Tips And Techniques

Wedding Stationery Etiquette - Evening Invitations

An evening invitation is used for guests who are not invited to the main ceremony and reception but to an evening reception/party.

The invitations can use a similar form to the wedding invitation and the same key pieces of information apply.

Splitting your guest list between full and evening only invites can seem fraught with a few people seeing an evening invite as somehow second class. Once you have made your decisions, just be clear and unapologetic if anyone is rude enough to question your selection.

Make sure it is clear that it is an evening reception invitation.

Most people will expect some kind of  food to be served at an evening reception - if you are serving only light snacks, canapés or no food then it's a good idea to mention this.

It is generally not acceptable to include a gift list with evening invitations - wait for your guests to ask.

Here are a couple of sample wordings:

 Formal - Bride's parents hosting  Informal - Couple Hosting
 

Mr. & Mrs. John  Smith
request the pleasure
of the company of


____________________

at an evening reception to celebrate

 the marriage of their daughter
Mary Jane
to
Mr. David Jones
at
The Crown Hotel, Oxford

Saturday 8th July at 7pm

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

 

____________________

 

Mary Jane Smith
and
David Jones


hope you will join them at an evening reception to celebrate their marriage

at

The Crown Hotel, Oxford

Saturday 8th July at 7pm

 

RSVP
25 Acacia Avenue
Oxford
OX1 1ZZ

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