Q&A: Invitation Wording: Reception-Only Invites?

Q: How do we word invitations to a reception only? My fiance and I will be married in Las Vegas and will host a reception the following weekend.

A: An invitation to a reception hosted by the newlyweds after the wedding day would read:Sarah and Thomas Moran request the honor of your presence at a celebration of their marriage Saturday, the ninth of January at seven o' clock Rob Roy Country Club Mount Prospect, IllinoisThis way, guests will be aware that the wedding itself has already taken place.


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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot