want half the invitation to be taken up by naming who everyone is.

Post # 5
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m revising my thought to this one (Forgive the spaces)

Mr. John Philip Monroe
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Elizabeth Ann

daughter of Ms. Shirley Temple

to

Kevin Charles Black
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Black

Post # 6
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6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Agree with MeiFrancis  we did “together with their families,” which makes it even MORE ambiguous – parents? step-parents? No one knows! It sounds appropriate, but it also isn’t offensive to anyone paying for anything. For us we have a very complicated family dynamic (similar to yours, but maybe even more so) and my mom and step-dad contributed to the wedding, my dad did a little, and we paid for some also.

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