Reception Invitation Wording

Stumped for wedding wording? We recently received this “reception wording”” question from Andrea:

“Hey! So we’re having a DIY wedding! …The parking for my venue is actually in a different location and we’ll be having a trolley transport guests to the venue. The reception is following, but it will be a late reception. Also, because everything will be taking place a little later, and we’re on a very tight budget, we will not be serving dinner. It will be drinks, and desserts. I know it’s a lot to put on my invitations, but I feel like it needs to be understood to not come with an empty tummy… HELP please!”

I agree with Andrea! Unless guests are told otherwise, they will most likely come with expectations of being fed. Here are a few options for Andrea to clearly communicate the events of the day.

Need to communicate:

  • transportation details
  • light reception of drinks & dessert {no meal} + timing
  • how to suggest grabbing a meal beforehand

Wording solutions: 
If reception is at same location as ceremony and immediately follows the ceremony:

  • Wording the Invitation- add specific “light reception” info to the bottom of your invitation. The word “light” is key for informing guests that a full meal will not be served.
  • Guest Information Card–for specific info your guests will need. Here, you can communicate the details for the: trolley, light reception, wedding website, etc.

SPREAD THE WORD: In addition to the “light reception” wording at the bottom of your invite, another effective {and budget-saving} way of informing guests not to come with an “empty tummy” is to let them know via email, by phone or your wedding website. Make it easy {and fun!} for your guests–add area restaurants and menu ideas to your wedding website so they can plan ahead and even gather together for a meal on their own.

reception invitation wording




If your reception is at a separate location from {and does not immediately follow} your ceremony, it’s customary to treat it with a separate card: the Reception Card. The idea behind this handy info card is to lay out the reception specifics for your guests.

reception information wording


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