Q&A: Invitation Wording: How to Handle Two Receptions?

Q:

My fiance and I are Asian-American. After our 11 a.m. ceremony, we are having a Western-style reception followed by a traditional Chinese banquet later that evening. My question is: How can I fit three different events and locations on my invitations? I have read that putting the reception on the invitation is only appropriate when it is at the same location as the ceremony.

A:

It's absolutely appropriate to list the reception on your ceremony invite, whether or not the party will be at the same location. In your case, put the address of the reception that will directly follow the ceremony on the bottom of the ceremony invitation, like this:

Reception to follow

Chevy Chase Country Club

1843 North Milwaukee Avenue

Wheeling, Illinois


Then include a separate card for the banquet event:

Please join us for
a traditional Chinese wedding banquet
at
Hunan Square Restaurant
etc.


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