Post # 1
I’m searching for the proper term that conveys to guests what to expect from our reception. It will not be a full plated sit-down, but people won’t have to stop at McDonald’s afterwards either. We plan to have heavy, passed appetizers or food stations. There will also be an open bar.
We are adamant that the reception be in the city (Chicago) and in order to stay within budget needed to compromise.
Also, despite the open bar there is a segment of the guests who don’t drink and are not terribly happy with those who do. Placing "cocktail’ in the wording may offend and give the wrong impression.
Any thoughts on a title or wording for the invites?
Post # 3
We had a similar recpetion.
You didn’t mention what time of day your wedding is, but that can be helpful to guests as well.
We had a 2pm cermony and since the cermony and reception were at the same place, we simply put "reception to follow" at the bottom of the invite.
I don’t know if this will help you or not.
Post # 4
We’re just putting "Reception immediately to follow" at the bottom since the ceremony and reception are in the same place. we’re doing passed appetizers and food stations (meats, mashed potatoes, veggies/fruits/cheese) that are equivalent to a plated meal, so I don’t feel the need to warn people that they’re not having a sit-down dinner. I guess I know that it won’t bother my crowd, though — most station-receptions I’ve been to have filled me up, no problem.
Post # 5
Can you write something like "Please join us for drinks and appetizers immediately following the ceremony"? I don’t know if drinks will still offend some people, but I guess I feel that if you will be serving alcohol they will be confronted by that sooner or later. I think most people know that ‘appetizers’ for a recetion usually means they will be substantial, but I still think you need to warn people there isn’t dinner in case they will want to make other arrangements.
Post # 6
I was just at a wedding where appetizers were served throughout the reception, and it was just simply stated as "Cocktail Reception." To me, "cocktail" = appetizers/hors d’ourvres, specially when it is related to an event such as a wedding.