Post # 1
My reception is at a time during the day when lunch is over and ends just before dinner would be eaten. Because of this I want to make it clear in the invitations that there will be light appetizers but no meal served. How do I word that on the invitations without it sounding rude or anything? In fact, overall I don’t know how to word the invitation. I assume I put the location of the church, address, and all that but what about the reception since it is at another location? Do I do a seperate reception card or, if it will fit on the main invitation can I put the information and location on it? It’s getting close to time to create and send the invitations. If my wedding is June 9th what is the latest I can send them and what is the latest date RSVP should be received by?
I know, a lot of questions. My FH was in Iraq from May 30th to November 23rd so I had a hard time with planning so a lot of this stuff is WAY behind! You could say I’m hitting the point where I’m worried about everything.
Post # 3
ok so this may or may not help, but I would put the information for the ceremony on the main invitation and you could put appertizer reception to follow at whatever location or you could have a reception card that says the info an you just put that appetizers and cake (if ur haing it) will be served, also on a wedding website you can actually put that no dinner will be served and refer people to the website as well that way you can be sure people are getting the info, put the wedding website on the reception card or invitation. But if you say appetizer reception to follow people should understnad what that means, and if they dont they will ask someone closely involved in the wedding planning.
As for time frame my understanding is send out invites like 2 months prior (the knot has a helpful checklist), roughly and RSVPS should be like 3-4weeks prior to wedding, but some venues require you give them a final count by a certain date, if that is the case make the RSVP date atleast a week before that deadline bc some guests may lag!
Post # 4
We are almost identical in issues. My wedding is 6/16, and is at 1pm, with apps and cake at a different location. The reception card says to join us for hors d’ouerves and dancing, and our website goes into detail about no meal, cash bar, etc. The RSVP card says “the favour of a response is requeted by the twenty-fifth of May” and then gives options for RSVPing by website, email, or calling our parents.
Post # 5
@SubmarinersBride: Wow…my ceremony is at 1:30 with the reception at another location at 2:30. Hence the no meal thing because it will end just at dinner time. I suppose I will have to locate some nice card stock to put the reception information on. I am in need of a final count about a month out for the sake of knowing how much candy and how many favors and stuff to get. That and how many disposable cameras. Thanks very much.
Post # 6
after the ceremony info you could put apps and cocktails to follow
Post # 7
After the ceremony, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Post # 8
@Amber0913: If you’re having the ceremony at a separate venue, you’ll need a reception card with the reception venue’s address. On that reception card, you could say something like: light refreshments to follow. If you’re having cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then say so. Still, there is a difference betw/ hors d’oeuvres and appetizers (hors are passed, apps are seated) and it could be misleading if you don’t elaborate. Similarly, if you’re not having cocktails, I’d suggest leaving that out because then alcohol is expected.