Post # 1
My fiance and I live in NYC and since we’re pretty private people and both of our families are in different states. We’ve decided to have a small immediate family only wedding this Summer in Central Park. Since I only have immdediate family and no extended this works really well for me. However, my fiance comes from a very large extended family. He is pretty shy and by no means wants a big wedding either, but his parents want to throw us a reception in their home state and invite all of their family to celebrate. We were fine with this as long as it didn’t put to much pressure on us. (They said they would handle everything) It would take place right after we get back from our honeymoon, two weeks after our wedding. They now want us to send out the invitations but I don’t know what to call it. They’ve been calling it a reception so I assumed that was corrent until I recently read you aren’t suppose to call it that unless it takes place right after the ceremony. Opinions on this? Can I call it a reception?
Post # 2
I’ve heard it called a wedding celebration. I think you can call it whatever you want, as long as it is clear from the invite wording that you are already married (so there is no confusion).
Post # 4
Reception makes the most sense. I don’t know what else you would call it?
Post # 5
I’ve seen mention of calling it a “Wedding Celebration” but that seems weird to me.
Post # 6
My cousin did something like this and called it “A celebration of our wedding” or something. To me, a reception denotes an event that happens immediately after a wedding, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling it a reception if that is what you are most comfortable with.
Post # 7
I like wedding celebration
Post # 8
yeah that sounds a little strange to me too. I would just call it a reception.
Post # 9
I like wedding celebration also, or celebration of vows.
Wedding soiree, wedding fete, wedding meet, greet and celebration,
Quaint wedding reception will be held at _____
Garden reception will be held at __ pm at _______ estate/private residence/home of.
Post # 10
By definition it is a reception, so it’s definitely okay to call it that.
Post # 11
I would roll my eyes if I got an invite for a wedding ‘reception’ on a different day to the ceremony, as it looks like you’re a B grade invitee, even if there was no reception on the actual wedding date.
Honestly, I would go with some kind of wording about wedding celebration, because that is more accurate to what is being hosted, and less likely to creat confusion and potentially offend.
Post # 12
A reception just means you’re recieving guests. Receptions are usually held to celebrate someone or something, but the word is not inherently related to weddings at all. I’m not sure why some people are so opposed to calling a later celebration a reception.
Post # 13
I agree with pp, it is a reception but if you fear some people may feel second rated by a reception invitation that didn’t include an actual wedding, then go with ‘celebration’
Either way ,it is is imperative you make clear the marriage has already taken place. Something like ….to celebrate the marriage of OP and Mr OP which took place in NYC on 3rd May 2018 ‘
Post # 14
Call it a hometown celebration or Wedding Party. I would avoid the word reception.
Post # 15
maybe look for elopement party invitation wording for inspiration (even if it wasn’t an elopement, the situation is similar). A quick Pinterest search showed examples like “We got married, come celebrate with us” or like “Wedding Celebration” and separately “the couple was married mm/dd/yyyy”