Sending invitations if only having cake/champagne reception?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it okay for me to send wedding invitations if I'm only having a cake & champagne reception?
    Yes, it is completely reasonable to send invitations. : (56 votes)
    95 %
    No, just tell your friends and family about the ceremony day/time/etc. : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would definitely still send invitations 🙂

    Post # 4
    3584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Invitations are fine for a cake and champagne reception.  As long as the reception doesn’t fall at a time when one would normally be eating a meal. 

    Post # 5
    3659 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    As long as you have the wedding/short reception between regular meal times, I don’t think you should have a problem.

    Post # 6
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @MissScarlett:  you can still send invites, just mention that there will be a cake and champagne reception to follow.

    also, i would have the invites a bit more casual than you would for a full wedding reception.

    Post # 7
    2992 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Of course you send invitations! We are and we are having a ceremony that is going to last all of 10 minutes (maybe 15 with the processional and recessional) and a simple little reception afterwards of light refreshments, cake, punch, and coffee. Yep, not even champagne. We indicated on the invitations that light refreshments would be served immediately after the ceremony at

    and yes, even included RSVP cards. Now the day-after pig roast is announced on the wedding web site and by word-of-mouth.

    Post # 8
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Of course send the invites! Like you said, I would make sure to write that you’re having cake and punch so people don’t come too hungry. 

    Post # 9
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @MissScarlett:  We had a dessert reception at my first wedding. No food, just cake and pie. We sent out invitations (2pm so as not to interfere with any meal times) and clearly stated on the invitation “Dessert reception to follow” Easy as that. Just make sure to put it on the invitation and everyone will know what to expect.

    Post # 11
    1644 posts
    Bumble bee

    @MissScarlett:  Do not confuse “formal” with “extravagant”. A cake-and-punch reception is very traditional and can be more formal than the common evening dinner-dance reception. Invitations are entirely appropriate.

    Post # 12
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @MissScarlett:  I would send the invites! They are really nice keepsakes … Especially since it is for such a special occasion. Instead of “reception to follow” just put something along the lines of “cake and champagne to follow” to let guests know there will be something but not a dinner or meal or whatever.

    Post # 13
    3 posts
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MissScarlett:  I was wondering the same thing!  I, too, am having a cake and champagne reception. 

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