an evening wedding invitation with blush pink flowers at the top and bottom

Evening reception invites

wedding evening invitations with a greenery design, tied around with a silk ribbon

What are evening reception invites?

Evening reception invitations are the ones you send to those guests who will join you for your evening party only. Guests that will be with you all day for your ceremony and wedding breakfast will not need an additional evening invitation.

The most simple flat invites are a single piece card printed one side. On some designs the back can be printed too. You can include more layers of card if you want to.

Ribbons and wax seals can also be added for extra embellishment.

Shapes & sizes

Simple postcard – 10cm x 15cm
Printed portrait or landscape, the most popular for evening invites

5 x 7 – 13cm x 18cm
A classic greeting card size, slightly smaller than A5 (A4 folded in half)

Square – 14cm x 14cm
Classic and elegant, perfect for a wedding invitation

Printing and envelopes are included with all wedding and evening invitations. If you’d like a different size or shape, just ask.

Now available on plantable seed paper too – click here for more info
a wedding evening invitation with a sky blue floral design in the corners

What style works best for evening reception invites?

Flat cards are my most popular style for evening reception invitations.

Your evening guests are likely to need much less information and detail than your day guests. A reply by phone or email will normally be sufficient.

With a flat style card, all of these details can usually be printed on one side. If you need to, I can print the back of a simple flat card invitation as well.

wedding invitations printed on plantable seed paper with a watercolour meadow flowers design

Eco friendly evening invitations

All my evening wedding invitations are printed on recycled and/or recyclable board, or plantable seedpaper. All come with recycled envelopes and fully personalised printing is included.

I try to keep waste to an absolute minimum, so aim to make all my wedding stationery easily recyclable at the end of it’s life.


Arrange an informal chat with me, Jo. Visit my studio or meet by phone/video.

I’ll design your invitations & stationery and give you a fully personalised, itemised quote.

Pay in full for anything you want made straight away, or a deposit to book production slots.

Get your proofs by email. Revise until you’re 100% happy & approve.

Either collect your finished stationery from my studio or we can arrange delivery.

Throughout the whole process I’m here with help and advice on anything you’re not sure of.

When do you send evening invites?

Evening invitations can be sent nearer to the wedding than the ‘all day’ wedding invitations, but many couples choose to send them all at the same time. I recommend sending your wedding invitations around 6 to 8 months before the big day. If you wait until a little later to send your evening invites, you always have the opportunity to upgrade a guest or two if someone on your day list can’t make it!

evening wedding invitation with a modern greenery swag design and a grey border

You will need per couple or family

You should send evening invitations to those guests who will be attending the evening reception only.  Remember that your guests from the day will not need an additional invitation to your evening reception. Don’t forget, you’ll only need one evening invitation per couple or family, not one per guest. Always include a few spares for unexpected additions to the guest list and of course a keepsake for yourself.

Evening reception invite designs

I can make evening reception invites in any of my wedding stationery designs. Whether you’re looking for classic, elegant, rustic or floral I have something to suit you and your wedding. Make them your own; mix and match between the designs, switch up the materials, change the colours and the print. The possibilities are endless.

Looking for something different and unique to you? Get in touch and together we can create bespoke day evening reception invites especially for you and your wedding.

Ready to find out more, book a studio visit, or arrange a call with me?

Want to read more about evening reception invites?
Check out these blog posts.

Check out my Evening Reception Wedding Invites Pinterest board for more inspo