In today’s society, unmarried couples do not suffer the stigma that once accompanied being unwed and having a child. Baby showers and other customs should treat the couple, if they cohabitate, as if they were legally married. If the parents are divorced, it is assumed that they are cordial if they are having a shower hosted for them jointly. When wording the baby shower invitation, word everything as you would for married parents, except list the parents’ preferred legal names and don’t use customary titles such as Mr. and Mrs. unless the couple has requested this information be written on the invitations.
Things You'll Need
- Baby shower invitations, envelopes, stamps
- Pen or computer printer
- Baby shower information
- Legal, preferred names of the parents
- Baby’s name and/or gender if announced
- Baby registry information
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Provide the time and date of the baby shower on the invitation. Baby shower invitations may be purchased in a “fill in the blank” format allowing the sender to customize the information. Or, you can custom order baby shower invitations by providing the information to a company that will print the invitations for you.
Provide the location of the baby shower on the baby shower invitation. Providing a printed map is a pleasant convenience for guests.
Write the invitation. Sample text: "You are invited to a baby shower for proud parents Donald Wilkes and Sarah Stanley. Come welcome baby Elizabeth."
List the baby registries in smaller print or on the back of a single-faced card invitation. For example: "Baby Elizabeth is registered at: Target, Macy’s and Babies R Us. Or: David and Sarah are registered at: x, y and z." How you list the parents will depend on their status: dating/cohabitating couple, same-sex, or divorced couple. When addressing an invitation for a same-sex couple, list the names alphabetically.