Post # 1
So we are having a destination wedding and we think some people will arrive on Thursday. We are already having a dinner for everyone on Friday night and the wedding is on Saturday. But if people are in town on Thursday we thought it might be fun to have everyone meet at the same restaurant so people have something to do. However, we cannot pay for this. It’s more like, if you are around and want to stop by and eat dinner together, that would be great. We’d pick a casual restaurant. Anyway, how do I make clear that we are not paying for that dinner? Thanks!
Post # 3
We are doing something similar for our hometown wedding. We put something on our website telling people to stop by for dinner if they want, saying that there are no reservations, it’s a “non-hosted” event, and adding that the place has reasonable prices. Hopefully this will politely get the point across that we are not paying for dinner.
Post # 4
If your having an events card in your invites made, you can put a price range of the restaurants dishes, so they know how much money they’ll need to pay.
We’re having a brunch on Sunday and we’re doing the same thing, so it’ll list:
Farewell Brunch: Place & Time $22/pp
Post # 5
It’s a great idea. It gives the guests a chance to meet and talk to you before you’re really busy the next couple days. We also had a destination wedding and most people were getting into town on Thursday. We had a Welcome Cocktail Party with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday evening. Everyone loved it! It was a chance for people to meet before all the real wedding festivities began. It was optional and very very casual on an outside patio of a restaurant. We lucked out because we didn’t have to pay for it…one of my husband’s parent’s friend offered to host a bridal shower for me, but since my bridesmaids were already doing that I asked if she’d be interested in hosting the cocktail party instead. She loved the idea and it was a big hit!