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Invitation Wording for your wedding reception after eloping

So what sort of invitation wording do you put on your wedding reception invitations if you have already eloped and got married?  This one can be a bit tricky because inevitably some people will be upset that they missed your “big day”, so you do need to be sensitive to their feelings.  However you have obviously eloped because that is what was best for you (it is after all your wedding day) and yours!

We have set out below a few options for wording in these circumstances.  In most instances people are looking to capture the following points:

  • Guess what, we got married!
  • Sorry you missed it, but we wanted it that way
  • Please come and celebrate our marriage with us

Example Wording

OK, so how do we distill this into some text that might fit the bill for you, options include

Elopement Announcement (2)

Although we couldn’t have 
you there in person, 
you were with us 
on our special day! 

Michael and Debbie were joined in matrimony
on 25th July 2015
in Harpington

We would like to invite you
to an evening reception to celebrate our recent marriage
at Huntington Hall, Hoppington
on Saturday 5 June 2015
at 7 p.m.
Elopement Announcement (1)

We announce with joy that
on 25th July 2015
Michael and Debbie
were united forever in an intimate marriage ceremony.

Although we wished for an intimate ceremony
you were with us in our thoughts.

We would like to invite you
to an evening reception to celebrate our recent marriage
at Huntington Hall, Hoppington
on Saturday 5 June 2015
at 7 p.m.


Elopement Announcement (4)

Debbie and Michael
are happy to announce their recent marriage
that took place on 25th July 2015

We hope you understand that we wanted
an intimate ceremony to mark our marriage

However we would like to invite you
to an evening reception to celebrate our recent marriage
at Huntington Hall, Hoppington
on Saturday 5 June 2015
at 7 p.m.

Elopement Announcement (3)

They got their feet wet and played in the sand
And oh yes, they joined their hands!
Debbie and Michael were married
on 25th July 2015

We would like to invite you
to an evening reception to celebrate our recent marriage
at Huntington Hall, Hoppington
on Saturday 5 June 2015
at 7 p.m.




I hope that helps you, set out your wedding reception invitation wording after you have eloped.  Congratulations by the way, and people will understand in time, even if it doesn’t feel like that for the first few days after sending out your invitations! Best of luck!

 

Gary Trotter

I am a Director of DigiPrint Graphics Limited which owns the wedding stationery website Special Day Invitations, also on Twitter and FaceBook. I blog mainly on the subject of wedding stationery but will sometimes pick up on more general wedding related topics or related printing industry topics. Why not connect up with Gary on

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