Post # 1
Hi Bees! Question for you!
We’re getting married in my parent’s backyard this August, then hosting our reception downtown.
The current plan is to have only family, bridal party, and out of towners attending the ceremony, which is around 60 people. Work colleagues, parent’s friends, etc. will then be invited to attend the reception downtown.
My question is, how on earth do I word the invite? I guess I could use ‘invite you to celebrate their marriage’, but I was hoping for something a little more…unique. Different.
I guess I almost need a ceremony insert card rather than a reception card, but I’m wondering if anyone has done this or has a clever idea/wording for this? I’m usually an acceptable wordsmith, but this has me up against a wall.
If I needed to, we could fit all invitees to the ceremony, but to be quite honest there are some work colleagues I was forced to invite and some of my parent’s friends I could seriously do without seeing such an intimate part of our lives. Plus, the parking situation would quickly snarl, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, our back up plan hits a huge fail with 110 people vs. 60.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
We did something like this: immediate family-only ceremony (17 people) and then a larger reception (90 people). Here’s how we worded the reception invitation: “Our parents’ names request the pleasure of your company at a reception celebrating the marriage of their children.” Simple as that! I think getting the word “reception” in there will clear things up for most guests, but be prepared for a few questions. 🙂
Post # 4
I am doing the same thing. And worded it “Please join us at a reception celebrating our marriage.”
What I learned is… people don’t read the invitation… I have had to explain to several people that we are doing a small family wedding and then we want everyone to come celebrate later.
Post # 5
Yeah- the main piece of my invite is for the reception and we’re just doing inserts for the ceremony, as it is going to be small/just family.
I’m actually having trouble wording the ceremony insert, since normally the main invite is for the ceremony. Any ideas on that would be awesome!