Post # 1
We decided to do our RSVP’s via email to save money. We decided to send out a wedding information 1 pager via email in order to help people plan for the day, ie, directions, hotels, taxi numbers, things to do between church and reception etc.
Last week at a gathering, a couple of my fiances friends asked if they could bring their kids, and one wanted their parents to come to the church part only because they are close with my fiance and they would love to come. I agreed, because I agree that it would be nice for them to come and be apart of some of the day and feel like these particular kids won’t be disruption.
So I was thinking of making the ceremony open to anyone who wants to come, so some people don’t get upset and wonder why some peoples kids or family members came and they didn’t know about it. I was going to add this to the information sheet under the name of church and time… I was thinking of putting
Wedding cermony starts at 2:30pm
(Church ceramony portion of the day is open to anyone who wishes to attend)
I wonder the following questions…
a) do you think this a good idea to have it open? Kind of worried now that everyone will bring thier kids (not sure if will be disruptive) but at the same time want them to know they have the option.
b) How should I word this? Do you think my wording is clear that this may also include kids, and not specify. “Church ceramony portion of day is open to anyone who wishes to attend) Any other ideas, thoughts to simplify but not offend?
Post # 2
Aren’t most churches open to the public no matter what event is going on? I know for sure here that Catholic and Anglican churches are. My cousin’s child had her christening at a local Cathedral and there were at least 20 strangers in the pews.
Honestly I would skip putting anything in the newletter. If anyone asks directly, like your friend did, then just say of course they are welcome to attend the church service.
Post # 3
I think that if someone knows they’re not invited to the reception and reaches out and says they’d like to come to the ceremony, that’s fine. I definitely wouldn’t contact people and tell them that they can come to the ceremony though. And I wouldn’t put anything about it on the website.
Post # 5
I would just leave it as it is. I would personally feel uncomfortable seeing people at the ceremony and knowing they weren’t invited to the reception after. Also, I would be more concerned having a lot of kids at the ceremony than a reception (cost aside) They are more likely to get bored and act out which I wouldn’t want during my vows.
Post # 6
Here at my church, it’s generally the norm that most couples have an open invitation to the ceremony, put on an afternoon tea (or cake and tea/coffee) and then go on to more of an intimate reception dinner of 80-100 friends/family.
It all depends on what’s accepted in your neck of the woods! I know in other circles, this would be the height of rudeness, whereas here, people would be hurt if they couldn’t come watch the ceremony!
Post # 7
I’m pretty sure Churches are open to anyone, even during a wedding ceremony. I know we had a few unknown faces at ours and that was fine. I’m not sure it’s something you need to state in writing.
Post # 8
Yep, people understand (at least where I’m from) that Church ceremonies are open to anyone. My FSIL’s wedding a few people showed up to the church who weren’t invited to the reception.
I think actually stating it on the invitation may come across the wrong way. It will either sound like an open-invite party “Hey… bring your friends! Got a neighbor that wants to attend? Bring them too!” or some might take it as “Well, we are only inviting the IMPORTANT people to the reception but any of the stragglers who didn’t make the cut are welcome to come see our ceremony!”
Post # 9
Yea – this should be implied. We had quite a few memebers of our church community ask to attend our ceremony because they know us and wanted to share our day / critique my dress / whatever little old church ladies like to do with their time. 🙂 Don’t state anything special anywhere. It’s much better left unstated. You don’t want it to seem like you’re inviting people to the ceremony and not the reception. Church people know that they are free to attend if they like.
Post # 10
If someone asks then tell them they are welcome at the church. Don’t put anything on invite/website/anything.
I once got a Facebook invite to a ceremony. I was insanely offended. It was something along the lines of “Come on down and see us get married if you want”
Whereas when my one close friend got married, my mom and grandma came to the church. Now, 5 years later my friend frequently mentions how glad she was that they came to the ceremony. (By frequently I mean whenever I’m having a spaz attack about my guest list)
Post # 11
We’re doing something similar. Our recption is 18 and older, but we’re leaving the ceremony (outside, not in a church) open to anyone who wants to attend. After the ceremony we’re providing babysitters for the young kids, and pizza and movies at my mom’s house for the older (but still under 18) kids.
We’re going to include a little card in the invitation saying: “While children are a joy and a blessing, we can unfortunately not accommodate them at the reception. If children would like to attend the outdoor ceremony earlier in the day, they are welcome to do so.” – or something like that 🙂
Post # 12
Hello Bees. So I had my bridal shower this past weekend and just mentioned it to the girls there that they are welcome to bring thier kids or anyone else to ceremony, and mentioned how some of my fiances friends wanted to. It was funny with the response… all of them were like, “are you kidding’ I don’t want to have to worry about their behaviour at the ceremony.” So now I am not going to mention anything in the information sheet we were going to email about the ceremony since most of the people who I had thought would be offended were there. 🙂