Wedding Announcement Not Invitation Wording: How To

Today we’re going to be looking at wedding announcements, not invitation wording, and the best ways to break the news to anyone that did not receive an invite. Wedding announcements for those not invited can be quite difficult to navigate, as it can be hard to find the right words, in a polite manner, to share the news. But never fear – we’re going to be looking at the best ways to word your announcement. And share the happy news of your recent nuptials!

What Is A Wedding Announcement?

You may be unfamiliar with what a wedding announcement actually is. I know I’ve never received one before! A wedding announcement is an announcement that is made to share the news of your recent marriage. Wedding announcements are usually for destination weddings or for couples that elope.

However, with the recent ongoing pandemic, many weddings have had no choice but to have a very limited guest list – so it’s a great way to announce that your wedding has taken place. And to let those people know that you wish they had been there. It’s far more uncommon with local weddings with an extensive guest list, but some couples choose to do so.

What Is The Difference Between A Wedding Announcement And An Invitation?

A wedding invitation is a way to let your guests know that you would like them to attend your wedding, and is usually sent several months before the day. However, a wedding announcement is for anyone that did not receive an invite, but with whom you’d like to share your news. Usually, these are mailed after the wedding day, very shortly after the wedding. That way, they are one of the first to be aware of the news – particularly if it was a private, very intimate wedding.

Wedding Announcement Wording For Uninvited Guests

Whether you’re looking for the words to post publicly on social media, or more private wedding announcement wording – there are plenty of polite ways to put it, without causing any offense. As for the guest, if you receive an email with a wedding announcement, it’s courteous to reply with an email. Or a phone call for a phone call, a letter for a letter, etc.

You may not be inviting someone to your wedding for a whole host of reasons. But how to put it politely? Let’s take a look at how to, for each instance.

Ongoing Pandemic

People will probably already be aware that coronavirus has had an impact on your wedding, and will understand the restrictions you may need to put in place.

  • This isn’t a choice we’ve taken lightly, but due to the ongoing pandemic, we’ve made the decision to have a small ceremony. This is to keep everyone as safe as possible. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!
  • The pandemic has meant we’ve had to change our wedding plans. The guest list is now much smaller than we originally thought it would be, so unfortunately we do not have space for any more guests. We hope you understand, and this wasn’t an easy decision for us
  • We do want to celebrate our wedding with you, but the pandemic is making it impossible for that to happen right now. As soon as we can have a reception after our wedding date, you will receive an invite and we can celebrate in style!

Work Colleagues

Your work colleague has just heard you’re getting married soon and strikes up a conversation about how they can’t wait. Awkward! But there’s an easy way to put it right.

  • Our guest list is quite small and we are planning on an intimate wedding. But let’s go out for dinner and drinks after work so we can celebrate in style, together!
  • Our venue can only seat a certain number of people, and unfortunately, we’re already at our limit of family and friends. Let’s celebrate together another time
  • We simply don’t have the budget to invite everyone that we love to our wedding. I hope you understand and hope we can celebrate soon

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Distant Friends

It’s likely that as soon as you announce your engagement on social media, old friends will start appearing in your messages. They’ll be wanting to catch up and chat about all things wedding. While it can feel quite uncomfortable, don’t pressure yourself into expanding your guest list, if you can’t. Try one of these ideas.

  • I’m so pleased we managed to catch up before the wedding – I had a great time. We’d love to invite you to the wedding, but the guest list is very small and unfortunately, we can’t have everyone at our wedding. But we would love to see you for dinner and drinks soon
  • Our venue capacity limit means we need to manage a small guest list. We both appreciate your good wishes and hope to see you soon for a catch-up 

What To Include In An Announcement?

The wedding announcement usually contains the following information.

  • Both partner’s full names
  • Both sets of parents’ full names
  • Date, time, and location of the ceremony and reception
  • Officiant’s name
  • A description of the dress and bouquet
  • Where do you plan to honeymoon
  • New address (if you have since moved home)

If you’d like to know more about what to include in an announcement, and the standard etiquette, Brides have a fantastic article that will have all the information you possibly need.


I hope this article has helped you to navigate wedding announcements, not invitation wording, and all the most important information to include in a wedding announcement. Now more than ever, I think people will be understanding and courteous about not receiving a wedding invitation. As long as you’re polite with your wording, that’s really all you can do.

Do you have any tips or tricks for navigating wedding announcements, not invitation wording? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

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