We’re seeing a popular wedding trend happening in this post-pandemic world that we can’t get enough of. Couples are choosing to hold intimate wedding ceremonies, then throwing larger reception-only wedding celebrations to toast, dine and dance with their favorite people!


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Start With: A Simple and Stylish Reception Invitation

The cute and romantic reception only wedding invitation in our mood board is an adorable choice for your wedding reception.

The phrase “Happily Ever After Party” is shown at the top in sweet, script writing and you can customize all your reception details below. The background and wording colors can be changed to match your wedding style too.  The best part is the cheap price that makes a reception wedding even more affordable!

If you need ideas for how to word your invitation, check out our guide to reception-only wedding invitations.

Casual and Fun Reception Details

A reception-only wedding gives couples a chance to throw a fun and laid-back night of celebrating. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Delicious Food: Couples can choose to have a formal, sit down dinner or an appetizer-only reception. We love the idea of enjoying mini sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres all night while guests socialize and celebrate the couple. Don’t forget bite-size desserts!
  • Mobile Bar: A unique idea for your reception wedding is to hire a mobile bar. Think food truck, but with cocktails. A mobile bar is perfect for an outdoor event and your guests will love trying hand-crafted cocktails and specialty drinks. Add a custom, cocktail napkin for a fun and personalized detail for your bar.
  • Party Details: Make sure to have plenty of comfortable seating areas for guests to gather. Add strings of bulb lights to give the whole venue a soft and sparkly glow. Now, take a look at that wedding wheel in the mood board. How cute is it?! We’re obsessed with this idea and can imagine guests can spinning and laughing all night long.
  • The Happy Couple: The most important part of a wedding reception is that the newlyweds feel loved and celebrated by their loved ones. Make sure to steal some time away from the party to share your favorite dessert and drinks with your new spouse and enjoy your happily ever after!


Photo Credits: Bride and Groom: Melanie Parent Events, Hors D’oeuvres: The Umstead Hotel & Spa via Brides, Seating: Anna Gomes Photo via The Knot, Mobile Bar: The Aero Bar, Reception Wheel: pablobeglez via Wedding Forward