Post # 1
alright, so i am totally stuck on the last part of my invitations. i don’t want to just say "reception to follow". the ceremony location is about a half an hour away from the reception venue, and people will need to leave straight from the ceremony to go to the reception, hence "to immediately follow". if you have a better idea for that, i’d love to hear it.
also, these are my choices:
"libations and celebration to immediately follow"
"hand-crafted cocktails and sunday supper to immediately follow"
"hand-crafted cocktails, sunday supper and dancing to immediately follow"
"garden party and sunday supper to immediately follow"
"sunday supper and garden soirée to immediately follow"
"sunday supper and soiree to immediately follow"
anyone? i want to say garden party so they know it is outdoors. i also want to mention there will be food. the cocktail part isn’t necessary, but i just thought it looked nice.
any recommendations? thanks in advance. this is the worst part of wedding planning, in my opinion.
Post # 3
I think you’re creating stuff to worry about!
Won’t most people assume there’s going to be food? I don’t think it’s really necessary to mention that.
Also- most people assume that the reception follows the ceremony- that’s why people with big gaps in between are always on here asking how to explain it.
Why not just say- "Reception to be held in the garden of the XYZ at 6pm."
If you are including an insert with directions, mention that the travel time is 30min so guests can head directly from the ceremony to the venue.
Post # 4
well, since the location for the ceremony is a distance from the reception, i think sometimes people will create a lapse in time between the two. in my instance, i want people to know to go directly to the reception and not stop and hang out somewhere.
i also want people to know that a full dinner will be served, not just hors’ deouvres.
Post # 5
What time is the reception. I think the rule of thumb is to specifically address if the reception does not include dinner, not if it does. Having dinner at the reception is the standard. Also, is it informal? Saying Sunday supper sounds more relaxed than saying dinner.
I can see a bit of a dilemma in that when a reception is in a different location than the ceremony, there is usually a longer gap. However by saying "reception to immediately follow", makes one believe the reception is in the same location as the ceremony. My first recommendation would be to try to adjust these times a bit. If there is no way to adjust the events so that your guests will have more time to get to the reception, I would be prepared for some folks to be a bit late. Some people are going to want to make a pit stop, freshen up at home/hotel, drive slow, or buy a new pair of pantyhose. But that is beside the point.
To answer your question, I think it’s fine to say what rosychicklet said. But if you feel you need to add the part about dinner, why not just say,
"Please join us for the reception in the ______ Gardens at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm".
This way they will know there is dinner, and that will give them a little bit of time if they need to do something beforehand.
I also agree you can put extra info on the map insert saying the recption is about 30 minutes from the ceremony.
Post # 6
What about "dinner and dancing immediately to follow at XYZ Gardens"
WIth the info on the map insert (or on the back of the program, if you’re having one), people will mostly likely get the hint- usually wedding guests travel in packs, so if enough of your close friends and family know where to go, ususally the word will spread as people leave the ceremony site.
One teeny tiny point though- if you do use "to immediately follow", switch it up to "immediately to follow" (just for grammar reasons)
I hope this helps you! Be sure to pass more ideas by all of us if you come up with any other options! Have a great day!