Post # 1
My FH and I are starting work on the wording for our invitations and have come across a snag.
Our ceremony will start at 3:15p (saying 3 on the invitations as some people are notoriously late). Down the hall from the chapel is the ballroom, during “cocktail hour” (45 mn) there will be a swing lesson there for those who do not know how to dance. Dinner is being served at 5 and we have the ballroom until 9 for guests and then one hour later for cleanup.
We want to let our guests know that this isn’t going to continue until whenever they’d like without seeming like “you have to leave by this time… OR ELSE.”
Help? Hints? Suggestions?
**edit** What we’re trying to convey in the invitation is that reception is from 5-9 but not sure how to do that without it seeming like there is a random gap between the 3p ceremony and the 5p reception
Post # 3
Are you tryin to say that the reception ends at 9? because I wasnt too clear on that. If so, you can just say reception from 5pm-9pm
Post # 4
I would put “Reception to follow from 5-9” or something like that. Then if you plan to do your “getaway” about 8:30, people should clear out soon after, and whoever is still around afterwards will get the hint when family starts to pack up and leave!
Post # 5
You may not have to say anything – I am in the same situation, with my reception ending promptly at 9. We only put “Dinner & dancing to follow ceremony” on my invites (we’re not having a cocktail hour).
We have instructed the dj to call a “last dance” at about 8:45, and we will do our big send off at 8:55. This should let your guests know that it is time for them to go. If not, make sure the dj or band doesn’t linger, and have your parents prepared to drop the hint a bit less subtly!