Sometimes family and friends can’t be there for the wedding itself, so an after-the-fact celebration is necessary. How do invitations work for a post-wedding celebration? Find out in our response to this reader’s question:
I am hosting a reception in honor of the marriage of my daughter, which took place last November in Jerusalem, Israel. None of her family or friends attended. Therefore, they will be invited to help them celebrate upon their arrival here at home in July. I don’t know whether to send wedding invitations, save the date cards or party invites.
It is rather informal compared to a traditional reception, yet nonetheless one that will include cocktails, dinner and dancing. This gathering will celebrate a homecoming, congratulations on your marriage and farewell again (as they plan to go back there to live). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for writing in, Kathy! Here’s what our etiquette experts suggest:
- Save the Date Cards: If you are inviting anyone from out of town or anyone who will need to make any sort of arrangements in advance in order to attend the event, we would strongly recommend sending save the date cards. They let everyone know that the big event is coming up soon.
- Wedding Invitations vs. Party Invitations: We recommend sending wedding invitations, but selecting a design that matches the more casual feel of your event. We also think our new collection of photo wedding invitations would work perfectly in your situation, since it will allow you to use photos from the wedding in your design. Here are a few examples:
- Suggested Verse: Here’s a sample of what the text could look like:
[BRIDE'S PARENTS] are happy to announce
the recent marriage of their daughter
[BRIDE'S NAME] to [GROOM'S NAME]
on November X, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel
Please help welcome the happy couple home
at a reception in their honor…
Do you agree with our advice for Kathy? What would you recommend? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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