How do you word a wedding invitation with two receptions?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

my fiance and I are getting married in the town we live in. My family is flying in, but not all of his family can come. We want those who want to come to the wedding to come, but those who can’t make it, we want them to be able to come to the recption in Ohio. We don’t want anyone to feel like they are not invited or that they can only go to the Oregon or Ohio reception. We want our guests to be able to choose. How should I word it? Here is a sample of how the invitation looks:

The honor of your presences is requested at the marriage of
Dragongirl Ladyellei
Mr. Future Husband
Saturday the Fourth of July Two thousand and nine
at eleven o’clock am
Church Chapel
City, Oregon
Reception immediately following the ceremony at Reception Hall in City, Oregon
Our Address
CIty, Oregon 97XXX

So where do we put the Ohio reception that is on August 15?

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Vashti December 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Is the July reception at the church reception hall?

If it’s at a different location than the church, you’re supposed to have a separate card for the reception.

Have a separate card for the August reception.

Each person would get:
Reception Card – July
Celebration – August


helpless13one December 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

First of all don’t do that to your and fiancé’s Wedding invitations. An “Oregon” Wedding Invitations should be given to the guests you know will be attending to the wedding.

Instead, give your guests in “Ohio” an In-town Celebration Reception Invitations only, which you both know you’ll be there. For those that can’t be at your wedding in Oregon must receive announcement stating you want them to be part of the missing celebration.

Announce them that the wedding will take place in “Oregon” (Have it written in as the same detail as in Oregon wedding invitation.) and you’ll have an “Ohio” in-town celebration’s reception (Have it written in where the Ohio’s reception will be held at and on what date and time.)

So, make invitations for Oregon’s wedding and another invitations for Ohio’s celebration reception. Two different invitations.

Other reception invitation tips worth mentioning:

For brides who are having a destination wedding and are planning a reception in their hometown after the wedding, including reception card information as to the in-town celebration is a good way to invite guests to attend the celebration if they are not able to make it to the destination. It is considered impolite to invite guests to a wedding and not to the reception. This is implying that some guests are important enough to entertain and some are not.

Hope this help? Congratulations!!!


Leannain December 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

You have the reception cards say
Reception immediately following Reception Hall in City, Oregon

Reception August 15th Reception Hall in City, Ohio

Or you send separate invitations to the Ohio reception but put them in the same envelope you also need separate response cards or response cards that say

Oregon reception

__will attend

Ohio Reception

__ will attend


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