(Closed) Small Ceremony, Larger Reception?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

We did something like this: immediate family-only ceremony (17 people) and then a larger reception (90 people). Here’s how we worded the reception invitation: “Our parents’ names request the pleasure of your company at a reception celebrating the marriage of their children.” Simple as that! I think getting the word “reception” in there will clear things up for most guests, but be prepared for a few questions. 🙂

Post # 4
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am doing the same thing. And worded it “Please join us at a reception celebrating our marriage.”  


What I learned is… people don’t read the invitation… I have had to explain to several people that we are doing a small family wedding and then we want everyone to come celebrate later.

Post # 5
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah- the main piece of my invite is for the reception and we’re just doing inserts for the ceremony, as it is going to be small/just family.

I’m actually having trouble wording the ceremony insert, since normally the main invite is for the ceremony. Any ideas on that would be awesome!

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