Anatomy of an Invitation Suite

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Anatomy of a Reception Card

WHEN TO USE A RECEPTION CARD - Reception cards are necessary only when the ceremony and reception are held at separate locations. In such cases, each is considered a separate event and requires a separate invitation. Reception cards are not necessary when both the ceremony and reception will be held at the same venue. This may be noted directly on the invitation.

CELEBRATION LINE - Reception cards can be worded in many different ways, however there is always some indication given that the card is requesting attendance at an event following the ceremony. Common phrasing options include: “ The celebration continues,” “Please join us,” or the simple header, “Reception,” etc.

WHAT TO EXPECT - A hint as to what the reception will include is also common on the reception card. For example, will there be cocktails, dinner and dancing or passed h’ors d’oeuvres and drinks only, etc. It is important to give guests some clue as to what the night will entail. This will help them to know whether they will be provided with dinner, should expect to stay late to enjoy dancing, etc.

TIMING - The time that the reception is scheduled to start should also be included. Many religious ceremonies are held earlier in the day and the reception will not take place until evening. It is important to make this clear to your guests so they know when they should arrive to the next event on your wedding day. If the reception is to immediately follow the ceremony, noting this is helpful too.

LOCATION - Along with the venue name, it is also appropriate to include the street address, if the location is not a well known landmark, as well as the city and state. The zip code is never included.