Post # 1
I’m a little stumped. This is the wording for our inviations:
Mr and Mrs Male and Female Last Name
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
bride first midddle
groom first middle last
mr and mrs male and female last
then the complicated part. ( We are having a cocktail reception – no sit down dinner but it’s heavy stationed hors d’oeuvres and cake etc.)
How do you word it? Cocktail Reception to follow at venue name? or
Reception to follow immediately at venue name? or
Cocktails party to follow at venue name?
Thanks for any and all suggestions.
Post # 3
Please join the celebration
at a cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception at….
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow at….
Even though you said you’re not having a sit down dinner, you are going to provide seating?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Single line: cocktail reception immediately following (if it’s at the same place)
OR a separate card if it’s at a different location, along the lines of what I blew the budget suggested.
Post # 5
What time is the reception going to start?
Depending on the hour people may figure out for themselves that the reception will be cocktails only.
Otherwise you might leave that information off the invitation itself and include a reception card asking people to join your for “Cocktails and dancing” or “Light refreshment” and the address. Add a note that “cocktail attire is politely requested” and people ought to get the idea.
Post # 6
Ours will say “Cocktail Reception to Follow”
We are having our ceremony/reception at the same venue …later in the evening and will NOT be providing seating for every single guest…it will be, as the line above implies, like a cocktail party!
Post # 7
We’re doing the exact same thing. Our caterer calls it Mini Entree stations. On our invitation we’re referring to it as a Strolling Reception. In fact the exact words are:
Strolling Reception and Merriment to follow
Post # 8
My daughter’s is the same…ceremony & reception same place. We’re only having on our invitations Reception Immediately Following…..not mentioning cocktails or hor d’oeuvres or stations. We’re having plenty of food and I don’t think its necessary to mention anything about it.
Post # 9
Oh! Strolling Reception…that is a good way to phrase it. I wonder if my Future Mother-In-Law would have had an easier time with the concept if we had explained it that way…haha.
Post # 10
Our caterer calls it a ‘Continuous Cocktail Party’ but I didn’t want to confuse everybody,because when we first discussed the options with them,it confused me too. I’m excited to have this kind of reception,and hopefully everyone else will like it.
Post # 11
Thanks all. Our ceremony is at 6pm (late) and the reception site is litterally 1 block away in a very quaint area (not high traffic). I’m getting some of the guests to be the ‘leaders’ and have them walk to the reception as it will take less than 2 minutes to walk there – seriously. There is no ‘wait’ time in between as guests are welcome as soon as ceremony ends and we will join about 1 hour later (after photos)
Also, the food will be plentiful so i’m afraid people will be turned off by seeing cocktail and assume it’s only shrimp and little bits of food.
There will be seating for about 60/140 and some cocktail tables and large veranda that looks over harbour. people shouldn’t have a problem ( i hope).
Post # 12
We are using the word “cocktail” to imply that there won’t be seating for everyone…We are also having the ceremony begin at 6:30…perhaps stating “Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and dancing to follow at…..” You might want to use a seperate card if it is a formal affair since it is at a different place.
Post # 13
Thanks for the help ladies ! Off to speak with the Fiance on final decision 🙂