Invitation Issue: Deceased parents

by epi on June 24, 2013

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.

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Winifred Rosenburg June 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

This question is posed by the aunt of the groom. She said her parents are deceased so that would be the groom’s grandparents, not parents.


Mariette's Back to Basics June 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Very appropriate answer and it just happened that I had such an invitation where both Fathers; from the Bride and the Groom, were deceased.
Thanks for your great posts!
Mariette’s Back to Basics


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