The Leaf Press was recently invited to contribute to the ‘Ask the Expert’ feature in Your East Anglian Wedding magazine about wording evening wedding invitations. I thought it would be useful to reproduce the Q&A here, as wording evening wedding invitations in a way that ensures evening wedding guests feel valued is something many couples are concerned about.
The question was:
“I’m inviting around 100 friends and work colleagues to our evening reception. What wording should I use on the invitation? I don’t want anyone to be offended that I’m not inviting them to the whole day.”
And The Leaf Press’s response:
Evening wedding invitation wording is similar to that used for day invitations but excludes the ceremony venue and has a different start time. An example is:
Kathryn and Steven
request the pleasure of your company
at an evening reception to celebrate their marriage
to be held on Saturday 12th April 2014
at 7.30 pm
at The Oak Hotel
If the invitation is being sent from the Bride’s parents or someone else, the wording is revised so it reads ‘to celebrate the marriage of Kathryn and Steven’.
It’s important to remember that the evening reception is an event in itself and guests will almost certainly appreciate that it’s not possible to invite everyone to the whole day. Describing your reception as ‘an evening reception with food, drinks and dancing’ or adding a line at the bottom to say ‘There will be live music, a hog roast and fireworks to finish.’ will have them eager to RSVP.
One practical point of note is that it’s a good idea for the day and evening invitations to look similar if you plan to give them out at the same time e.g. to work colleagues. Handing out different size envelopes is a bit of a giveaway!