Wedding Etiquette and Tips

Reception Card Wording

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Basic Elements of Reception Card Wording
  • These are the basic elements of a reception card.

    Basic Elements of Reception Card Wording
Reception Card Etiquette

Whenever the reception and wedding ceremony are held at different locations, they are considered separate events.  As such, each requires its own invitations.  When the ceremony and the reception are held at the same place they are not necessary.

Common Questions
  • How do I indicate that there will be dancing at the reception?You may replace “Reception” on the first line with “Dinner and Dancing” though it is usually not necessary to do so. 
  • What if our reception will include a sit-down dinner?You may replace “Reception” on the first line with “Dinner Reception.”
  • We are having an “Adults only” reception.  Where do we indicate this?Though it is not entirely proper to indicate that children are not welcome, as this is to be done by word of mouth, “Adults Only Reception” may be added to the last line of your reception card.
  • Our reception will be formal, where do we indicate this?“Black tie” may be written in the lower right-hand corner of the reception card. When doing this, be sure to capitalize properly as the "B" in "Black tie" is capitalized while the "t" in "tie" is not. 
Occasion Line

The occasion line is the first line on the reception card.   When the reception will be occurring before one o’clock, regardless of what will be served, the occasion line should read “Breakfast”.  When occurring after one o’clock it should read “reception.

Time Line

The second line on the reception card is the time line. It usually reads, “immediately following the ceremony.”  This phrase is not to be taken literally, as it only implies that the reception will start in a reasonable time after the ceremony.  If the reception will start more than two hours after the ceremony ends, this phrase should be replaced with the appropriate time,   such as, “at six o’clock.”


The location of the reception is listed on the third line of the reception card.  If your reception will be hosted at a friend or family member’s household, their name is given on the location lines. The phrase “at the residence of” should precede their name.

immediately following the ceremony
at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hansen
578 Springhill Circle
Spanish Fork


The address of the location is listed on the fourth line.  If the location is well known or direction cards will also be included, this may be omitted.

City and State

This line is only necessary if the city and state are not mentioned on the invitation anywhere; as it is assumed that the reception will be held in the same city as the wedding.  You may also choose to include on the city if the reception is held in the same state as the ceremony.