(Closed) ceremony & reception 2 different days

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Mwalton8610:  You will need two different invitations: one for those invited to the ceremony and reception, and one for those invited to the reception only.

The invitation to the ceremony should be worded to clearly let your guests know that there is no traditional reception following. Do not schedule the ceremony so that it ends anywhere near a normal meal time. I do think you should be offering the guests at the ceremony some small refreshment rather than just sending them on their way. Your guests would also appreciate the rental of washroom facilities. Not many people will want to use an outhouse.

The invitation to the reception should be: ” You are invited to a reception to celebrate the marriage of …”

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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Mwalton8610:  

How will you handle a ceremony venue with no water or electricity?

I think it would be much easier to do everything in one day. Your guests will appreciate that and you won’t have to prepare for two different events falling on different days.

If you must marry on your 5th anniversary, you will certainly need two invitations. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Make your ceremony a private event. You, your fiancé, the celebrant. No guests.

2 hours driving + no water or electricity + 2 hours driving back = miserable guests. Why put them through that?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Mwalton8610:  If you are having 25 guests to a ceremony around a meal time, and going out to eat, you really need to step up and host that dinner yourselves. It would be the height of rudeness to expect people to pay for their own meal.

Sample wording:

Sarah and Thomas Moran request the honor of your presence at a celebration of their marriage Saturday, the ninth of January at seven o’ clock Rob Roy Country Club Mount Prospect, Illinois

more:

Reception Only Invitation Wording

 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh my word, please don’t put these people through all that driving and a split-the-check dinner then even more driving and make them deal with porta potties only to drag them to yet another event the next night. Even if you host (pay for) the dinner, that’s still an awful lot to ask of your guests.

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