A second wedding doesn't need to be any less magical than a first wedding. It may be even more glamorous, especially if the bride and groom are older and more financially established. Selecting the proper wording for wedding invitations for second marriages is no different than for first weddings. As long as you note who is hosting the wedding, the invitation need not mention anything about the couple's past.
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Wedding Hosted by Bride and Groom
If the bride and groom will be hosting the wedding, there are several ways to word your wedding invitation. You could select formal wording, such as "The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of [Bride] to [Groom] on [Date] at [Time] at [Location]." For more informal invitations, try something like "[Bride] and [Groom] invite you to share their joy at their wedding on [Date] at [Time] at [Location]." Your wording doesn't have to reflect that it is a second wedding for either the bride or the groom.
Wedding Hosted by Parents
Wording an invitation for a wedding that will be paid for and hosted by the bride's parents can be formal or informal. Formal wording should include phrases like "Mr. and Mrs. [Bride's parents' name] request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, [Bride], to [Groom]." If both parents are hosting the wedding, the wording could look like this: "Mr. and Mrs. [one set of parents], along with Mr. and Mrs. [other set of parents], invite you to the wedding of their children, [Bride] and [Groom]."
Wedding Hosted by Adult Children
If your adult children would like to host your second wedding, here are a few suggestions for the invitation: "Mr. and Mrs. [Names], son and daughter-in-law of the bride, Ms. [Name], daughter of the bride, and Mr. [Name], son of the groom, request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their parents, [Bride] and [Groom]." Be sure to include the names and relationships to the marrying couple for all of the children, and not just some of them. For more informal invitations, the relationships of the children to the engaged couple is not necessary.
Just because this is a second wedding for one or both parties doesn't mean that you need to draw attention to that fact in the wedding invitation. The invitation doesn't need to explain everything about a couple's history, nor should it attempt to. If you are concerned about informing your guests, consider setting up a wedding website that includes an "Our Story" section wherein the bride and groom can include more information, including previous marriages.
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