Wedding Invitation Q&As

Composing wedding invitations involves complex-and beautiful-etiquette guidelines. We RSVP to your urgent questions.

Both Sets of Parents Are Hosting

Q: Both my and my fiancé's parents are hosting our wedding reception in November. How should our invitations be worded? —Quincy, Illinois

A: When the groom's family is co-hosting the wedding with the bride's, the invitation should read as follows:


Mr. and Mrs. John Sloan
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Kaitlyn Sloan
Thomas Smith
on Saturday, November 27th, 2001

See our Invitation Wording Examples for handling other situations.

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I have a few friends who included a Save the Date magnet in their wedding announcements. It was pretty helpful - I attached the invitation to my fridge using the magnet provided, and then on the day of the wedding, when I was scrambling to get out the door on time, I was able to quickly locate the invitation for directions. For my Save the Dates, I did a postcard. However, I still like the idea of including a magnet in the actual invitations. My invitations will have a pocket for the RSVP card, and I was thinking of including a magnet of my fiance and I there. Would this be OK, and if so, what would be the proper wording on the magnet at this point - would "Save the Date" still be OK?