How to Word Second Marriage Wedding Invitations

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In this day and age, it's common that at least 1/2 of an engaged couple has previously been married. Going through the wedding planning process for a second time can make the bride or groom feel uncomfortable and unsure about what procedures are called for this time around according to the rules of etiquette. When wording second marriage wedding invitations, remember only a few simple rules.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Identify the host of the wedding. If the bride's parents are paying for the affair, they should be listed as the inviting parties: "Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wright request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter." If, however, the bride and groom are hosting the wedding, parents' names can be omitted entirely from the invitation: "The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of..."

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    Determine if the bride feels comfortable listing her legal last name. Generally, the invitation would include the bride's first name, maiden name, and first husband's last name: "Gloria Wright Smith." If the bride feels uneasy about incorporating the last name of her first husband, the invitations can simply include her first and middle names: "Gloria Anne" followed by "to Richard Matthew Cape."

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    Announce the date and time of the wedding, continuing the invitation wording according to the general rules of etiquette. "Friday, the twentieth of May two thousand and twelve at 7 o'clock."

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    List the location of the event: "7146 South Canyon Drive Denver, Colorado." If the address is the home of the bride's parents who are hosting the event, preface the address listing with a clarifier: "at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wright."

Tips and warnings

  • Although there are rules of etiquette, you should word the second marriage wedding invitation the way you are most comfortable with. The emotional well-being of the bride and groom trumps following what can be arbitrary guidelines.
  • If you have children who plan on hosting the wedding, their names can be listed on the invitation, but this inclusion would only be proper if the kids are actual adults.

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