Post # 1
Our ceremony & reception will be outdoors on a rooftop of a museum. If it rains, then we’ll be in the ballroom. As of right now, we don’t plan to have a website set up. However, I want people to know that the wedding is outdoors so they can dress appropriately and bring a shawl, if needed. Do I need to indicate this on the invitation somewhere or should we just communicate this through word of mouth or email?
Post # 3
I would def. indicate that on the invitation. I would be kind of annoyed if I showed up and didn’t know the event was outside. Sept in Chicago can certainly get chilly in the evening. I know they both take place on the roof but just have regular invitation wording for the ceremony and then add something like “rooftop reception to follow”
Post # 4
Good idea re: “rooftop reception to follow.” The ceremony will probably start at 5:30, do I need to specify that it’s a dinner reception, or is that stating the obvious given the time of day?
Post # 5
Our wedding is entirely outdoors and I indicated it on our website, along with a little note on average temperatures for that time of year so people could plan for appropriate attire.
Post # 6
I’d put it somewhere in the invitation if you aren’t having a website. You could just put an additional insert in there.
Your other option would be to provide shawls and/or heating lamps.
Post # 7
I think that people will assume that since your wedding is during dinner hour, they will expect some sort of food. They may now know its a full sit down dinner, but I wouldn’t worry about that.
“outdoor reception will follow” sounds good for your invite, then you can always put a line on your programs that say something about “the merriment/celebration will continue with dinner and dancing”
Post # 8
We’re having an outdoor ceremony and reception as well, so I made sure to write “Outdoor reception to follow immediately” on the bottom of our invites. We have a website with all the info and a suggestion for guests to bring a shawl or whatever in case it gets chilly later. We’re also renting heaters from our tent rental company to warm up the tent (although waiting to book them since we’re not 100% sure if we’ll need them).