Mi Padrino’s Guide to Wedding Invitation Wording

We know that it can be a little tricky trying to word everything perfectly on your wedding invitations, and you certainly don’t want to leave out or offend anyone! We’ve come up with a comprehensive Invitation Wording Guide to help you find the right style for your invitations.  

Wedding Invitations

The names on the invitations are traditionally written so that the guests know who is hosting the wedding. Below we have broken it down.

 

Bride’s Parents are Hosting:


Both Sets of Parents (Or Parents and Grandparents) are Hosting:


Divorced Parents are Hosting Together:


The Couple is Hosting Their Own Wedding:


 

Some additional notes:

  • For a less traditional invitation, including the first names of your mothers, e.g.:

AND MRS. ROBERTO AND JANE GARCIA

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  • If the couple is hosting the wedding with a little help from their families, they can include their families:

  • Putting the phrase “in the evening” after the time of the event is optional. Eliminating extra words can give your invitation a cleaner look.

Addressing the Envelopes:

There are several different ways to address your invitation envelopes. If you are having a very formal event, you might have two envelopes; the outer one is for the mailing address, while the inner envelope only has the guest names. If you are only sending one envelope, then follow the guidelines for the “Outer Envelope.” The way you address the envelope will depend on the household. Consult your guest list so you know who lives in each household.

 

Single Guest:

Outer Envelope: Mr. Roberto Garcia

Inner Envelope: Mr. Garcia


Single With a Guest:

Outer Envelope: Mr. Roberto Garcia *and Guest (*optional)

Inner Envelope: Mr. Garcia and Guest


Married Couple:

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Garcia

Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Garcia

OR


Married Couple, Wife Has Kept her Maiden Name:

*List woman’s name first or by alphabetical order.

Outer Envelope: Mr. Roberto Garcia

       Mrs. Jane Hernandez

Inner Envelope: Mr. Garcia

      Mrs. Hernandez


Unmarried Couple, Living in the Same Home:

Outer Envelope: Mr. Roberto Garcia

       Mr. Jane Hernandez

Inner Envelope: Mr. Garcia

      Mr. Hernandez


Married Couple With Children Under 18:

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Garcia

      Sofia and Samuel

Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Garcia

      Sofia and Samuel *Listed oldest to youngest.

         *If there are children in the house over 18, consider sending a separate invitation for them.


Married Couple, Husband is a Doctor:

Outer Envelope: Doctor. and Mrs. Roberto Garcia

Inner Envelope: Doctor and Mrs. Garcia


Married Couple, Wife is a Doctor:

Outer Envelope: Doctor Jane Garcia and Mr. Roberto Garcia

Inner Envelope: Dr. Garcia and Mr. Garcia


Married Couple, Both are Doctors:

Outer Envelope: Dr. Jane Garcia and Dr. Roberto Garcia

Inner Envelope: The Doctors Garcia

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There you have it: Everything you need to know about wedding invitation wording etiquette, complete with twenty-two example of how brides handled their own wording. Hopefully these real invites will help guide you as you create your own. No matter what you choose, keep it true to your own tastes and you ll come up with a wedding invitation you ll treasure forever!

Respect to article author, some excellent information.

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