Post # 1
I’m hoping to find some suggestions on how to word my wedding invites. We are trying to keep all ceremony and reception informantion on one invitation card (probably a 5×7 size). Our (non-religious) ceremony and reception will both be taking place at a hotel but in different rooms. Here is an example of our timeline: Ceremony @ 2 p.m. in Ballroom A, Cocktails and Reception at 5 p.m. in Ballroom B, everything held at Hotel X. I’ve got a handle on the first part of the invite (opening, names, ceremony time, location of ceremony, etc) but I’m not sure how to word the reception part of the invite. It just looks weird to me have the hotel name listed twice. I’ve probably spent waaay too much time looking at this and the answer is obvious but I can’t see it and need some positive, friendly advice!
Post # 2
CriticLite: I would do standard wording for the invitation to the ceremony and add:
Cocktails and Reception to follow
I would not repeat the name of the hotel twice. People will figure it out.
Most hotels also have easels where you can have a sign saying :
Critic Wedding 2 pm Ballroom A
Critic Reception 5 pm Ballroom B- so your guests will see both when they arrive for the ceremony.
Are you really going to have 2.5 hour gap?
Post # 3
How about “Dinner and dancing to follow at 5p.m. in Ballroom B”? Or cocktails and dinner; whatever you’re having.
Post # 4
julies1949: I knew I was going to get grief (not from you or anyone in particular, just in general) for saying what time our ceremony might be haha! I have discovered that what is acceptable in terms of timelines for weddings is geographically different. Myself personally, the latest wedding ceremony I have ever been to was at 2 p.m., the earliest at 11 a.m. Our photographs here want 3-4 hours of shooting time after the ceremony. ANYHOW, with regard to my wording, I just wasn’t sure about the “reception to follow” wording, but thank you for your input!