What is the correct way to phrase my invitations

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
32 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

Please join us to celebrate the marriage of

Jane Stevens,

daughter of Mr. Bob Stevens and of the late Mrs. June Stevens

and Joe Smith,

son of Mr. John and Mrs. Karen Smith.




With joyous hearts

Jane Stevens,

daughter of Mr. Bob Stevens and of the late Mrs. June Stevens

and Joe Smith,

son of Mr. John and Mrs. Karen Smith

invite you to celebrate at their marriage ceremony and reception


I don’t like the Mr. and Mrs. John Smith either… I would go with either Mr. and Mrs. Smith or Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Karen Smith or John and Karen Smith.

Post # 5
11169 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I do not have an etiquette book nearby, but I think you may omit the honorifics, and I would do so if you plan to use the mothers’ first names, since the honorific “Mrs.” is not properly used with a woman’s first name, only her husband’s first name.  Otherwise, when using a woman’s first name, she is properly referred to as Ms. even if she is married.

Post # 6
33 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I fully admit to having little respect for tradition.  I just dont see the point of much of traditional etiquette.  Similarly, the overly floral wording that I’ve seen onmany invitations just rubs me the wrong way.  “Son of this” and “Daughter of that” don’t make sense to me — this is OUR day.  When it comes down to it, everyone else, and yes, even our parents, are just along for the ride.

Of course, if your families are paying for the wedding, that’s a matter of respect and politeness, not merely succumbing to pointless tradition.

We’re covering all our own costs and have a similar situation of certain family members being unable to attend.  Our invitation was worded thusly:

Along with their families,
H0LLY & Hubby
invite you to join them on their wedding day.
August 2nd, 2013

Works for us.




Post # 8
108 posts
Blushing bee

On this day I will marry my best friend….
daughter of DaddyBee and the late MamaBee (or dearly missed MamaBee?)
Your FI Name
son of FI_Daddy and FI_Mama
have decided to spend the rest of their lives together and request your presense


Maybe some of that helps?

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