Invitation wording for 2 hour gap between ceremony end time and reception help!

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Member
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

What are you offering for refreshments?

You could go

Ceremony to begin at 3:30

With Hors D’evoures and Cocktails to Follow

and Dinner Beginning at 6:00pm

Post # 4
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357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

All you have to say is

Jane and Jon’s wedding

Address

August 15, 2014

three thirty in the afternoon

Reception to follow

 

You dont have to discuss the gap, since you are hosting it, it’s not really a gap, it’s just a cocktail hour. It is a long gap, though. Can you bump the reception back to 5 or 5:30?

Post # 5
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@rdc:  Is there a reason you need that two-hour gap rather than start your ceremony an hour later? Just because if your guests are “held captive” (for lack of a better term), two hours might be a tad bit too long. I would really only have a two hour+ gap if there was travel required between the two sites.

Post # 6
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BrandNewBride:  +1. I think this is the way to go, if The Gap is indeed a functional requirement.

Post # 8
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @rdc:  First and Foremost, I see this is your DEBUT Post on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Lol, I am a bit of an Etiquette Snob here… on WBee

(In a good & friendly way… in so much it is because of stuff I did in my Career).

So I can help you understand the Whys as well as the Risks involved if you choose to not follow the prescribed norm… measuring the risk is what it is all about when it comes to Etiquette… in so much as ONLY YOU know your Guest List.

Ok, lets see there are two ways you can handle this…

Example # 1 would be as @BrandNewBride: has suggested:

By putting the Reception info at the bottom of the Invite like so:

The honour of your presence

is requested

at the marriage of

Miss Susan Jones

to

Mr. Robert Peterson

Sunday, the ninth of September

at half past three o’clock

First Street Anglican Church

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

 

Reception to follow

at six o’clock

Mansfield Golf & Country Club

 

OR Example # 2 would be to utilize a seperate Reception Card (as an Insertion into the Invitation Suite) and it would be printed up as follows

Reception

following the ceremony

at six o’clock

Mansfield Golf & Country Club

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

R.S.V.P.

 

And then of course you’d more than likely also choose to include a RSVP / Reply Card in your Invitation Suite.

Hope this helps,

PS.. If you have any other Questions, just ask.

 

Post # 9
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975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@rdc: 

Ceremony at 3:30

Enjoy some games and drinks following the ceremony (hmm needs to be shorter, but make this a cute one liner)

Dinner at 6:00

Post # 10
Member
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@rdc:  I think you can just give the ceremony start time with “reception to follow” on the invite. On the wedding website you can give a more detailed timeline without having to worry so much about the formality of the wording. Then at the ceremony someone can announce that dinner will be served at 6pm, in the meantime, they are welcome to stay put for cocktails and games, explore the property or the town. 

Post # 11
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just read your UPDATE… you must have added it while I was drafting my reply

As the venue is exactly the same for both the Wedding & Reception

You could change the wording to:

Reception to follow

at six o’clock

Lakeside Terrace

 

In so much as “Lakeside Terrace” would be the name given to the Room or Patio Area where you want the Guests to gather

If the Bar Area at the B&B is going to be available during “the Gap” then that is the sort of info you might want to put up on your Wedding Website… incorporated into the Day’s Schedule

3:30 PM – Wedding Ceremony (West Lawn)

4:30 PM – Bridal & Family Photos

Refreshments available for Guests (Pool Side Lounge)

6:00 PM – Reception (Lakeside Terrace)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 13
Member
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @rdc:  If you add a Reception Card… there is no need to note anything about the Reception on the actual Invitation.

When you assemble your Invitation Suite, you place the Reception Card (and other inserts) in front of the Invitation… with all the writing faceing up towards the envelope flap, smallest items in front of larger ones.

In the case of a “modern” Wedding things might stack up as follows:

Invitation (at the back)

RSVP Card & Envelope next in front

Then the Reception Invitation

And lastly a small card that includes your website info

OR

If you are going a more modern route…

Invitation (at the back)

Reception Invitation in front

(and it would also have printed on it the RSVP info which would link to your Wedding Website)

— — —

Example:

Reception to follow

at six o’clock

Lakeside Terrace

The favour of a reply is requested

Jones-Peterson Wedding Website

jones-peterson.com

— — —

As you can see you can use the more formal wording above or RSVP on the Card itself.

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