Q&A: Invitation Wording: Ceremony and Reception at Same Site?

Q: We are getting married at a local hotel on the beach. The ceremony will be held outside, with the reception following in a banquet room inside. It seems silly to include a separate reception card with the same location, but I have no idea how to fit it all on the wedding invitation. Any ideas?

A: All you need do is add a single line to the bottom of your ceremony invitation: Reception to follow -- invitation parlance for "The reception is in the same place." Just make sure your ushers know where to direct guests after the ceremony (and have your reception or cocktail music beckoning from inside), so everyone takes the most convenient route to the reception room.

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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