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Can you properly include your deceased father in your wedding invitation?

The correct wedding invitaton etiquette regarding including a deceased father

My father recently passed away and I would like to include his name on my wedding invitations. How can I do that?
While it is a lovely sentiment that you would want to include your
deceased parent on your wedding invitation, there really isn’t a way to
properly do that. The purpose of the invitation is to invite […]

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Proper Wedding Invitation Wording for widowed mother

Correct Wedding Invitation Etiquette for widowed mother

My mother is a widow who has not remarried. She prefers the use of
her first name. Can her name read, “Mrs. Karen Marie Sampson on my wedding invitations?”
A widow who has not remarried to be proper should use her deceased
husband’s name, preceded by “Mrs.” (A divorced woman should use “Mrs.”
followed by her first, maiden, and […]

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How to deal with wedding invitation wording when there is a widowed parent

Wedding Invitation Etiquette regarding a widowed parent

When one of the bride’s parents is deceased, her wedding
invitations are issued by her surviving parent. His or her name appears
alone on the invitations line. In most cases the stepparent’s names are
not included. An exception would be if the stepparent helped to raise
the bride from a young age and she is close to that stepparent. […]

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More on correct wedding invitation wording when it comes to divorced parents’ names

How to correctly list divorced parents' names

My mother is divorced and has resumed using her maiden name. What title
should she use in my wedding invitation?
Her name should appear without a title which means that all other titles
should be omitted as well for consistency.
Why isn’t “and” used between the names of divorced parents on wedding invitations?
The word, “and” connects the two as […]

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Another question involving divorced parents and wedding invitation wording

How to indicate that divorced father is paying for wedding

My parents are divorced and my father is paying for the wedding. How can we indicate that in the wedding invitations?
The wedding invitation is not the forum for that. Its purpose is to
invite family and friends for a celebration of the giving away of the
bride by the family to her new husband. The center of […]

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More on wedding invitation wording to include father’s new wife’s name

Wedding invitation etiquette dealing with possible hurt feelings with father has reamarried

I’m afraid that if I don’t include the name of my father’s wife on my wedding invitations, it might hurt her feelings.
As I just mentioned yesterday, the importance of wedding invitation etiquette should never
out weigh the importance of relationships. The purpose is to build
relationships, not to harm them.
I can think of a couple of suggestions […]

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Another “divorce” question | What is the correct wedding invitation wording when your father has reamarried.

Proper wedding invitation etiquette when father has remarried after a divorce.

If my parents are divorced and my father has remarried, where does his wife’s name appear on the wedding invitations?
Traditionally, it is your natural parents who “give you away.”
Therefore usually it is only their names that appear on your wedding
invitations.
There are exceptions, of course. If the bride was adopted,
then of course it would be […]

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What is the proper wedding invitation wording when my parents are divorced?

Proper wedding invitation etiquette when including divorced parents in your wedding inviations

These are some of the most difficult wedding invitations for which to
create the proper wording without hurting someone’s feelings, so you
may have to opt for a less formal way of presenting the information.
There are some rather simple and straightforward rules to handle these
situations and I will address them here, but if emotions take over, you
may […]

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More questions regarding wedding invitation wording for repeat weddings

Answers to questions regarding wedding invitation wording for non traditional weddings

I am marrying for the third time. How should my name on my wedding invitation read?
Your first name, maiden name, and your second husband’s name are used.
I am divorced and getting remarried. May I use “Ms.” instead of “Mrs.?”
No, “Ms.” is never properly used on wedding invitations. It is
reserved for business correspondence only. It […]

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Is the wording different in wedding invtations for a second marriage?

Wedding invitation wording for second marriages

Statistically, about half of all Americans will divorce and
remarry. Consequently, many of the wedding invitations being issued today are
for second marriages. When either the bride or both the bride and groom
are marrying for the second time, the wedding invitations are sent out
by the bride and groom themselves. If it is the first marriage for the
bride […]

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