Reception-only invite wording?

by DIY wedding planner on December 13, 2011

We are having a small wedding and larger reception. Yes yes. I know this frustrates some.
But what I’m trying to do now is come up with invitation wording that is both clear (I don’t want someone getting confused as to whether they are invited to the wedding) and yet kind (whatever will make people feel less offended for not being invited to the wedding portion.)
A sample
John and Jane Doe
joyfully invite you to a semi-formal
outdoor wedding reception
in honor of
Jane Doe II
John Doe II
At such and such time
The first of October
Two thousand ten
A private wedding ceremony will precede the reception.

We are also thinking of using post-wedding celebration instead of wedding reception.

What do you think?
Clear enough?
Kind enough?
Do you prefer wedding reception or post-wedding celebration?
Any other ideas?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

MissMoneyPenny December 13, 2011 at 6:53 am

I just got dance-only invites printed and used this wording:

Bride’s full name
Groom’s full name
would like to invite you
to celebrate their marriage
by attending our wedding reception

On Saturday the twenty-fourth of July
Two Thousand ten
At nine o’clock
Name of venue
Street address
City, Province, Postal Code

I like using “reception” instead of “post-wedding celebration”. Using the word post makes me think you got married a few days or a month ago and this is a follow event for local friends.


b2b 5/2/10 December 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

well i would not put semi-formal on the invite itself – that just seems tacky to me…
the rest sounds good
maybe instead of “in honor of” say “to celebrate the marriage of”, that just seems a bit clearer to me :)

i think “post-wedding celebration” sounds bad honestly, stick with reception

if i recieved this i would not be offended


iloveweddings December 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

Hi. I like the version that takes the word “wedding” completely out. More like this:

John and Jane Doe
joyfully invite you to a semi-formal
outdoor reception to honor the marriage
of their daughter
Kelly Ann
Kevin Thomas Smith
Saturday, the sixth of July
Two thousand ten
Six o’clock in the evening
Golf Shores Country Club
111 Golf Shores Drive
Tampa, Florida

Kelly and Kevin will be married in a private
ceremony earlier in the day.

OR, if you like your version better, then just leave it as such.
No need to say “post” as it IS following the wedding.


Lydia December 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

Miss Money’s is a good one – except you must add at the very bottom “No gifts, please”, since these people were not invited to the ceremony.


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