Post # 1
The ceremony is at 6:30 on a Friday with cocktail hour (photograph time for bridal party) and reception immediately following. The ceremony and reception are at the same venue. The ceremony is outdoors.
We realize some guests may not make it to the ceremony due to work, but want to make it known that we would still love for them to celebrate with us at the reception. We don’t want people to skip BOTH the ceremony AND the reception because they may not be able to make it there by 6:30.
How do I relay this to guests? The invitations have been printed already but we are enclosing a card with directions and with hotel information. I am working on these now.
So..for the life of me I cannot figure out how to word this! Any help?
Post # 3
Perhaps the people in my life are rude, but they often see the invitation as and invite to the reception. Many people skip the ceremony anyway – it will be 50 people at the ceremony and 150 at the reception.
Not something I particularly believe in, but I suppose to each his own.
I’d just not mention it at all, and let people skip it if they can’t make it – you’re inviting adults, right? They can determine their own schedules.
Post # 4
I had a Friday wedding as well. I don’t think you have to put it into words. I think if people can’t make it to the ceremony they will just come to the reception. I know people who have done this with their own cousins. People who couldn’t make it to the ceremony just told me that they will just be at the reception, which was fine with me. I don’t think people will skip both if they can’t make the ceremony.
Post # 5
Thanks for the help, ladies.
Post # 6
@moneekw: You could also word your RSVP in a way that indicates it, I had a cousin do that when her ceremony was at an inconvienent time.
Just write your RSVP as
___ will be attending ceremony
___ will be attending reception
___ will be attending both
___ regretfully decline
This clearly indicates to guests the options plus helps you plan how many seats to have out for the ceremony.