What is the proper way to word an invitation to ONLY a wedding reception? ?

Our wedding is taking place at ah old heritage location, and it can only "seat" 85 comfortably, and we’re already stretching it by inviting 88. We are having our reception at the same location, but the hall can "stand" 200+. We would like to invite as many friends and relatives to join our celebration without stepping on any toes, and thus want to invite people to the reception. I’m stuck on how to word my "reception only" invites. HELP!!

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10 Responses to What is the proper way to word an invitation to ONLY a wedding reception? ?

  1. goody0096 says:

    A friend of mine sent out invitations with different invitation times on it so the people that she wanted to be there for the reception only were invited at a later time. She didn’t even put the words ‘reception only’ on it. Also, at some religious wedding ceremonies where most people are not invited to the ceremony, the invitation announces the wedding but invited people to the reception with the wording "…you are invited to the wedding reception of…" or something like that.

    Good luck!

  2. Let it Roll says:

    You write something along the lines of "Come and help us celebrate our wedding" and then put the time and place of the reception. This should be clear that it’s only a reception.

  3. GABI says:

    Here’s what i did. I didn’t want everyone there at my ceremony, as far as people coming to my reception, i didnt mind. So what i did, is i actually only printed out invitations to the reception, and yeah. For the people invited to the ceremony, i actually stuck an extra card in there, that said, You are invited to the ceremony. Call to RSVP and here is the time.

    Plus, those that were invited to the ceremony, knew it. Everyone else just got reception invites.

  4. srscott212 says:

    You are cordially invited to a reception celebrating the marriage of X and Y on

    January 31, 2008
    3:00pm
    Old Heritage Reception Hall

    rest of the information

    Best Wishes.

  5. SirenSong says:

    There isn’t one. There is no proper way to say "you’re good enough to come party with us and give us gifts but you aren’t good enough to attend the actual ceremony which is the most important part of the day". Be prepared for lots of folks to be offended if you try that.

  6. Common Sense says:

    Send separate invitations..
    Some get only wedding invitations..
    Some get only reception invitations..
    Some get both

  7. david.ivey says:

    I would suggest printing two sets of invitations: one set with an invitation to the wedding/reception and the second set with an invitation to the reception only. On the reception invitations, don’t even mention the wedding! This will avoid you having to specify that they aren’t invited to the actual wedding. Maybe they’ll assume you’re getting married at City Hall or the Courthouse and having a reception afterwards. Nonetheless, if the second set of invitations only mentions the reception, then they won’t even know when and where the actual wedding is, so you won’t have to worry about accommodating an abundance of people. Maybe they won’t even realize there was a wedding ceremony until it’s already over, and no one will create a fuss, because they don’t want to be the one to ruin your special day. And if someone does get mad and cause a scene, then I’m afraid there was probably nothing you could’ve done to avoid stepping on their toes anyway. I hope I helped.

  8. Lydia says:

    Lisa and Henry Williams were married March 21, 2009 and would like your attendance at a reception to celebrate their marriage:

    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    Hotel Ballroom
    123 Avenue
    Anywhere, US

    Cocktails 5 p.m.
    Dinner 6 p.m.
    Dance to follow
    No gifts, please

  9. mrstaylor2b says:

    Just buy reception or nighttime invites
    Our night time invites said to then the names,you are invited to the evening reception of deanne and craigs wedding
    On 6 march
    At 7pm

  10. nova_queen_28 says:

    Sorry, you are going to step on toes.

    IMO, its like sending an invite that says "you aren’t worthy of seeing us take our vows, but please come for the party and bring a gift".
    And that is very rude. If I were a guest, I would be very offended if I found out what you were doing and decline – - although I might send you an etiquette book as a gift so you don’t make such gross errors again.

    What you should do is either change the ceremony location to somewhere that can hold 200+ or you only invite those 88 people to the reception.

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