Second-time brides and grooms may not feel quite right using traditional wording for wedding invitations, but don't want to directly state their marriage is a second one. However, they can use specific language and verses that fit the tone and formality of the event, conforms to wedding etiquette, and which indicates that the event is a second marriage.
Second Wedding Verse Examples
If you do not care to use any of the second wedding verses you've found at a stationary store, consider using one of the wedding invitation wording samples provided below. These examples are tailored for specific types of events:
Bride and Groom Hosting Wedding, Sample 1
Mr. Aaron Ray Riley
Ms. Susan Frieda Day-Johnson
Extend an invitation to their wedding celebrating their new start as one
On the twenty-first of January
At Harper's Inn Ballroom
At three o'clock in the afternoon
Bride and Groom Hosting Wedding, Sample 2
Please join the celebration of the beginning of a new life together honoring
Sarah Jane Smith, formerly Thompson
Robert Burton Lance
On the thirtieth of May, two thousand and fourteen
At five o'clock in the evening
In their home
215 ABC Road
Bride and Groom's Children Issuing Invitation
Vanessa Walker, Robert Walker, and Claire Thompson
Wish to invite you to the nuptials of their parents,
Ann Marie Walker
Fredrick James Thompson,
On the seventh of June
At nine o'clock in the morning
At the Botanical Gardens
Destination Wedding Invite
John Smith and Jane Walker
Invite you to join in the celebration of the joining of their lives and families
On the twentieth of June
At three in the afternoon
Reception immediately to follow at Wayshore Inn
Jack McManus and Catherine Smith
In celebration as they begin a new chapter of life together
Saturday, October 30, 2014
At 1:30 PM
Holy Trinity Church
Reception to immediately follow
Sequoia Restaurant, Washington DC
Etiquette and Choosing the Right Verse
Other than that of traditional wedding invitation etiquette, there is no specific etiquette to follow when creating or sending invitations to a second wedding. However, second weddings can be complicated and issues may crop up when it comes to writing wedding invitation verses for them. The answers to these questions can help determine how to word an invitation for a second wedding:
- Is it a second wedding for both the bride and groom? A second wedding can often be signified by verses that speak about a new beginning or chapter in life. These verses do not need to overtly indicate that the event is a second wedding by stating such; in fact, doing so might make some guests uncomfortable. Therefore, a simple indication that it is a second wedding is enough.
- Who is hosting the wedding? Invitations to a second wedding are usually issued by the couple themselves. Therefore, it is unnecessary to indicate that there is a host or hostess, such as the bride's parents, for the event.
- If it is the bride's second marriage, does she still go by her former husband's last name? Women who are still going by their ex-husband's last name may want to include their maiden name on the invitation, to clarify who she is to guests who may know her only by her maiden name.
- Are there any children involved? If either the bride or groom has children, it may be pertinent to mention them on the invitation. This is true regardless of the children's age or if they are paying for the wedding.
Sending Your Invitation
Customize the invitation to your second wedding so that it reflects your personalities and positions, the formality and mood of your event or whether any children are involved in the nuptials. This is a nice way to indicate that the wedding is not the first for either the bride or groom.