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Reception Only Wedding Invitation Wording

There are many reasons a newly married couple chooses to invite guests to a reception-only event. Maybe you:

  • Had a destination wedding at an exotic locale where price considerations didn't allow for people to travel
  • Eloped
  • Are trying to keep costs down by having a small wedding, but you still want to celebrate with family and friends

No matter the reason, you may still choose to celebrate the occasion with those closest to you.

A few things to consider:

  • If you could only afford a small wedding, you don't need to mention this in your invitations. Some guests may be hurt that they were not invited.
  • Your wording should reflect you as a couple; if your reception will be casual and funky, let your invitations reflect that. If your celebration will take place in a more refined venue, make sure your invitations match.
  • If you'll accept wedding gifts, or if you're registered anywhere, be sure to include that on your invitation.

Here are some specific examples to get your creative juices flowing.

To make these options fit your needs, just change the names, dates and location information. For additional help on creating your wedding invitation wording, be sure to look for the "Make It Yours" information blocks for additional tips.

Formal Options

Ceremony Hosted by Groom's Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Hilton
Invite you to join them for a dinner honoring
Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Stella Hilton
In celebration of their recent marriage
Saturday, July 14, 2013
5:00 pm
Hampton Glen Country Club
Hampton Glen, Virginia

Ceremony at Bride's Parent's Home

Mr. and Mrs. Davis Eagleton
Invite you to celebrate
The recent marriage
Of their daughter
Mrs. Stella Marie Eagleton Hilton
To
Mr. Jack Allen Hilton
Son of
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Hilton
Which took place June 18, 2013
In Honolulu, Hawaii
Please come toast the newlyweds
Saturday, July 14, 2013
5:00 pm
Our home
19067 Turtle Dove Circle
Hampton Glen, Virginia

General Invitation Wording

Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Stella Hilton
Kindly request your presence
In celebration of their recent nuptials
Which took place June 18, 2013
In Honolulu, Hawaii
Reception brunch to be held
Saturday, July 14, 2013
11:00 am
Fireside Grille
Hampton Glen, Virginia

Make It Yours
  • If either the bride's or groom's parents play host to the reception, you may word your invitation accordingly, which will be much like a traditional wedding invite.
  • While it's not necessary to include destination wedding information, you may decide to do so, so that guests don't feel slighted that they were not invited to that ceremony.
  • Make it clear that this is an invitation only to a reception and not the actual wedding so that guests will not be confused.

Casual Options

Destination Wedding Details

We pledged our love
June 18, 2013
On a Hawaiian beach
At sunset
We now invite you to join us and celebrate
At a reception
For all our family and friends
Jack and Stella Hilton
Saturday, July 14, 2013
3:00 pm
Hill and Dale Inn
Hampton Glen, Virginia

At Exclusive Venue

You are cordially invited
To a champagne brunch
To celebrate Jack and Stella Hilton's recent nuptials
Saturday, July 14, 2013
11:30 am
East Coast Country Club
Hampton Glen, Virginia

At Casual Venue

Davis and Bette Eagleton
Request the pleasure of your company
At a reception gathering
For their daughter
Stella
And her new husband
Jack Hilton
Please toast the newlyweds with us
Saturday, July 14, 2013
2:00 pm
Tippy's Bar and Grille
Hampton Glen, Virginia

Casual

Jack and Stella Hilton
Invite you to celebrate
Their marriage
At a reception dinner
Saturday, July 14, 2013
6:00 pm
Hill and Dale Inn
Hampton Glen, Virginia

Casual – Hosted by Groom's Parents

Fred and Donna Hilton
Invite you to join them for a dinner honoring
Jack and Stella Hilton
In celebration of their recent marriage
Toast the happy couple
Saturday, July 14, 2013
6:00 pm
Hill and Dale Inn
Hampton Glen, Virginia

Make It Yours
  • Casual invitations may omit the last names of the couple.
  • For casual invitations, there's no need to spell out the dates or years; simply use Arabic numerals.
  • Include the location address unless it is being more clearly detailed in another enclosure with your invitation.