Wording Guide - Who is Hosting?

All suites are personal and need different wording to convey the feeling and details of the event. One of the most important details to note is the first line that indicates who is hosting the wedding. Tradition states that the parents of the bride would do the honors, but that is not always the case these days! Often, weddings are jointly hosted by the bride and groom’s parents, or even by the couple themselves. Below are a few ways to word the first lines of text on your card.

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If the bride’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

If the bride and groom’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding together:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. David Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children

If the couple is hosting with their parents:
Together with their families
Holly and Jacob
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage

For the parents hosting a more informal wedding, you can forgo the titles (Mr. and Mrs.):
Katherine and John Smith
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

If both sets of parents are hosting an informal wedding:
With great joy
Katherine and John Smith
together with
Sally and David Jones
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

One last tip!
If  your ceremony is in a place of worship: request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
If your ceremony is in a secular location: request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter