Wording for Marriage Reception Invitations

by Lexi Sorenson

Along with your finely crafted wedding invitation, you may want to include a separate - but very important - invitation for the reception. A separate invitation is necessary if you're not inviting all wedding guests to the reception. After you have picked out the invitation design and the colors, you need to figure out what to say.

Formal vs. Informal

First and foremost, you need to decide if you want the invitation to be formal or informal. If it's informal, you can make it as fun as you want. You can add a bit of the humor or creativity that defines you as a couple. You could even hint at the theme of your wedding. If you're not sure what to say, or your reception is on the tradition side, stick to using formal language. Use phrases such as "The pleasure of your company is requested" or "You are cordially invited."


Keep the wording simple. Don't overwhelm your invitees with more information than they need. They need to know who's inviting them, what the event is, where it will be held and when it will be. Refrain from long paragraphs of information or anything that sounds at all mildly confusing.


Double-check the information. The last thing you want to do is realize there's a typo on the invitations after you've sent them all. Check and recheck to make sure the date, the time, the location and all contact information is correct.


Be subtle with your details. If you don't want kids at the reception, call it an adult reception. If you want a simple get-together, but aren't going the whole nine yards, call it a dessert reception or say that there will be refreshments and drinks. If the invitation is being sent to someone who isn't invited to the wedding, don't indicate that you're "continuing" the celebration.

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