Wedding Invitation Wording for Reception Only

 
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If you’re planning an intimate ceremony with a large celebration afterward, wedding invitation wording for reception only is crucial.

Maybe that dream chapel you’re getting married in has limited seating. Or, you’re having a destination wedding with a stateside reception at a later date.

No matter the reason, the good news is that it’s totally acceptable to have an intimate ceremony followed by a party-of-the-century afterward.

Let’s just make sure those invitations are carefully worded, mmmkay?

Because if you only have 50 seats in that chapel you’re getting married in and 150 people show up–you’ve got a big issue.

It’s important to make sure reception-only guests know that they are not invited to the ceremony. Likewise, it's important for guests invited to the ceremony and reception to be aware they can attend both celebrations. 

Learn the dos and don’ts plus get a few quick samples of wedding invitation wording for reception only weddings in today’s post.

 
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Quick Tips Before Getting Started:

There are a few basic things to keep in mind when planning this type of celebration. (There good ones–pinky promise! And they’ll help you keep your head on straight organizing both events.)

follow this one rule

If you only read one thing, read this: All ceremony guests must be invited to the reception, too.

So, yes, even your Aunt Mae (who hates staying out past seven o’clock) should be invited to your reception if she is also invited to the ceremony.

However, the rule doesn’t apply the other way around. You can have a small ceremony followed by a large dance-til-dawn reception.

Make two separate guest lists

Plan two separate guest lists. One list will include those invited to the ceremony and reception. The second list includes those invited to the reception only.

do you need two separate invitations?

If your wedding and reception are on different days, you will likely need two invitations for each event. One invitation will be for your wedding ceremony. The second invitation will be for your reception–i.e. if you’re having a destination wedding with a stateside celebration a few months later.

If both events are on the same day, the main invitation should to include reception details only. Then, include a smaller insert card with ceremony details. Your ceremony insert card will only be included in envelopes being mailed to guests who are invited to both events.

don’t skip rsvp cards

The same rule applies here as it does with wedding invitations. A reply card should be included in every envelope so you can get an accurate head count for both events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Wedding Invitation Wording for Reception Only

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the most important part of the process–wedding invitation wording for reception only events!

    This part can be tricky, so here’s the deal: The key to phrasing this type of invitation is to announce your marriage, not invite guests to witness it.

    Below are a few ideas for wedding invitation wording for reception only.

    private ceremony, same day reception:

    Formal, bride’s parents hosting:

    Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the wedding reception
    following the marriage of their daughter
    Anne Elizabeth
    to
    James Lucas Williams
    on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of September
    two thousand twenty
    at half past six o'clock
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    Informal, bride’s parents hosting:

    With great joy
    Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
    kindly invite you to a reception
    celebrating the marriage of their daughter
    Anne Elizabeth
    to
    James Lucas Williams
    Saturday, the twenty-sixth of September, 2020
    at half past six o'clock
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    ceremony and reception on different days

    Formal, bride’s parents hosting:

    Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
    are pleased to announce
    the marriage of their daughter
    Anne Elizabeth
    to
    James Lucas Williams
    on Saturday, the twenty-sixth of September
    in Paris, France

    The pleasure of your company
    is requested at a reception in their honor
    on Saturday, the tenth of October
    two thousand twenty
    at half past six o'clock
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    Informal, couple hosting:

    We're married!

    Please join
    Anne and James Williams
    for cocktails, dinner and dancing
    to celebrate our marriage

    on Saturday, the tenth of October, 2020
    at half past six o'clock
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    Wedding Ceremony Insert Card Wording

    If you print two different invitations–one invite for wedding ceremony guests and one invite for reception guests–you can use traditional wedding invitation wording for your ceremony invitations and add a small reception insert with after-party details.

    Here are some ways to word a wedding ceremony insert card.

    private ceremony, same day reception

    Formal, ceremony takes place inside of a church or place of worship:

    The honor of your presence
    is requested at a private ceremony
    on Saturday, the twenty-second of September
    two thousand twenty
    at eleven o'clock in the morning
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    Mobile, Alabama

    Formal, ceremony takes place anywhere other than a church or place of worship:

    The pleasure of your company
    is requested at a private ceremony
    on Saturday, the twenty-second of September
    two thousand twenty
    at eleven o'clock in the morning
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    Informal: 

    Please join us for an intimate ceremony
    on Saturday, the twenty-second of September, 2018
    at eleven o'clock in the morning
    Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
    Mobile, Alabama

    Paper goods for a private ceremony and large reception can be overwhelming! Need a fuss-free way to keep it all together? My full guide to wedding invitation wording for reception only weddings is filled with plug-and-play wording samples, etiquette tips, dos and don’ts, and so much more.

    Rest assured, you’ll be well on your way to flawless reception invitations–without feeling overwhelmed.

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