There is a lot to keep track of when planning your dream wedding, and the last thing you want to do is wonder if you are missing anything. For example, what if you need separate wedding reception cards along with your wedding invitations? After all, it takes dedicated time to select the wedding invitation design and content, let alone the printing and mailing! If your wedding ceremony and reception are at the same venue, you may be wondering if you need an additional wedding reception card with your wedding invitation.
The good news is, no, separate reception cards are not necessary. Regardless of your reception details, you can get away with some workarounds in your wedding invitations.
How to Address the Wedding Reception With the Invitation
Addressing your wedding reception inside of your wedding invitation is the easiest way to let your guests know all the details. Instead of a separate reception card, you may want to add a sentence or two to the bottom of the wedding invitation that says something along the lines of "Reception to follow". For a less formal way to address the reception, you might write, "Please join us for lunch [cocktails, or dessert, etc] after the ceremony." If the reception is at the same place as the ceremony, make sure you have other people on hand, such as your groomsmen or ushers, to show guests precisely where the reception space is. To make it even easier for guests, you can also put up signs or other decorations showing guests the way.
What If the Reception Is Not at the Same Place As the Ceremony?
If your reception doesn't happen to be in the same place as your ceremony, don't worry, you still do not necessarily need a separate reception card. One way to address the location change is by including reception information at the bottom of the wedding invitation.
For example, a wedding invitation with reception details may look like the following:
Mr & Mrs. Allen Feffer
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Max Andrew Ling
St Mary's Church, Hanover
Saturday, September 20th, 2017
Four o'clock in the afternoon
And afterward for a reception at Brown's Hotel
The Details Your Wedding Invitation Should Include
In the above example, the wedding invitation formally invites the guests while also strategically addressing the location and time of the reception. Typically, couples also include a map and driving directions with the invitation as well as any other details the guest may need. Wedding invitation details may include recommended area hotels, day-after brunch information and local points of interest. Although several guests may have a GPS or smartphone to help with directions, it is still a best practice to include this information with your invitation. In general, it is good manners to make attending your wedding as easy as possible for your guests by laying out all of the details ahead of time.