Reception Invitation Wording, After a Private Wedding Ceremony

Having a private, destination wedding with the reception celebration at a later date means sending a reception only invitation with special wording.

Wedding invitations will not be sent to everyone, or maybe anyone, if the ceremony will be performed far from home. An engagement announcement may have been sent months earlier to let family and friends know of your intention to marry. Or maybe the union will be a complete surprise, which is fun also.

In either case, you are now a married couple and are ready to tell the world… and do some celebrating with close friends and family. Our stationery combines the announcement with the reception invitation. Photos can be added, which is a nice touch, since the invitees missed seeing you together at the ceremony.

How to Word Reception Invitations

The wording used on invitations for such an event will go something like this:

Bride and Groom… were married on DATE at PLACE
The reception celebration will take place….date, time and location
Options include adding the name of the host. Including “Mr. and Mrs.” text at the top, or sometimes I say “Introducing..” in my sample wording.

The invitation templates I create are similar in wording, but the designs and themes are various. Some cards contain photo templates as in the sample shown below with a sailboats background.

photo reception invitation

Photo Reception Invitation With Sailboats

Couples may choose a design according to where they were married (beach, tropical) or a theme that pertains to their likes or hobbies (nature, hiking mountains). We offer more than beach and tropical themes.

Purple reception invitations

Purple Hibiscus Photo Cards

An RSVP card can also be used, and we offer many in our RSVP Collection. Most are worded for a marriage ceremony, but the wording can easily be changed to accommodate a reception invitation. See my sample below, where I included the wording, “Kate and Jonah’s reception party” and at the bottom “Casual Dress, RSVP by date”.

Custom rsvp cards

Custom RSVP Cards

If the venue doesn’t make the invitation obviously formal or informal, mention the dress code so no one will feel out of place. If the RSVP will be by e-mail or phone, they could be told when they reply, but you’d only want to do that if the wedding reception is small!

It may be a good idea to include text that informs guests about gifts (be sure to tell them if no gifts are expected). Use wording such as, “Your presence is our present”.

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