Can you help us with the invitation wording for reception only samples, please? We’re inviting 150 guests to our daughter’s August wedding reception, but the small chapel where the ceremony is taking place cannot seat everyone. We’ve had to whittle down a separate list of those being invited to the ceremony as well.
How do we invite half of the guests to both the ceremony and the reception and the other half of the guests only to the reception?
–Mother of the Bride, Shelter Island, NY
Here are Newport Manners & Etiquette samples of a wedding reception invitation, which is sent to everybody on the wedding guest list, along with the accompanying reply card and self-addressed return envelope. As well as a ceremony card for the church or synagogue, that is included for guests who are also being invited to the ceremony:
The Ceremony Card – These lines are centered on a small card, with your own information, and enclosed with the larger wedding reception invitation, but is sent only to a guest who is being invited to the ceremony:
Saturday, the first of August
at half after five o’clock
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
324 East Main Road
The wedding reception invitation:
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Douglas Wilson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage reception of their daughter
Mr. George Henry Sherman
Saturday the first of August
at seven o’clock
375 Ocean Drive
Reply card enclosed
The Reply card is written to be mailed two weeks to ten days before the wedding date:
Kindly reply by the sixteenth of July
Accept ________ Regret_________
Here are other samples of invitations with the wording for the reception only.
In the wedding invitation packets you would include a Ceremony Card to those guests who are also being invited ahead of time to attend the ceremony at the church or synagogue:
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