Reception Invitation Wording, After a Private Wedding Ceremony
Having a private, destination wedding with the reception celebration later on means sending an invitation with special wording. Wedding invitation will not be sent to everyone, or maybe anyone, if the ceremony will be performed far from home with either just the Bride and Groom present or close friends only. An engagement announcement may have been sent months earlier to let family and friends know of your intention to marry and between then and now, you’ve held the ceremony at a remote location, soaked up plenty of sun on your tropical honeymoon, and are back home ready to party with everyone you know.
The wording for a reception after the wedding and honeymoon will depend on what type of celebration you want but generally you will mention that you were married on [DATE] in [PLACE] and then add the location and time of the party. (See example invitation with starfish, which has a photo template on the other side.)
You may want to include text that informs guests that no gifts are expected (if that’s the case) so add wording such as, “The only gift requested is your presence”, or include it with the RSVP, “RSVP to [e-mail, person, number, etc.], informal attire, no gifts please.” When guests miss out on the wedding itself, gifts shouldn’t be expected, but of course, some people may bring gifts anyway.
If the venue doesn’t make the invitation obviously formal or informal, mention the dress code so no one will feel out of place. If the RSVP will be by e-mail or phone, they could be told when they reply, but you’d only want to do that if the wedding reception is small!
For large receptions including reply cards with the invitation may be the way to go. This is a bit more formal, but may be easier to keep track of the number of guests.
If you wish to have a very informal gathering of friends you could even choose to send a postcard invitation which is very casual with wording that simply says “We’re married, come celebrate!”
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- My Presence is my Present! (vipdestinationweddings.wordpress.com)
Posted on June 28, 2012, in After the Honeymoon, Receptions and tagged after the wedding, invitation, private ceremony, starfish, tropical, wedding reception, wording. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.