What is the proper wording for a wedding reception invitation that will take place a month after the wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on October 10, 2013


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My son is getting married in June a long way away from our home and many of our friends cannot atttend because of the distance. We would like to have a reception for him and his bride when they are able to come back home. How do I word the invitation?

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JM October 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

my hubby and i were married in vegas and upon our return my mom did the same thing. she put on the invitation that it was a reception celebrating the union of Jennifer & Jason that had taken place June 2nd 2007 in Las Vegas, NV.

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michaella October 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

‘Our wedding reception After Party’
or something like that , that is catchy and if your guests are all good friends, im sure it will catch on and also create some interest and queries before the event, so all should go well. ‘

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redpeach_mi October 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

i wouldn’t include it in the wedding invitation. send out a separate invitation to the party closer to time.

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Sarah J October 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Here are a couple ways (assuming the invite is coming from you. If not, you could alter them):

Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s Parents
request the honour of your presence
at the reception to celebrate the marriage of
Bride’s Full Name
to their son
Groom’s Name
(Formal date)
(Location)

Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s parents
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception
in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Newly Wedded Couple
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
(Formal date)
(Location)

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sophieandlukas October 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You can send out the invitation as a “Just married in (wherever). Please join us in celebration on ………”
soemthign like that. Its jsut an invitiation to the reception so its doenst have to really explain much more. you cna always do a photo of the wedding so people understand that part is done.

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HarleyKat October 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe invite you to join them for a reception honoring the marriage of their daughter Alice Doe Smith to Anthony Smith, which took place on (date) in (place).
This will be held on (date) upon the couples return from their honeymoon in (location).
(List location info)

If you would like to accept gifts, I would include a registry card as well…or if not, you can add something such as “Your presence at this joyous occassion is gift enough” which is a tactful way of saying no gifts.

Lastly, a small photo of their wedding is a nice accompaniment to the invite…if that is too pricey you can even print them from your own computer. :O)

Congratulations!

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Gary S October 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Firstly I give congratulation for your Son marriage.

First of all you should see some online samples of wedding reception invitations and get a idea about the size of reception invitations. Then you can type your required information in word document. This will give you better view to understand that how much text you can insert in reception invitation or what should be size of text.

Then you just need to buy reception invitations of your selected size and give printing order to your local card printer or you can place order to online websites for this.

You should add reception invitations sleep in wedding invitations so that you will not get bother for sending again to your guests. And if you want to invite more guests in reception then you can send them only reception invitations after wedding.

Regards
Gary

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667mom October 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

since it is so long in time apart, I wouldn’t send an invitation to anyone you don’t expect to actually BE THERE. I would send an ANNOUNCEMENT of the wedding AFTER. Then send an invitation to the reception OR after the wedding send an announcement that includes invitation to recp.
Like Mr and Mrs Son Name
were married in “far away”
on June 1 2008.
To celebrate their union
we are having a reception in their Honor
on August 15 2008 at 7pm

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Soon to be Mrs. H October 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

There are invitations that you can find online that are for situtations like yours. Like we got married and now we want to celebrate with you.

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mizkim October 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

There are many ways to combine an wedding annoucement and reception invitation. It depends on how formal you want your annoucement. Since you are issuing the annoucement and hosting the reception a basic template for the wording is:

GROOM PARENTS
have the honour of announcing
the marriage of
BRIDE
to
their son
GROOM
on DAY
YEAR
LOCATION
CITY, STATE

Please join us at a wedding
reception
DATE
TIME
LOCATION
CITY, STATE

Using the above template you can personalize it such as

Because you have shared in their lives
by your friendship and love
GROOM PARENTS
are proud to annouce
the marriage of
BRIDE
to
their son
GROOM
on DAY
YEAR
LOCATION
CITY, STATE

Please join us for a marriage celebration
DATE
TIME
LOCATION
CITY, STATE

Here is a good place for sample verses; they also sale a variety of Carlson Craft invitations:

http://www.lastingimpressionsoh.cceasy.com

Follow the verses link at top or you can also select an invitation and look at the verses options. They’re different then whats on the verses link.

You can mix and match quotes and verses to make something that is pleasing to you and that will match the mood and tone of the reception.

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iloveweddings October 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi. There are examples of wording on the net, but if it was me, I wouldn’t call it a “wedding reception.” I would do something like this:
(If you are hosting and inviting):

Please join us in celebrating the marriage of
Pamela (maiden name) and John Smith
who were married on
June 14, 2008, in Tempe, Arizona

This celebration will be held on
Saturday, July 19, 2008
at six o’clock in the evening
Lakeview Country Club
111 Lakeview Lane
Sarasota, Florida

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