Post # 1
I’m SOOO stuck on my invitation wording right now!
Since we’re having a private destination wedding, I have no idea how to word this part of our invitation for the reception party.
Together with their families
BRIDE and GROOM
Request the pleasure of your company….
And this is where I get stuck. On the invite examples it says “As they celebrate their marriage on” However, we will be getting married on May 24th while in Alaska (which most of our guests won’t know) and our reception is June 6th. I’d love something a little more fun and young but I just can’t think of a good way to word it! I don’t want to announce the actual wedding date on the invite, just invite them to the reception to avoid confusion. Any help is welcome!
Post # 2
Hmm… How about..
Together with their families
BRIDE AND GROOM
invite you to join in celebration of their marriage
or “in celebration of their wedding”?..
This is a little less formal than “Request the pleasure of your company”, so it depends what you’re going for 🙂
Post # 3
I heard “for a celebration of marriage” or “wedding celebration” for an event after the wedding.
Post # 4
How about “Invite you to share in the joy of our marriage” ?
Post # 5
So a wedding reception is what occurs immediately after your ceremony to thank your guests for attending your ceremony.
It sounds like you are having a post wedding celebration.
First, after you are married you should send out wedding announcements. They should read like so:
Bride’s Full Name
Groom’s Full Name
announce their marriage
May 24, 2015
After that, you could send out invitations to your celebration party after. They may read:
Mr. and Mrs. Newlastnameifyou’rechangingit
request the pleasure of your company
to celebrate their recent marriage
Day, date, etc.
Post # 6
Can I have some thoughts on this wording for our invitation? I swapped our names, name of the boat, venue name and address for the sake of privacy.
**BRIDE & GROOM**
Will be married in a private ceremony
On May 24th, 2015 in Juneau, AK
Along with our families, we invite you to join us
Aboard the *CRUISE BOAT* for an evening dinner cruise
In celebration of our marriage
June 6th, 2015 at 5:00pm at **VENUE**
Launch will be at 5:30pm and will return by 8:30pm
We kindly ask that you arrive by 5pm to ensure you make it aboard!
Does this sound appropriate? Thoughts?
Post # 7
It’s pretty good. In the last line, I would use “ensure” rather than “insure.”
It might take a few extra reads to realize that your private ceremony is on a different date than the subsequent cruise celebration.Your invitation would still be fine without that first sentence about the private ceremony.
We also had a private ceremony with a celebration to follow a few months later. Our paper invitation only mentions the celebration, and on the wedding website we explain that there was an earlier private ceremony.
Post # 8
You’ll want to keep the “voice” consistent. So rather than ‘bride and groom were married on” and then “together with OUR families…” you’d want to say either “Bride and Groom were married on… together with their families, they invite you….” or skip the private ceremony line and announce that some other way (seperate announcement or website).
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies! We kind of want to keep the line about the private ceremony just because we know some of our guests do not have access to computers or smartphones (I know, this probably sounds asinine but it’s true) and we want to make sure they are aware we will
be getting married in a private ceremony, and that this is an invitation for the dinner cruise when we return home. I just don’t want them to show up thinking they are going to a wedding and be disappointed.
If I change the wording to:
Together with their families, they invite you to join them
Aboard the **CRUISE BOAT** for an evening dinner cruise
In celebration of their marriage
Would that sound better? Also, should I change the line about “we kindly request…” to “They kindly request” for the time to arrive?
Post # 10
Yeah that sounds better! And I would skip the whole “we/they kindly request…” and just say “please arrive…”. Too fussy.