How To Invite Evening-Only Guests To Your Wedding
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How To Invite Evening-Only Guests To Your Wedding

Sorting out your wedding guests is one of the hardest parts of getting hitched, especially when it comes to thinking about whether or not you are going to offend someone during the process.

This is particularly true when it comes to the evening.

You want to make sure that your evening guests feel that they are still important to you, whilst making it completely clear that they are only invited to the celebrations after the ceremony, as opposed to the whole day.

Decide whether you want them to be the same as the daytime invites

The first thing that you need to think about when it comes to evening invites is whether or not they will have the same design as the daytime ones.

Some couples decide to just change the text, but keep the same design for both, whereas some couples will opt for a design that is completely different and designed around the evening celebrations.

Evening invites need a lot less information

One of the best bits about having evening only invites is that they need a lot less information than a daytime one.

You of course need to let them know a time and a place, but that is about all.

That said, if you are planning on providing an evening buffet then it is worthwhile letting them know what the rough plans are, so that they can prepare for this (not eat dinner or feed their children if there is a chance that they won’t want it).

Think about kids

Speaking of kids, if you are planning on limiting the amount of children that you have at your wedding (be that the entire day or the evening only) then make sure that you highlight this to your guests.

Some will bring their children to an evening reception, however, there are also plenty of people who won’t want to have their kids there cramping their style.

Remember that they don’t have to be as formal

It is also important to remember that whilst a daytime wedding invite is usually quite formal in its design and the text that it contains.

However, there is no need for this for evening only invites.

You can keep it quite informal and instead make it fun.

After all, having fun is the main thing to focus on for your evening celebrations.

When do I send them?

The final question has to be when do the evening invites get sent out?

Well, it is always suggested that you send out the evening invites at the same time that you send out the daytime invites.

Not only will this stop anyone feeling like an afterthought, but it will also ensure that your guests will be more likely to come.

Especially if they have kids to think about, or have to travel some way to get there.

The important thing to remember when it comes to your wedding invites (be it the entire day or just the evening) your guests will love the idea of being included.

So, stop worrying about what your invites say and just ensure that it has all the information is included.

If your guests want to join the party, then they will be there.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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