Traditional wedding invitations admitted tons of information for guests, from the date and time to the names of the persons getting married, to the ceremony and reception addresses. In the past, wording was very seldom an issue because the bride and groom’s parents were usually married and commonly, the bride’s parents were hosting.

When should wedding invitations be mailed out?

Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and sendthem out three months ahead of time.

Now, however, engaged couples are facing hard situations as it comes to the suitable wording for their wedding invitations. What if the bride’s parents are divorced? What if the couple is hosting their own wedding? What if both sets of parents are died? Whatever the case may be, here are a few tips for writing wedding invitations for your non-traditional wedding.

ONE SET OF PARENTS (Most traditional)

If the bride’s parents, or the groom’s parents are hosting (paying for) the wedding, invitation etiquette says that their names should be named at the top.


If both the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents are hosting, etiquette points that both couple had better be named on the invitation. The first line should be allowed for the bride’s parents and the second line for the groom’s parents.


This can be a particularly difficult situation, especially if the divorced companies do not necessarily come and are only involved in the wedding for the interest of their children. What’s more, in many cases, one set of parents will be divorced and remarried to the marrying persons’ step parents. If divorced parents are hosting the wedding, make sure to list the biological parents only, and on divide lines, with the mother first. Instead, you can simply list the bride and groom’s names and use the default statement “together with their families.”


Though you may want to admit a deceased parent on your invitation, think of honoring them in their wedding ceremony in a different way.


When the couple is hosting their own wedding, their names should appear at the top of the invitation introducing their request that you attend their wedding.

Today’s engaged couples are more often than not from families with a variety of different members, both living and deceased. Don’t get yourself crazy by trying to follow the appropriate or traditional wedding invitation etiquette. Alternatively, get creative and find ways to honor and incorporate your loved ones (those contributing to your wedding and not) in your ceremony or reception in other ways.

Here are some tips to make your wedding invitation becomes unique yours :

Hotel cards, on a piece of paper, which can be enclosed in the wedding invitations envelope . You can list local hotel names, addresses, and telephone number. You also list if they are pet friendly hotels, and any other information, which you think, will benefit the guests who are not from the local area. 

RSVP cards are usually enclosed in every wedding invitations envelope, but you can go ahead and make them a little bit differently.You can admit a telephone number as well as a cell phone number for those who want to accept the invitation, but you also let in an email address so guests can email to accept the invitation. 

Directional Cards are always a good thing to add to the wedding invitations envelope for those guests who are not acquainted with the area. On these cards give plain directions on how to get to the church, or reception area and use local landmarks if needed. 

Reception cards are only enclosed in some wedding invitations envelopes, and these could submit that the reception is non-smoking, adults only, or a back yard barbeque. One bride to be invited only family members to bring a dish to pass, so you can created reception cards that said bring a dish to pass and it was only added to family envelopes.

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