How to Word Second Marriage Invitations

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Wording invitations to second weddings is easy, but requires a few special considerations. When deciding how to word the invitation for a second marriage, you should take into consideration how the bride's name will appear and who will host the wedding. As with any wedding, the invitation to a second wedding sets the tone for the event and should reflect how formal the ceremony and reception will be.

  • Decide how the bride's name will appear on the invitations.

    A divorced bride marrying for the second time should use her first name, maiden name and married name or first, middle and last name with no title. If the bride doesn't use a title with her name, the groom shouldn't, either.

    A widow should use "Mrs." followed by her late husband's name or use her first name, maiden name and married name with no title (the latter is more common for young widows).

  • Decide who will host the wedding. The hosts can be the bride and groom themselves or one or both sets of parents. Traditional etiquette says a bride and groom should host their own wedding if it is the second marriage for a divorced bride.

  • If the parents are hosting the wedding, start the invitation by listing their names, then saying, "request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter/son/children" and listing the names of the bride and groom.

    Example:

    Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request
    the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
    Sarah Carter Smith
    to
    Joseph John Williams

    or

    Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
    and
    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Williams
    Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their children
    Sarah Carter Smith
    and
    Joseph John Williams

  • If the bride and groom are hosting the wedding, start the invitation with, "The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Sarah Carter Smith to Joseph John Williams" or "Sarah Carter Smith and Joseph John Williams invite you to their wedding."

  • State the time and location of your wedding.

    Example:

    Saturday, the thirteenth of February at two o' clock.
    John and Mable Ringling Mansion
    Sarasota, Florida

  • Add reception information. Use a phrase like, "Reception to follow," and state the time and location.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a less formal wedding, you can simply use the hosts' first and last names instead of using "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith," and replace formal phrases like "request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their children" with informal language like "invite you to the marriage of their children."

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