The invitations are the tricky part - planning and sorting which guests make it for both the ceremony and the reception, which ones exclusively make it only to the former, which ones make it only to the latter - it's all chaos and conflicting thoughts. So how do you sort out who comes to the ceremony and who doesn't, without offending anyone when doing so? We'll find out how you can put together your invitation without causing emotional injury to anyone, including how to word reception only invitations.
How to Word Invitations to a Reception Only
To be able to send the message across that one's presence is important at the reception, it is wise to make sure you don't word out your invitation in a way that would make them wonder why they weren't called for the ceremony. Here are some pointers on how to word reception only invitations.
- First decide who exactly is making it for the ceremony. Just family and close friends? Then no one is going to think this over much further if you clearly send out an invite for just the reception, with most people understanding why you would do so. It is purely your decision on who gets to make it for either event.
- Those who are making it for both the ceremony and reception will unquestionably get both invites stating the ceremony and reception timings and details separately. For those who aren't making it to the reception, knowing how to put forward your train of thought is essential in order to not insult or lessen their importance.
- Keep it brief in the reception invites and make it sound like them coming means a lot to you and your new groom/bride.
- Maybe your intentions could be that you wanted only those who were close to you, present or maybe the church or venue was a little too small to cater to every single guest or probably you aren't a big fan of huge ceremonies - whatever your reason just make sure you word it out in a way that says that you and your partner are now married and that the reception is to be held on so and so day and date.
- It is obvious that they will know you are getting married, but sending them an invite of just the reception is actually all right with most people, since they would prefer coming directly for the reception.
Here's a little sample of how you can put your invitation together, in a way that expresses how much it would mean to you that they make it for the reception. It doesn't have to be over-the-top jazzy when you put your string of words in a sentence, just make a genuine request that they be there.
|Reception Only Invitation Sample|
We would love it if you were a part of the celebration following the exchanging of the vows. It would mean everything to us to have you there, while we toast and take it into the night with those we love and care for. Without you there, it just wouldn't be the same.
(Place the reception is being held at)
(Street name and address)
Love and God bless
RSVP by (mention the last date by when you need their confirmation on coming or not)
__________ Sorry, sadly can't make it
Wording out your invitation in a way that directly makes them switch around their way of thinking of yes they want me there, and they were nice enough to stress the same, is what counts. The ceremony is really not an important part of the wedding to attend for those who aren't close to the groom/bride, since the reception is really what brings everyone together. Even those who aren't in town for long, or coming from far away, would prefer this. Have a memorable wedding.