Post # 1
I know, I know, everybody hates the Catholic gap… and ours is particularly bad: noon until 5pm. (I didn’t have a choice, the only time the church has wedding mass is 11am)
So, in between my Fiance and I are renting out a bowling alley (we’re getting married on our college campus and figured it would be kind of nostalgic).
Anyway, I wanted to put the info on the website, and just spread the word that way and by word-of-mouth. My mom thinks I should include an extra card in our invitation suite about it. What do you think?
Also, any clue on how to phrase it if I do a separate card? We’re just renting out the lanes… but, not providing food or drink (although, it is available for purchase). I was thinking something like this:
After the Ceremony
Guests are invited to enjoy bowling from
One to Three in the afternoon
Post # 3
I wouldn’t put a card or anything because then people will assume that it’s a hosted event. I would do it by word of mouth and on your website and make sure people understand that it’s pay your own way. Do you think people will want to bowl when they are all dressed up?
Post # 4
I think you should do an extra card in the invites too. Word of mouth is too risky, plus if one person hears about it and another person hears later, may think that they weren’t inititially invited.
I think your card wording is appropirate as well, it gives the impression you are paying for the bowling and nobody should think their food/drinks are covered.
I think this is actually very nice for you to entertain your guest through this break & think about all the cute pics you will have!!
Post # 5
I agree, I wouldn’t risk doing it word of mouth. I think its a nice event and you should make sure everyone knows about it.
Is there a way to word it so they know that its completely optional? If I was dressed up and didn’t feel like bowling then I would like to know that I wasn’t obligated to attend.
Post # 6
I agree with MissAsB btu the only problem is that if you dont put in a card people might easily miss it. I also agree that guests might not want to bowl in their wedding get up. Maybe it would just be better to inform people of the gap and give places nearby that they can go to?
Post # 7
I might be a weirdo but I love the idea of being dressed up and bowling. I think that would be awesome. Great potential pictures. It’s not like you get dirty bowling. Playing touch football all dressed up? That’s a problem. Bowling? Not so much. I think you should cover all your bases though. Put an extra card, put it on the website and do word of mouth. Some people need to get their info multiple ways.
Post # 8
We also have a large gap between our ceremony & reception… our Catholic mass ceremony is at 11:00, too, and our reception starts at 6. My Future Mother-In-Law wants to have everyone that comes to the ceremony over to their house for a luncheon in between. I think what we’re doing is including a note about the luncheon in our programs at the ceremony and possibly announcing at the end of the ceremony or while everyone is standing around outside waiting for us to come out.
Post # 9
What about socks? Maybe a favor you could provide your guests is socks in your wedding colors so they dont have to wear those weird footie things from the bowling alley?
Post # 10
I would add a card in the invite. What a fun thing for your guests to do together!!
Post # 11
We had barely anyone look at our wedding website (as evidenced by the fact that they kept asking for directions and where we are registered), so I’d definitely include information about it in your invitation.