How to Word Invitations to a Second Wedding Reception

Etiquette, Invites & Stationery
Invitation Wording Tips For Second Reception

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Whether you've opted for a destination wedding for just 20 guests in a far off country, or are having a hometown wedding to celebrate where your fiancé grew up, a second wedding reception is a great way to share your wedding with even more of the people you love. If your second reception has a guest list full of people who weren't invited to your wedding, you'll want to make sure the invitation is extra clear. Here's how to word invitations for a second wedding reception.

No matter how formal the event, an invitation to a second wedding reception should make it clear that you are already married, and that guests will be attending a celebration of your marriage (without the ceremony). Use phrases like "in honor of their wedding" or "celebrate their marriage" to let people know that you've already tied the knot. But beyond that, you have more flexibility with wording (and design!) than you might for your actual wedding.

For a party that's on the fancier side, stick with traditional wording. Put a twist on a formal wedding invitation as follows:
Susan Emily and
Michael David
Request the pleasure of your company
At a reception in honor of their wedding

If it's a cocktail reception or the vibe is more casual, try:
Please join Susan and Michael
As they celebrate their marriage

See more: How to Word Your Wedding Invitation When Your Parents Aren't Paying

Looking to really buck tradition? Let guests know the party will be more laid-back:
We're married!
Please join us for cocktails
And to help us celebrate the happy occasion

Don't forget to include invitation standards like the dress code and RSVP cards so you know who will be joining you. Choose an invitation design that matches the formality and theme of the second reception, not the first — this way guests won't be confused by engraved ivory invitations inviting them to a backyard barbecue!

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