Post # 1
I’m in the process of emailing invite wording to my invite lady, and can’t decide if I should put
Reception to Follow
Formal Reception to Follow
at the bottom of the invite. What did you guys do? While it’s not black tie, it is a more formal reception with cocktail hour, dinner (seating chart, no open seating), open bar, and band.
Post # 3
I’m putting ‘reception to follow’ because I want my guests to know they don’t have to dress super fancy. My reception is pretty laid back though.
Post # 4
May I suggest a poll for quick answers? I would omit “formal”, i think the word “reception” is enough to convey what you plan to do
Post # 5
@Taeyers: Thanks! Just added one!
Post # 6
Agree with PP, it’s my understanding that the word “formal” in this instance is used to let guests know that the attire should be formal. If you aren’t having a black-tie wedding, no need to use “formal” in that line.
Post # 7
I agree with others… including “formal” hints to me of the dress code. Most receptions are like what you described, so just saying it’s a reception is enough to give people the idea 🙂
Post # 8
I went to a very upscale wedding recently, in the swankiest part of town, with very traditional people who were clear that their reception was to be formal. Yet still there were people who showed up in casual sundresses with flip flops, or in ratty old khakis and polos. You can safely put “formal,” knowing that people will dress however they damn well please (but it does convey the style of reception you’re doing). If you leave out “formal,” people may have no idea that it’s a sit-down dinner.
Post # 9
@AllShookUp: That’s the thing, I live in a beach town where most receptions are NOT like I described. Sundresses and flipflops are usual attire found here, and most men show up in khaki’s w/ a button down and topsiders to a wedding. 😉
I just didn’t want to sound pretentious by putting “formal” on there. I also don’t want the in-laws all showing up from up north dressed up (like it common up there) and have my family and our friends feel underdressed.
Post # 10
@starfish0116: Ah, just noticed you’re in NC. Without “formal,” most people will assume it’s an open seating, cocktail buffet reception.