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Knowing what is appropriate to say in your wedding invitations is often an overlooked issue. But there are certain rules you need to follow. There are actually correct ways of etiquette to write wedding invitations and incorrect ways, depending on what your particular situation is.

* Traditional. The typical way an invitation is written in American society today is to start out the invitation by stating that the parents of the bride (or whoever sponsors the wedding) "requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of" their daughter and the groom. Then the invitation typically goes on to tell you the date and time of the wedding, and the location of the service. If the wedding is sponsored by both the bride and the groom's parents, then the invitation may start out differently. In that case, it should state that the parents of (the bride) and (the parents of the groom) request your presence.
* If the groom's parents solely sponsor the wedding, it is typical for the invitation to state that "(names of the parents of the groom) request the honor of your presence at the marriage of (the bride) to their son (name of the groom)."
* If the soon-to-be married couple sponsors their own wedding, it is proper etiquette for the invitation to state "The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of (the bride) and (the groom)." This is simple.
* If only one of the parents is sponsoring the wedding or if a parent has divorced or is deceased and the other parent is sponsoring the wedding, the invitation traditionally reads "(the name of the sponsor) requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of (his/her) (daughter/son) to (the name of the sponsor's child)."