Samples of Wedding Reception (Only) Invitation Wording

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Each wedding reception will cater to the style and personalities of the couple, so it is not always necessary to stick with the traditional invitation standards. Most often the reception cards are included in with the wedding ceremony invitations as a suite style invitation. But, what if your ceremony is going to be small and private with a larger reception of friends after? Or, what if you are having an intimate destination wedding with a belated reception? Here you will find samples for wedding reception wording for all types of receptions.

Wedding Reception Invitation Wording in Different Conditions

Most often the reception details are included with the ceremony details, which is usually just a simple paragraph with the location and RSVP request. But, if some guests are only getting an invitation to the reception, then this is obviously not the invitation you want to send out to everyone.

For guest who are only being invited to the reception you will typically start the invitation in the same format as the ceremony invitations, but instead of using ‘at the wedding’ or other variation that pertains to the ceremony, you would write ‘at the reception’. You will still include the date, time, and location but make sure this information pertains to only the reception and not the ceremony. Reception cards should only go out to those guest who you are inviting to the event.

So, what if you are having a belated reception? If you are having a belated reception then you have some options for the wording. The invitations should include the host's name and be followed by something stating “repletion in the honor of Mr. and Mrs. Last Name”. If the reception is being held at someone’s home, you want to make sure you inform guests of this by simply using the wedding reception invitation wording “at the residence of…” with the address following.

If you need some inspiration for your reception only invitations wording, then please refer to the samples below.

Hosted by the Parents:​

1. Private Ceremony with Same Day Reception to follow

Mr. and Mrs. (Host First and Last Name)

Ask for your attendance at the wedding reception

that will be following the marriage of their daughter:

Bride’s Name

To

Groom’s Name

Date

Time

Location

Address

City. State

Come enjoy in an evening of merriment!

2. Private Ceremony with a Belated Reception

Mr. and Mrs. (Parent’s Name)

Announce the marriage of their daughter

Bride’s name

To

Groom’s Name

Please honor us with your presences as we celebrate the union at the wedding reception

On

Date

Time

Location

Address

City, State

Celebrate with us for this joyous occasion.

Hosted by the Bride and Groom:

1. Private Ceremony with Same Day Reception

(Brides Name) and (Groom’s Name)

Will be having a private wedding ceremony on

(DATE)

And would be honored if you would help celebrate at the wedding reception following the ceremony later in the evening.

Time

Location

Address

City, State

Please join us for an evening of merriment.

2. Destination Wedding with a Post Reception

We are excited to announce!

Bride Name

And Groom Name

Had a private wedding ceremony at (DESTINATION LOCATION)

We ask that you please celebrate our union at our reception

DATE

TIME

Location

Address

City, State

Helps us celebrate and enjoy an evening of merriment.

Casual Wedding Reception Invitation Wording:

1. Private Ceremony with Same Day Public Reception

The story begins when a guy met a girl,

What to know how the story ends?

Please join us at the wedding reception following the marriage ceremony of

Bride Name

And

Groom Name

On

DATE

TIME

Location

Address

City, State

RSVP information

2. Destination Ceremony with a Belated Reception

It is with great pleasure that

Bride

and

Groom

Announce their Marriage!

The private ceremony is held on

Date

In

LOCATION

We ask that you join us in celebration the union on

DATE

YEAR

TIME

Location

Address

City, State

RSVP Information

More Things You Need to Know About Wedding Reception Only Invitation

Order the Reception Invitations

You can place your orders for your reception only invitations the same time as your invitation for the ceremony if there are being held on the same day.

Sending the Reception Only Invitations

You can typically send the reception only invitations at the same time you send out the ceremony invitations, this should be at least 3 months prior to the wedding date. For guest who are out of town, or overseas, you want to send their invitation a little bit more in advance.

If you are having a ceremony and reception that will take place on different dates as stated through the wedding reception invitation wording, then you will want to send out the reception invitation at least three months prior to the date of the reception.