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How to word your reception-only invitations

Whether you’ve chosen to have a destination wedding and a reception back home or a private ceremony with a reception afterward, you will need reception-only invitation wording that announces your plans and celebration details. Here are a few wording examples you can modify to fit your situation. Notice that both wording examples can be sent from the couple or from either set of parents.

How to word your reception-only invitations

Destination Wedding – Reception-Only Invitation Wording
Cynthia and Zachary are happy to announce
their marriage that took place in a private ceremony
on Saturday, the fifteenth of August
two thousand twenty
in Los Cabos, Mexico

Please celebrate with them at a reception
on Saturday, the sixth of September
two thousand twenty
at seven o'clock in the evening
1824 House
2150 Main Street
Waitsfield, Vermont

Private Ceremony – Reception-Only Invitation Wording
Cynthia Karen Ballman
and
Zachary Joseph Kleery
will be married in a small ceremony
on Saturday, the fifteenth of August
two thousand twenty

please join us in celebration
at our wedding reception
following the ceremony
at seven o’clock in the evening
1824 House
2150 Main Street
Waitsfield, Vermont

If you are planning on having a small ceremony but would still like to invite a few people, we suggest ordering wedding invitations with reception-only wording and adding information cards personalized as ceremony cards for the individuals invited to the ceremony. Here is some wording you can use on the ceremony cards.

Please join us for an intimate ceremony
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Hotel Grand
8456 Fourth Street
Kingston, Illinois