Q: My nephew is getting married in Brazil and he is finalizing the invitations but needs some advice. My parents were divorced and now both are deceased and we’re planning to put both of our parents’ names on the invitations. What is the best way to include them?
A: When the couple wants to include deceased parents’ names on the invitation, the most important thing is that the invitation does not appear to be issued from someone who is deceased. Therefore, the invitation is issued by the bride and groom:
Maria Ann June Tierney
daughter of Mary Ann and William Tierney
James Thomas Gilmore
son of the late Joan Althea Gilmore and Ralph Gilmore
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the thirty-first of May
two thousand and fourteen
It should also be noted that initials are not used on a formal invitation. Therefore, a middle initial should not be used. Instead the name should be written out or omitted.