Funeral Reception Invitation Tips and Examples

By: Powers Funeral Home
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

While planning receptions are normally joyous affairs, the tone is much different when it is a funeral reception.  Although these events can be solemn affairs, they provide many benefits to helping the family as well as the guests begin to heal. Many people who have such receptions have a difficult time knowing how to invite guests to the event. As directors of funeral homes in Camden, SC. we understand this as you want to ensure the inviting is done in a dignified manner. Keep reading for best practices when it comes to the invitations.  

Who Should be Invited to the Funeral Reception?

There is no set rule on who should or should not be invited to the funeral reception. Who you choose to invite is purely a personal choice. Some families may choose to have a public recaption where everyone is welcome. Other families may opt for a smaller, more intimate affair with only very close friends and family.

What to Include on the Invitation

When creating the funeral reception invitation, there is important information you should include being: 

  • Where the reception will be held (location and directions) 
  • When the event will take place (date and time) 
  • Who is invited (family, everyone, etc.) 
  • Note if there will be food and/or drink served  
  • Note if they need to RSVP 

Funeral Reception Invitation Examples

One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to the funeral reception invitations is finding the most appropriate wording.  You want to have a dignified invitation yet include all the detailed information. To help inspire you, here are some examples.  

“The family of Steven Niles requests the honor of your presence at a special reception after the funeral. Everyone is welcome to gather at the Avenue Funeral Home directly after the service until 3 pm. Light refreshments and sandwiches will be served. Please RSVP by calling 555-444-5555 and letting Suzy Niles know you are attending.” 

“We will be gathering at Sundale Church immediately after the memorial service to honor and remember John Smith. We will enjoy food, drink, and prayer in remembrance of John’s life and legacy until 4 pm. We hope you can attend” 

“The family and friends of John Smith invite all guests to an open reception from 3pm to 6pm. It will be held immediately following the service from 3pm to 6pm in the church hall. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed.” 

“We are gathering after the memorial service from 2 pm to 4 pm at Lakes Park to honor John Smith. This was his favorite hiking area and we will be celebrating his life and memory. Please bring your best stories about John as we will be sharing and celebrating. Drinks and appetizers will be served. If you plan to attend, please let us know by reaching out to Jennifer at 555-555-5555.” 

As directors of funeral homes in Camden, SC. we are here for all your funeral needs. From planning a meaningful service to helping you word the invitations, our compassionate staff is here to help with whatever you may need.

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