Divorced Parents Wedding Invitation Wording

Every family is unique, and sometimes those unique situations get awkward. Like when your parents are divorced. How do you include them on your wedding invitation without offending or upsetting anybody?

First you need to talk to them (separately or together, depending on their relationship with each other). Find out if they have ideas on how their names should appear on the wedding invitation. Ask if they have opinions about including the names of their new spouses, if they have remarried.

Divorced Parents Wedding Invitation Wording
  • 3 Rules of Etiquette to Consider:

  • 1. Divorced parents’ names never appear on the same line even if they both remain unmarried.
  • 2. The mother’s name goes first unless the mother is not contributing financially to the wedding. If this is the case, the father’s name goes first.
  • 3. Traditionally only the parents’ names appear on the invitation but it is completely acceptable to include stepparents.

Here are some examples to follow when writing the final wording:

Invitation issued by both parents:
Mother's Name
and
Father's Name
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Bride's Name
to
Groom's Name

Invitation 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

Invitation 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

Invitation 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

Invitation 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

Of course, it’s your wedding. Attempt to keep the peace as best you can when it comes to your wedding invitation wording, and then go with your heart.