Invitation Wording – Egalitarian but Parents Hosting

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Since you are having a rustic wedding, why not have a rustic inspired invitation that avoids the whole “to”/”and”situation entirely?

You could do one where it says something like:

“Ms. Jane Doe requests the pleasure of your company.”

Then in a pretty and large font, it could say ‘Wedding”

Below that, you could have your names side by side with a line down the center between them.

Then the stantard information below that.

Or just use “and.” It’s pretty common these days even though in most cultures “and” on an invitation indicates that the people joined are already married.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Also, you aren’t inviting them to the marriage, just the wedding. The marriage is the rest of your lives. The wedding is the event at which your marriage begins.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@love108:  I think what you suggested is great, it gives them the honored hosting position, while keeping it 21st century. I am also very annoyed by the wording you mentioned. They aren’t selling me like a cow, I am choosing to marry this man. However, I am having my dad walk me down the aisle, but he won’t be “giving me away” or “presenting this woman for marriage.” That kind of crap makes me nauseous.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Is she against “and” equivilents like the ampersand? If you can’t use “and” and you can’t really change up the traditional set-up much, I don’t think you can avoid the “to.” Either you give in or your mom does. I fail to see how her suggested wording changes the situation and why “and” is okay there.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@love108:  Take out “their daughter”

Just say to the wedding of YOU and GROOM.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think people read into the word “to” too much. We make the word to out to be a posessive in our mind, when the reality is that its a preposition and implies momvent or joining. The sentence of “so and so want you to celebrate the marriage of THEIR daughter” is actually a true posessive sentence, if you want to get technical. People in their minds create this negative meaing for the word TO when it comes to marriages. Peple assume, oh well in the old days fathers GAVE their daugthers to the men, so the word TO must be viewed as a negative and possessive when its not.

Your mother is sort of right if the invitation said
“Mr & mrs love invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daugther love108 and groom love” then yes, in that instance it would imply that you both are their children. Since THEIR is a possessive, you are their daughter.

If you write “Mr & mrs Love invite you to celerbate the marriage of Love 108 and Groom Love” then you are fine using the word since it is implying a marriage of two people and does not contain a posessive. The way you have it worded does sounds a little weird “celebrate the marraige of two families Love 108 and Groom Love” I think it sounds better to write “Celebrate the marriage of two families at the wedding ceremony of Love108 and Groom Love”


If you look at the definition of the word TO, its actually very sweet and implies more of a joining and I think it fits perfectly for a wedding.

According to the dictionary:

to

preposition tə, t, ˈ

—used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward

—used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity

—used to indicate the direction of something

Anywho, i think you are fine using the word TO on the invitation but I also think your seciond option sounds just a good, and IMO you cant go wrong with either one.

Sorry for going all nerd on ya.

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