How to Word Your Wedding Invitation When a Parent is Deceased


If you’ve lost a parent, no matter how recently, you may want to find special ways to keep their memory alive on your wedding day. One way to honor a parent who has passed away is to include their name on your wedding invitation.

Wording your wedding invitations when you’ve lost a parent can feel tricky though, and it’s likely that you’ll have lots of questions when you begin to craft your invite. Below, we’ve put together several examples of how to include your deceased parent on your wedding invitation.

Deceased Parent Wedding Invitation Wording

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How to Include a Parent Who Has Passed Away: Formal Wording Examples

If you’re having a traditional wedding, here are a few examples of formal wording examples:

When the Bride’s Parent is Deceased

Mrs. Sharon Henderson
and the late Mr. Nathan Henderson
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Monica May
to
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

Another way to word your invitation is:

Monica May
daughter of
Mrs. Sharon Henderson
and the late Mr. Nathan Henderson
and
Preston John
son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brackman
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

When the Groom’s Parent is Deceased

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Henderson
and
Mrs. Hope Brackman and the late James Brackman
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Monica May
and
Preston John
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

How to Include a Parent Who Has Passed Away: Informal Wording Examples

If traditional wording isn’t your style, you can still honor your parents as wedding hosts by including one or both sets at the bottom of your invitation:

With joyful hearts
we ask you to be present
at the ceremony uniting
Monica May
and
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
two-thousand and twenty-four
at six o'clock in the evening
Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
San Francisco, California

Mrs. Sharon Henderson and the late Nathan Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. James Brackman

Another way to wording your invitation in casual style is:

Sharon and the late Nathan Henderson
invite you to join
the families and friends of
Monica May
and
Preston John Brackman
at the celebration of their marriage
on Saturday, July 21st, 2024 at 6:00pm
Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
San Francisco, California

Wedding Invitation Wording When a Parent is a Widow or Widower

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 simple examples for wording your invitations from a living parent only:

Invitation Wording from a Widow

Mrs. Sharon Henderson
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Monica May
to
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

Invitation Wording from a Widower

Mr. Nathan Henderson
invites you to the marriage of his daughter
Monica May
to
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

Adding a Step-Parent on Your Wedding Invitation

Sharon and Michael Tanke
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Monica May Henderson
to
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

Adding a Step-Parent and Deceased Parent on Your Wedding Invitation

Sharon and Michael Tanke
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her
and the late Nathan Henderson’s daughter
Monica May Henderson
to
Preston John Brackman
on Saturday, the twenty-first of July
Two-thousand and twenty-four
at fix o’clock in the evening
Magnolia Fields
1821 Western Road
Dripping Springs, Texas

Most importantly, go with your heart when considering a deceased parent while writing your wedding invitation wording. Your guests will be touched and your parent’s memory will be honored.

If you have any questions left unanswered, reach out to our team of wedding experts. We’re always here to help make your invitation perfect for the two of you.

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