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Weddings are such an emotional time. When you’ve lost a parent, no matter how recently, wedding planning may bring up those feelings of loss all over again. And you’ll definitely want to include the memory of your mom or dad in your wedding celebration.

Wording your invitations when you’ve lost a parent is tricky. Technically, a deceased person cannot issue an invitation, so if you want your late parent’s name on our wedding invitations, you’ll have to get creative. Here’s an idea.

Bride's Name
daughter of Parent's Name and the late Parent's Name

and

Groom's Name
son of Parent's Names

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

If your living parent has remarried, or if your parent passed away a long time ago, you may not want to include his or her name on the wedding invitation and choose to honor their memory in another way. Here are some examples for wording your invitations in that case.

Issued by mother (not remarried)

Mother's Name
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter

Bride's Name

to

Groom's Name

Issued by father (not remarried)

Father's Name
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter

Bride's Name

to

Groom's Name

Issued by mother and stepfather

Mother and Stepfather's Names
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her (or their) (or mother's name) daughter

Bride's Name

to

Groom's Name

Issued by father and stepmother

Father and Stepmother's names
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of his (or their) (or father's name) daughter

Bride's Name

to

Groom's Name

Most importantly go with your heart when you’re writing your wedding invitation wording. Your guests will be touched and your parent’s memory will be honored.