Post # 1
Please help me decide if I should send wedding invitations, bees! We plan on having a small wedding and will only have a cake and champagne reception immediately following the ceremony (at the same venue). I love stationary and the wedding tradition of sending invites but I don’t want guests to feel like they are expected to attend and/or bring a gift, especially if they aren’t having dinner afterwards. I know that if I do send invitations, I could just put “cake and champagne reception to follow” on the invite, but I still wonder if it’ll seem uncouth to send invitations without a formal reception. I’m fine with just telling my friends and family in person about the wedding details if the thought of sending formal invitations doesn’t seem right…. What do you think?
Post # 3
I would definitely still send invitations 🙂
Post # 4
Invitations are fine for a cake and champagne reception. As long as the reception doesn’t fall at a time when one would normally be eating a meal.
Post # 5
As long as you have the wedding/short reception between regular meal times, I don’t think you should have a problem.
Post # 6
@MissScarlett: you can still send invites, just mention that there will be a cake and champagne reception to follow.
also, i would have the invites a bit more casual than you would for a full wedding reception.
Post # 7
Of course you send invitations! We are and we are having a ceremony that is going to last all of 10 minutes (maybe 15 with the processional and recessional) and a simple little reception afterwards of light refreshments, cake, punch, and coffee. Yep, not even champagne. We indicated on the invitations that light refreshments would be served immediately after the ceremony at
and yes, even included RSVP cards. Now the day-after pig roast is announced on the wedding web site and by word-of-mouth.
Post # 8
Of course send the invites! Like you said, I would make sure to write that you’re having cake and punch so people don’t come too hungry.
Post # 9
@MissScarlett: We had a dessert reception at my first wedding. No food, just cake and pie. We sent out invitations (2pm so as not to interfere with any meal times) and clearly stated on the invitation “Dessert reception to follow” Easy as that. Just make sure to put it on the invitation and everyone will know what to expect.
Post # 10
Thanks, everyone! I’m so relieved!!! 🙂
Post # 11
@MissScarlett: Do not confuse “formal” with “extravagant”. A cake-and-punch reception is very traditional and can be more formal than the common evening dinner-dance reception. Invitations are entirely appropriate.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@MissScarlett: I would send the invites! They are really nice keepsakes … Especially since it is for such a special occasion. Instead of “reception to follow” just put something along the lines of “cake and champagne to follow” to let guests know there will be something but not a dinner or meal or whatever.
Post # 13
@MissScarlett: I was wondering the same thing! I, too, am having a cake and champagne reception.