Customize These Destination Wedding Invite Wording Samples

So you opt for a destination wedding. You’ve found a meaningful location – whether on a beach in Mexico, an Italian vineyard, or in the mountains of California.

You have your guest list and now it’s time to let people know about it. Therefore, you need to invite your closest family and friends. But, there’s so many details to include. From accommodation options to what to wear (to avoid stiletto on the beach fiasco), it’s important to include basic information. 

Destination weddings come with a lot of extra information for your guests. You want to provide the necessary information – without overwhelming them, or yourself, in the process. 

We’re here to give our expert advice on destination wedding invite wording. Luckily, there are options – like insert cards, and wedding websites where guests can get all the information they need. 

Discover examples to make your own for 3 unique destination wedding wording examples & etiquette tips, including:

  • Destination wedding invite wording with a weekend itinerary
  • Destination wedding invite wording with reception at home
  • Small destination wedding invite wording 

DESTINATION WEDDING WITH WEEKEND ITINERARY 

The main card for a destination wedding invite includes all the typical and necessary information. Similar to a traditional wedding main/ceremony card.

  • The couple’s names
  • The host line “Happily Invite You To Celebrate…”
  • The date, time, and location
  • Reception information (optional). This can also be printed on an insert card
  • DO NOT INCLUDE (on the main card) extra details like venue maps, hotel options, or welcome receptions for insert cards. Similarly, you can list this information on your wedding website.

RSVP card with weekend itinerary

If you are having a destination wedding with weekend events such as a welcome party or beach BBQ, include these on your response card.

  • Name(s) line
  • Kindly respond by date
  • Wedding ceremony & reception RSVP
  • Meal selection for wedding reception
  • Welcome party RSVP & number attending
  • Beach BBQ RSVP & number attending

weekend itinerary information insert

If you are having multiple celebrations, be sure to let guests know. This is where less is more. For a weekend itinerary insert for a destination wedding, include the basic information, such as:

  • Schedule of events, listed by day
  • What the event is, i.e., “Welcome Party” “Beach BBQ” “Wedding Ceremony & Reception”
  • The date, time, and location (addresses aren’t necessary. This is information you can provide on your wedding website or to guests directly via email.
  • Include your wedding website link

Destination wedding with reception at home

The main card for a destination wedding invite with the reception at home includes all the typical and necessary information. Similar to a traditional wedding main/ceremony card.

  • The couple’s names
  • The host line “Happily Invite You To Celebrate…”
  • The date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony abroad
  • Reception information. Take this opportunity to simply state “California wedding celebration to follow.” Guests will get the hint that the reception is to be held at home.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE (on the main card) extra details like venue maps, hotel options, or welcome receptions for insert cards. Similarly, you can list this information on your wedding website.

information insert for destination wedding with reception at home

An information insert along with the main card can spell out what you expect from guests. For instance, this couple states, “Come celebrate with either or both festivities.” This lets guests know they are welcome to both. Also list important details for the wedding ceremony and reception at home.

This couple opted to have the RSVP online, via their wedding website. If you would rather have a traditional RSVP printed, you can do so. For example, just write out options for guests to select if they will be coming to the wedding ceremony, as well as the reception at home.

small destination wedding invite wording

The main card for a destination wedding invite with the reception at home includes all the typical and necessary information. Similar to a traditional wedding main/ceremony card.

  • The couple’s names
  • The host line “Happily Invite You To Celebrate…” Consider using wording like the invite above, such as “Invite you…with only the closest family & friends…”
  • The date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony abroad
  • Reception information
  • DO NOT INCLUDE (on the main card) extra details like venue maps, hotel options, or welcome receptions for insert cards. Similarly, you can list this information on your wedding website.

SMALL destination RSVP wording

  • Name(s) line
  • Kindly respond by date
  • RSVP options, with number attending
  • Meal selection for wedding reception

small destination accommodations insert wording

This invite opted to have the guests go through a travel agent company. In this case, they directed their guests to the travel agency to book their accommodations.

Wording a destination wedding invite can be hard work. Hopefully these examples of real Beacon Lane wedding invitations (names changed) help to narrow down your choices. Rule of thumb: less is more. Make your invitations tasteful by including what you need to, without cramming too much wording. A great option nowadays is adding all the ‘fine print’ to a wedding website. Luckily there are a ton of free wedding website hosts that are easy to create. For instance, ZolaThe Knot, and Wedding Wire are some to start.

Photography credits: Rebecca Arthurs Photography

To see more of this wedding, check out the feature on Martha Stewart Weddings 

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