Post # 1
I’m making an invitation to our religious ceremony which is separate from the reception (different day as well). I want to say there is food to follow, but saying meal, drinks, food, etc all sounds weird to me. It’s not a full dinner, but it’ll be plenty of food and no one will leave hungry (just no hot main course).
Post # 3
Is “appetizers” or “hors d’oeuvres” not appropriate?
Post # 4
how about “tapas (or appetizers) and drinks to follow”?
Post # 5
If your religious ceremony is not in the evening, no one should be expecting a full meal. You can simply say “reception to follow” or perhaps “refreshments to follow”. However, if you ARE getting married at 5 or 6 o’clock and think that your guests will be expecting a meal, I’d get more specific and use one of the wordings suggested by the previous posters.
Post # 6
Thanks for the help! The ceremony starts at 4, and we’ll be ready to eat by 5 at the latest.
My invitations for the ceremony are fairly informal (evite) because it’s only 18 people and it’s really just to get the address out there. The ceremony is at my parent’s house, so it’s not the most formal venue to begin with. I ended up writing “The ceremony will be followed by food and drink.”