Post # 1
What do you think of having a special “Brunch At The Lake” 2 weeks before the wedding for everyone that we could not accommodate at our evening reception after our ceremony? We are having 175 guests at our evening reception, but would like to have some sort of special breakfast celebration for another 120 guests. These 120 guests would also be invited to our ceremony 2 weeks later. All of the 120 people are people from work, church and our neighbors. This list doesn’t include any family or close friends. Every week, we have people running up to us asking to be included in our special day. We belong to a church with over 20,000 members and we’ve been members there for the past 20 years. I know it sounds crazy, but my fiance just can’t help the desire to include everyone in some way. We’re having it beforehand due to cold weather after the return from our honeymoon. What do you think?
We’ll also be taking guests out on the boat to sail on the lake .
Their invitation would read:
Please join us for “Brunch At The Lake” to celebrate the upcoming marriage of
on August 27, 2011
at 11am in the morning
September 10, 2011
to witness their exchange of vows
at 4pm in the afternoon at
Word of Faith Int’l Christian Center
Post # 3
I think that is a nice idea! I’ll be honest, the whole “invite to the ceremony but not reception” seems weird to me, but I am having a secular ceremony so, to me, the reception is just as important as the ceremony. But, you seem to be very involved with your church, so I am guessing the ceremony is a much bigger deal for you. I think having a “pre” brunch is a great way to let your “B-Listers” share in your union. But, I would put a “no gifts” sentence on the brunch invites (something like “Your presence is out present!”) so it does not seem like you are just trying to get more gifts from people.
Post # 4
Hmmmm…I feel a little iffy on this, but it’s my opinion that anyone who is invited to the ceremony should also be invited to the reception. However, that’s just my opinion. You might want to consider doing something after the wedding, despite the cooler wedding. You might not be able to do a brunch on the lake, but you don’t have to do that do you? Most people will probably be okay with a brunch, but it will inevitably make some people feel like B or C-listers and that’s not what you want. It will also be a bit inconvenient for people to take time for a “reception on one day” and ceremony on another.