(Closed) How to word a reception only invitation?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think that’s just about perfect. You could add in something about “exchanging vows on the mountaintop” but I have received an invitation for an at-home reception after a Destination Wedding and they worded it very similarly, saying they had exchanged vows at X time and now we’re invited to a party.

Post # 4
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i think that if you are just inviting people to the reception and you will already be married, i would not use the wording “are getting married”.

i would suggest something like:


bride and groom

request the pleasure of your companyat the celebration of their marriage








The pleasure of your

company is requested at

the marriage celebration of

bride and groom









Post # 5
9971 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would not mention a “marriage celebration” because to me, that screams, ceremony.  I don’t know a better wording, but if I saw an invitation saying that, I’d be geared up for a ceremony.

Post # 7
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@abbie017:  a “wedding celebration” would indicate a ceremony (wedding). 

a “marriage celebration” is a just that.  a celebration of a marriage; it does not indicate when the marriage took place.  this term is commonly used for receptions after elopements or dw.

Post # 8
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mypinkshoes:  +1

This is how we worded ours

Dear Flo

We are getting married on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece whilst on our dream holiday of Europe. The private wedding ceremony will be followed by a reception and we would love for you to celebrate our marriage with us.






Please visit our wedding website for maps, directions, RSVP and for all of our overseas wedding and travel plans


Post # 9
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012



How romantic..mountain top? Kudos to you for making it unique and very special. I’d say something like this:

Jill and John are getting married in a private mountain top ceremony just for two!

Please join us in celebrating at a reception dinner afterwards:

Friday June 21st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

VenueName, LocationCity


I’m not a pulitzer prize winning author but something like that seems appropriate to me.


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