Private Ceremony, Reception Later

Categories Resources + Wedding Stationery

Let’s paint a couple of pictures … one of a beach destination wedding and another of a private wedding ceremony that includes a bride, a groom, and their closest family and friends. They could be getting married in some far-off distant and tropical land–or they could be right around the corner at a tiny church or at city hall. How do you word the invitation for a beach destination wedding? How do you word the invite if it’s a private ceremony with reception later?

Of course, you’ll want to tweak, personalize and formalize the wording to fit your style and special circumstances but here are 3 different invitation wording samples for the above scenarios …

Destination Wedding
The wording on this destination-themed invite includes guests that are invited to both the ceremony & the reception.
Love Airways- Flat Tea-length Wedding Invitation


ticket wedding invitation


Private ceremony, same day reception
The wording on this invitation is for reception-only {same day private ceremony}. Here, the couple prefers to wed in a private ceremony with only their closest friends and family in attendance. They will celebrate with the rest of their family and friends later on at their reception. They will still need to send RSVPs with their invites.

Signature of Love- Flat Square Wedding Invitation

square wedding invitation


Private ceremony, later reception
A little bit different … this invite wording acts as a festive destination wedding announcement. It also invites guests to a reception about 3 weeks after the ceremony- to celebrate the couple’s marriage.

Tropical Paradise Flat Rectangle Wedding Invitation

destination wedding invitation

As always, I hope this wording helps! Let me know if there are any other scenarios we can help you with …





Top 5 Questions: Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Categories Resources + Wedding Stationery

Modern weddings enjoy lots and lots of freedom these days- no longer adhering to the hard and fast rules of days gone by. While often told by older generations, many couples still like to know basic etiquette regarding their wedding stationery. Here are 5 of the most popular etiquette topics that we get and that every couple should be aware of- before they push their envelopes.

Flat Tea Length Wedding Invitation

{Soft & Sweet- Tea Length Wedding Invitation}

1. What is the basic wording that my invitation must have?
Every invitation must have: who {is hosting} and who {getting married} when {time & date} where {ceremony location}. Traditionally, if a couple marries in a house of worship, wording reads: “request the honor {honour} and “favor {favour} of a reply” on the RSVP card. Words, dates and numbers are typically spelled out, and the only abbreviations are Mr. and Mrs. Punctuation is typically found only in the time, date or in the location.


Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frank Johnson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn
Mr. Jacob Michael Lund
Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand twelve
at five o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Osceola, Wisconsin

less formal:

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frank Johnson
invite you to celebrate
the marriage of their daughter
Anna Evelyn
Jacob Michael Lund
Saturday, the twenty-third of July
two thousand twelve
at five o’clock
Grace Fellowship Church
Osceola, Wisconsin

2. Can I print “No Children” on my wedding invitations?
No. Wording like this is negative and has the potential to offend. The best way to communicate your wishes for an “adult only” event is by properly addressing your invitation envelope{s} to those who are specifically invited. Read more about using double envelopes.

3. Can I include my registry or gift information on my invitations?
No. Even though most guests bring gifts, it is considered poor etiquette to include that on your invitation- even if the gifts are intended for charity. Have your family and wedding party spread the word rather than have gift or registry info printed on your invites.

4. Should I take the time to find out the titles, relationships and names of all my guests?
Yes! Details matter! When an envelope arrives properly addressed and correctly spelled, it speaks volumes about your attention to detail. Not only that, it’s thoughtful and respectful to try to include the professional titles and learn the names of all your guests.

5. Can I print out labels to address my wedding invitations?
No. While it is tempting, the handwritten invite lends a special touch and is still considered proper etiquette. I’d recommend  inviting 2 of your best friends over {who have excellent handwriting} for a few hours of addressing and stuffing envelopes. It’s a great bonding time- I promise!

What are your thoughts on etiquette? Old fashioned or something to pay attention to?

check out the Top 5 Save the Date questions answered




Wedding Poems

Categories Inspiration

Love and poetry have always gone hand in hand.

Are you considering including a poem of some sort in your ceremony, on your invitation or program? From contemporary to classic, here are a few not-so-sappy and hard to understand love poems- sure to get those romantic juices flowing.

Which one is your favorite?

Love’s Philosophy
P.B. Shelley

The Fountains mingle with the Rivers
And the Rivers with the Oceans,
The winds of Heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother,
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?

Emily Dickinson

Love is anterior of life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation and
The exponent of breath.

From Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

Come. And be my baby.
Maya Angelou

The highway is full of big cars
Going nowhere fast
And folks is smoking anything that’ll burn
Some people wrap their loves around a cocktail glass
And you sit wondering
where you’re going to turn.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.

Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
But others say we’ve got a week or two
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering
What you’re gonna do.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.

To Be One With Each Other
George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories.


and for those that want to express their humorous side … {during a reading perhaps?}
From the movie- The Princess Bride

Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togeder today.
Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam.
And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah…
So tweasuwe youw wove…

Which is your favorite style of poetry?

Check out our Half-fold wedding invitation type … it’s a fabulous option as there is lots of room for sharing your love poem or even your love story.

Which is your favorite poem?


Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Categories Resources + Wedding Stationery

You’ve decided you are not inviting children to your wedding ceremony or reception. Now, you need to let your guests know … is there an easy way to tell them?

Yes, there is. It might be one of those sticky situations in your wedding planning, but with the right wording, your wishes should be respected and your worries be put to rest.

How to communicate that children are not invited to your wedding
{without actually saying -  CHILDREN ARE NOT INVITED}

- While it really isn’t ok to say NO CHILDREN on the wedding invitation, it is ok to say something like “Adults Only” or  “Adults Only Reception” on the wedding invitation

- Another great option is to allow your mom and wedding party to spread the word for you.

- Don’t forget to use  double envelopes to clearly communicate who is invited and who isn’t.

adults only wedding reception

Looking for polite ways to respond to questions about your reception choice? Try these:

‘We hope no offence is taken but due to budget restrictions, we are unable to invite your children.’

‘We thank you for understanding that we have chosen to invite only the family children to our wedding.’

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