Reception Only Invitation Wording

Jan 30 2014

Reception Only Invitation Wording (Post Wedding)

We’ve been getting questions lately regarding “reception only” invitation wording. Why is this? Here are a few reasons why couples might need this type of post wedding invitation wording.

  • theirs is a destination wedding and the reception is at a later date
  • desiring a small, private ceremony–but a large reception immediately afterward or later
  • eloping and having the reception at a later date

See below 4 wording samples for “reception only” invitation wording …

Reception Only Invitation Wording

4 Scenarios for {Post-Wedding} Reception Invitation Wording

 

1. Private Ceremony, Same Day Reception {Parents host}

Mr. and Mrs. John Youngren
request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding reception
following the marriage of their daughter

Josilyn Youngren
to
Bailey Alvarez

on July 6, 2015
at 7 o’clock in the evening

1824 House 2150 Main Street
Waitsfield, Vermont

Merriment all night!

 

2. Private Ceremony, Same Day Reception {Bride & Groom host}

Josilyn Youngren and Bailey Alvarez

will be married in a private ceremony
on july 6, 2015

please celebrate with us at our reception
following the ceremony
at 7 o’clock in the evening

1824 house 2150 main st.
waitsfield, vermont

merriment all night

 

3. Private Ceremony, Later Reception {Parents host}

Mr. and Mrs. John Youngren
have the pleasure of announcing
the marriage of their daughter

Josilyn Youngren
to
Bailey Alvarez

Please join Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez
in celebration of their marriage
at the wedding reception

on July 6, 2015
at 7 o’clock in the evening

1824 House 2150 Main Street
Waitsfield, Vermont

Merriment all night

 

4. Post-Destination Wedding Reception {Bride & Groom host}

WE DID IT!

Josilyn Youngren
and
Bailey Alvarez

were married in a private ceremony
on the island of Kauai, Hawaii

please celebrate with us at our reception
on july 6, 2015
at 7 o’clock in the evening

1824 house 2150 main st.
waitsfield, vermont

merriment all night!

 

Adapted and updated from this post Private Ceremony, Reception Later

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6 thoughts on “Reception Only Invitation Wording

  1. What if you are having a cocktail party the day before with more people than are invited to the wedding? Celebrate the pending nuptials?

  2. You are on the right track, Megan! Your situation is similar to what couples may do for a pre-destination wedding party. Use this as inspiration, but change it up a bit to fit your needs: “Please join us to celebrate the upcoming marriage, and send off the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. with your best wishes.” Proper etiquette also points to requesting that guests of the cocktail party need not bring gifts.

  3. Hello, We had our wedding in January in a private setting, and are having our Reception in July with about 130 family and friends. Just a little bit delayed. 😉 Do you have any suggestions for wording on a reception only inviation, announcing our already marriage. Also, would I put my married name, or maiden?

  4. Great questions, Elise! Check out this past blog post of ours: Reception Only Invitation Wording (Post Wedding) : It should answer your question 🙂 As far as married vs. maiden name – go with your married name. Since you’re sending out those reception invites post-wedding ceremony, it’s okay to proudly use your new married name.

  5. How do we go about having both sets of parents on the invitation? We, the bride and groom are technically hosting, but respectfully want to add them without sounding redundant or confusing with all the couples names! Help!

  6. Hi Siobhan! I think you’ll find this resource of ours quite handy 🙂 We lay out nearly every type of situation for how to word invites, listing hosts/names/etc. Check it out here. Good luck on your wedding planning – we’re here to help!

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