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Hi,

Usually on wedding invitations it says,

at an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of their daughter.

sometimes individuals as if they should put,

to an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of their daughter.

Is there a correct usage here and if so what are the reasons please?.
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If we mention the purpose of a movement before we mention the destination we usually use at before the place. Therefore you can use both depending on how the sentence is structured. The two sentences below would both be correct.

1. You are invited to the wedding reception of (name + name), which will be held at (name of hall)

2. You are invited at (name of reception hall) for the wedding reception of (name + name)

Hope this helps.

Bernice
Hi Bernice,

Just to be crystal clear, here is the exact layout used,

Mr and Mrs A Smith

request the pleasure of the company of

James and Emily

at an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Karen

to

Mr Mark Brown

at Leeds Castle, etc etc
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Then in this case I would use to since the exact place is only mentioned later on.
Thanks Bernice for your advice; the internet is plagued with the incorrect usage then!!
This info was taken from Practical English Usage (Swan), which is considered to be one of the 'Bible(s)' in the EFL world Emotion: smile but you're right, you do have to be careful of the things you find on the net.
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sperkinsHi Bernice,

Just to be crystal clear, here is the exact layout used,

Mr and Mrs A Smith
request the pleasure of the company of

James and Emily

at an evening reception to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Karen
to
Mr Mark Brown

at Leeds Castle, etc etc

NO! Do not put "to"! You are requesting the pleasure of their company AT an event, exactly as you have it.

Omit the preposition before Leeds Castle - just put the location and the time.