(Closed) Wording for invitations with separate reception site

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We just put it on a separate reception card. 

“Immediately following the cermony. Join us for dinner and dancing. *insert location*”

Post # 4
9631 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

maybe put where the ceremony is and write with a reception to follow at…..

ETA: have all the info on the invitation i mean, but a reception card would work too

Post # 5
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Also plan on having someone at the church (this would be a great job for a young cousin or someone else who wants to be “involved”) have directions to pass out to guests. People will forget to bring the reception card- I’ve been guilty of it!

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Reception Cards are typically used when the Reception Site differs from where the Ceremony is held (or if more people are invited to the Ceremony than the Reception)

As per Peggy Post (Post Institute) and *Wedding Etiquette* the following would be the style of wording for a Reception Card…


immediately following the ceremony

Knolls Country Club

Lake Forest

The favour of a reply is requested

226 Lakeside Drive, Lake Forest, Illinois  61300

OR alternatively you can include the info within the Invitation itself…

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McGuigan

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Joanne Marie


Mr. Stephen Dempsey

Saturday, the ninth of April

two thousand and twelve

at half after five o’clock

Church of teh Resurrection, Evanston

and afterward at the reception

Lake Michigan Shore Club

The favour of a reply is requested

Twenty-three Soundview Avenue

River Forest, Illinois  60601

In BOTH of the above cases, the address given is actually the address for where the RSVP Note (handwritten by the one invited) would be sent (vs an RSVP Card)

Alternatively, the bottom of the invite could read…

Lake Michigan Shore Club

River Forest, Illinois


And the Guest would either find a pre-printed RSVP Card enclosed, or would have to make the effort to contact Mr & Mrs Kenneth McGuigan (the Hosts) to tell them of their intentions (again usually done by handwritten note)

Hope this helps,


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