(Closed) Invite w/Groom’s parents hosting?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
72 posts
Worker bee

According to Crane’s Blue Book, "Wedding receptions take place on the day of the wedding.  Any reception occurring after that date is not properly referred to as a wedding reception.  Rather, it is a party or reception in honor of the recently married couple."

The suggested wording is:

Mr. and Mrs. Hosting Couple

request the pleasure of your company

at a dinner reception

in honor of

Mr. and Mrs. Newly-married Couple



Place, etc.


Post # 5
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Why not just "The loving parents of Mr. & Mrs. Newlywed invite you to celebrate the union of their children.."

 But I’m assuming you do reallly want their names on it.

Maybe ..

Mr. & Mrs. Groom’s Parents and Mr. & Mrs. Bride’s Parents

invite you to celebrate the marriage of their newlywed children,

Mr. & Mrs. Newlyweds 


I don’t know..just throwing some suggestions out, though I’m half asleep. ;D  

Post # 6
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

We did the same thing – had a small family only wedding – then my mom hosted a larger celebration/reception in my home town.

I agree with ‘Crane’ even though to you it’s another reception – it’s really a party celebrating your marriage.   So I would refer to ya’ll as Mr & Mrs on invitation.

How long after the wedding is the ‘party’?  Mine was about a month – so we combined a wedding announcement/invitation for the reception.   So it was a Woohoo Todd & Jilian got married on _______!!  Come join us in celebrating on _______.  They were put in the mail the Monday following our wedding.  They were definitely less casual – but still nice.

It sounds like you want it to be more formal – You can play with the wording and still create a very formal invite.  Best of Luck – I had the hardest time finding wording for my invites too! 

Maybe these example will help?!? They are kinda long – but that’s ok!

Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s Parents
are happy to announce the marriage of their son
Daughter of Mr & Mrs Brides Parents

Please join us in celebrating
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
two thousand and one
at four o’clock in the afternoon
St. Paul’s Church
46 Main Street
Butler, Kentucky


Mr & Mrs ______
who were married on

Mr & Mrs Groom’s Parents
Mr & Mrs Bride’s Parents
invite you to share in celebrating their marriage
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
two thousand and one
at four o’clock in the afternoon
St. Paul’s Church
46 Main Street
Butler, Kentucky

PS If you are following formal etiquette – those paying go on the invite as who’s hosting.  So if groom’s parents are paying 100% for the second reception – I might just run the idea of your parents names being on the invites too – just to make sure they won’t be upset.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal to me – but in the world of crazy weddingness it would be thoughtful of you to run the invites and your reasoning by them 🙂

Post # 7
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You can simply add your parent’s names after your name (daughter of…) in your wording.  Certainly it makes the wording a little convoluted, although not that much more so than when the bride’s parents host but the groom’s parents are included (as son of…).

What you really can’t do is request their company AT THE MARRIAGE OF as you have written – because you are not inviting them to the wedding.  You are essentially sending an announcement (as jilian says) and inviting them to a party to celebrate.  You really therefore need two sets of invitations – one for your actual wedding and reception, the second being an announcement of the marriage and invitation to the party your husband’s (as he will no longer be the groom at that point) parents are hosting.

It actually happens all the time…  if you have any LDS friends, you can consult with them.  I have a lot of LDS cousins, and temple wedding are always very small, with a later reception-type party for family and friends.

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