(Closed) How do I word that guests are to pay for food and drink until the reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d assume that if you just say “join us at a reception at 6 pm bla bla” they’d assume that anything they order beforehand they have to pay for.

Post # 4
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t mention it at all. Your guests will know that they are on their own until the stated time of the reception. If they choose to go to the cafe, they will also know that they are resposnsible for their own bills.

Post # 7
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with the people above ๐Ÿ™‚ my wedding was held in a hotel and so people I knew weren’t staying at the hotel and might need something to occupy their time I mentioned to them (at some time before the wedding when we were talking) that the hotel had agreed they would let them sit in the bar area of the restaurant (even thou they were setting up the room for another wedding reception). Also on our wedding website ( which we used for about 10 seconds hehe) we had a list of all things to do in the area while waiting “take a walk along the beautiful swan river” etc etc (we had a few Out of Town guests so it was more for their benefit) and we mentioned “pulling up a pew in the hotel bar” too ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
9675 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yeah I don’t think you need to say anything other than “Reception starts at 6pm.”  Just tell them it starts at 6.  If they choose to go early, they can and would understand they pay for any drinks or food they get.

Post # 10
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you just state your reception time I think that is enough. Less is more…don’t put too much info about the cafe and what-not on the invitation.

Post # 11
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i agree with pp.  just mention the reception starts at 6. 

if you mention anything else, your guests may assume that it is required and therefore, included.

don’t risk the assumption.

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