My parents were married for 27 years before their recent and extended divorce. My father is seeing another woman who has children of her own, but my mother is still single. My finance’s parents are also divorced and both remarried many years ago. What do we write on the invitations as far as acknowledging our parents? Do I have to invite my father’s girlfriend’s kids to my wedding if I’ve only meet them twice? Should we do something special for both Moms and Dads at the reception as opposed to just the father-daughter and mother-son dances? The only part of our mixed up families I’ve been able to coordinate is the seating chart. I’m having trouble trying not to step on anyone’s toes and could really use some advice.
When you have a tricky parental situation, that makes the invitation ‘parent lines’ a bit complicated.
If both sets of parents are contributing equally to the wedding, it’s a good idea to avoid the naming names hassle and just put the top line as:
The loving parents of
request the honour of your company…
Couples who do this also solve the parent-naming need by chosing a tri-fold invitation and listing all of the parents’ names on the left-hand panel, starting with the bride’s mother (and partner), then the bride’s father (and partner), then the groom’s mother (and partner) and then the groom’s father (and partner).
If you don’t like this option, you can word your invitation as such
Mrs. Anne Johnson [your mother] and Mr. Joseph Johnson [not the girlfriend; only spouses are included on the official invitation! You can thank parents and partners by name in the program]
and then go on to say
Request the honour of your presence at the wedding of
Mr. & Mrs. (groom’s mother and spouse)
Mr. & Mrs. (groom’s father and spouse)
That adds some extra lines to an invitation, BUT invitation designers are very familiar with the ‘lots of parents’ situation and can help you choose a style and font size to make your invitation look great. There’s a new trend in longer invitation cards that give you the extra lines, so make sure you ask for a wedding expert’s help!
For my wedding, I worked with Linda at http://www.invitations4sale.com, and she’s terrific! She’s the type of pro to give you a call immediately to suggest better wording and the proper order of parents’ listing!
And no, you don’t have to invite the girlfriend’s kids to the wedding. Especially these days with everyone on a budget, guests understand that you can’t invite everyone. And you’re not obligated by etiquette rules to invite them. If you were super-close, I’d say Yes, but that’s not the case so it’s okay to skip them!
As for special dances at the reception, the big trend now is to follow the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dance with another spotlight dance in which you invite all of your parents and their spouses, partners or dates to join you on the dance floor to dance to a special song you love. If your Mom doesn’t bring a date, ask her to dance with a favorite relative or friend. See who she’d like to dance with, since the spotlight couple’s dance might be a bit awkward for her if the wounds of her breakup are fresh. But many Moms love having the chance to show the ex they’re doing great! Make it part of a song to keep the lineup of spotlight dances short, so that all of your guests can get on the dance floor sooner!
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- [email protected] answered 2 months ago
there is an Irish Traditional Music band in Rome, they are cheap and play a lot of tunes and songs, their site with contacts is http://www.myspace.com/theshireitaly.
I saw them in a friend wedding, they are sooo irish… really incredible.
- Marzio answered 2 months ago
Hi , just thought I’d add a photo from the Irish College!
Hi , I got married in the Irish College in Aug ’07. We booked flowers, cars, music and photographer through the College, all were amazing!! The photographer was very professional but not intrusive! We ended up taking home over 100 pics cuse they were all so good, think they only cost 350/400 euro? “Fotogioberti, via Paolina”. The music was 1st class (I am a music teacher, so very hard to please!!)Flowers too were great, we only asked the receptionist in the College for flowers the day before wedding and didn’t even get to see them beforehand, it only cost 150 euro’s for bride + 3 bridesmaids + 15 buttonholes. We had our meal in hotel Quirinale on via Nazinale. Food and service was super, meal is served in the garden and goes on all night! Any questions feel free to ask? Thanx p.s I have included some photographs!
We are also looking for a photogrpaher as we are getting married at the Irish College, can anyone recommend someone?
Can anyone suggest an option for our wedding, there are only 3 of us going over (including myself and my fiance)?
the priest layed on a restaurant and the food was amazing to say the least as the food in the middle of rome is shockingly bad and very very very over priced the food was 55 euro a head and it was all the wine you could drink for free and it was a five course meal and even layed on a wedding cake amazing my email is [email protected]
i am just back from rome i was getting married in irish college but got in touch with a priest from ireland how lives in rome and has a beautiful church and is cheaper than irish college my email is [email protected]
Thanks a million and wishing you all the best for your wedding
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- raphaelleonetti answered 2 months ago
check out discussion here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346612
Riva destra is a gorgeous place with delicious food, but it is somewhat off the beaten path and not particularly traditionally Italian.
The chef (English), Allan, at Cantina del Vecchio has made me a great menu for our rehearsal dinner. http://www.cantinadelvecchio.it/default.asp?lang=en
Casina Valadier has very nice private rooms with gorgeous views for your size group. http://www.cantinadelvecchio.it/default.asp?lang=en at the top of the Spanish Steps
Hotel Gladiatori is right near the College, and has a nice terrace – wasn’t big enough for us, but I’d have considered it otherwise – great view! http://www.hotelgladiatori.it/it/roof_garden
http://www.hotelcapodafrica.com/capoenglish.html also has terrace, is very close to College and does catering for private events.
Ditto hotel Forum, just not quite as close to the College as Gladiatori http://www.hotelforum.com/
looking for somewhere to have a meal with family members after wedding. There will be about 20 of us.
I’m getting married in Rome next week, and did a lot of research on venues – what’re you looking for, reception halls? For how many people?
Hi we are getting married in the irish college in rome in june 2009 just wondering if anyone else is getting married there or have already been married there? looking for ideas for wedding venues.
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