Post # 1
I have a nit-picky question. We are getting married in Bermuda at the end of February with only our parents and siblings in attendance. We want to have a reception at home in mid April (in the DC area), and are curious about the timing for invitations. If we sent them the day we left for the wedding, that would give people only about 6 weeks notice. Many of our friends and family would have to travel from out of state to this reception (if they chose to attend), so should we send the invites earlier to avoid a planning time crunch for attendees? And I can’t think of what to say on the reception invitations if they go out before we actually get married. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
you could send ‘save the date’ cards for the reception, and then the actual invitations closer to the event. we included with our ‘save the date’ a sheet we had put together with hotel & travel info, plus our wedding website – i think that answered a lot of guests’ questions. as far as wording, the person making your invitations should be able to make recommendations or look for examples online. hope this helps!
Post # 4
Thanks heatherjayne22. I guess I’m nervous about it because no one but parents and siblings are invited to the wedding, so giving enough info and lead time to indicate it’s a wedding reception without addressing the elephant in the room (you aren’t invited to the wedding ceremony) is stressing me out a little. Saying “X and X will be married in a private ceremony, but come to our party later!” sounds exclusionary to me, but of course, we *are* excluding everyone but family from the wedding. 🙁