Wedding Invitation Q&As

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Divorced Parents

Q: My divorced parents are both hosting my wedding, along with my stepfather, my mom’s husband. How should the invitations be worded to include all of them? —Walnut Creek, California

A: Your mom and stepfather should be listed first, followed by your dad:

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Jones
Mr. Jonathan Rogers
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
(your name), etc.


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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?