Wedding Reception Invitation Wording: That said, there’s one or two in every crowd that might find a post-wedding party invites strange or off-putting.
Thus, it’s best to play it safe and keep your invitation crystal-clear. If you’re struggling with your post-wedding invitation wording, check out the following tips and examples.
Wedding Reception Invitation Wording Tips
Reception is just like any other event, so your invitation should include all the usual details your guests need in order to attend. There are also a few considerations you may want to keep in mind that are specific to this type of invite:
The word “reception” is a source of confusion If you’re having a formal dinner with all the typical fanfare, then by all means call it a “reception.” But if the event is casual and/or some-time after the ceremony, consider calling it something else to avoid confusion. For example, you could call it an “I Do” Party, or a “Happily Ever After” Party.
Careful about what you highlight The word “reception” (or whatever you’re calling it) should be prominent. Words like “wedding” and “ceremony” should be avoided or de-emphasized to avoid confusion. Also, if the reception is on a different date than the wedding, make sure the reception date is prominent and the wedding date is in smaller type (if you mention it at all).
Don’t over-explain Party invitations should be kept simple, so don’t go overboard trying to explain why the recipient isn’t invited to the ceremony as well.
It’s your wedding and people should respect your wishes. If you suspect some people might have a harder time with it, it’s better to deal with them directly.
Here are some examples of appropriate wording for reception-only invitations. Feel free to use them as-is, combine messages, or best of all, add your own flair.
Note: To avoid a lot of repetition, some of these wording samples omit date, time, and other critical information. You wouldn’t forget to add those details, would you?