How & When to List Your Parents on Your Wedding Invitation


In today’s modern world, old fashioned wedding traditions are slowly becoming just that . . . ”old fashioned”. When sitting down with couples for invitation consultations, a big topic we discuss is who is going to be listed on the wedding invitation and how.

It was a common tradition in the past to have the parents of the Bride host and pay for their daughter’s wedding. As the hosts, they were respectfully listed first on the wedding invitations. Fast forward a few years and we are now faced with completely new wedding dynamics. Couples are getting married at older ages, putting careers first, using less traditional wedding venues, and of course using DIY solutions for just about everything you possibly can.

With so many changes to the way weddings today are held, a wedding budget can vary from as low as a few thousand dollars, escalating all the way to a few million dollars. This has left the “hosting” position open for the taking. With wedding traditions becoming a phase of the past, it is more common to see weddings being hosted by just the Bride and Groom or by all parties involved.

With that in mind, your invitation needs to properly list whoever is hosting (footing the bill for) the wedding!

Bride’s Parents Hosting:

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smith (Bride’s Parents)

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At the marriage of their daughter

Jenna Marie Smith (Bride’s Name) to

Luke Anthony Brown (Groom’s Name)

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brown (Groom’s Parents)

Groom’s Parents Hosting:

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brown (Groom’s Parents)

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At the marriage of their son

Luke Anthony Brown (Groom’s Name) to

Jenna Marie Smith (Bride’s Name)

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smith (Bride’s Parents)

Both Parents Hosting:

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smith (Bride or Groom’s Parents) and

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brown (Bride or Groom’s Parents)

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At the marriage of their children

Jenna Marie Smith (Bride’s Name) and

Luke Anthony Brown (Groom’s Name)

Bride and Groom and Both Parents Hosting:

Together with their parents

Jenna Marie Smith (Bride’s Name) and

Luke Anthony Brown (Groom’s Name)

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At their marriage

Bride & Groom Hosting:

Jenna Marie Smith (Bride’s Name) and

Luke Anthony Brown (Groom’s Name)

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At their marriage

These layouts are a great way to gauge where and when to list parents. The key is to keep in mind who is hosting the wedding and make sure they are acknowledged properly.

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By Laura Robertson . L.designs Invitations & Designs