Post # 1
I have a question about invitations. We are holding our ceremony at the same location as the reception. The ceremony is at 2:00 pm and the reception at 6:00 pm. My question is, how do I word the invitations so that people understand that they are to go home (or do whatever they please) between the ceremony and reception. We will not be having a cocktail time, or any sort of entertainment for them during the break. We are planning on having the out of towners go back to our house with our parents. But what about everyone else? I cannot figure out how to word that properly on the invitation. Has anyone else come across this problem? How did you handle it? Suggestions please!!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2007 - Wynbrick Center - a historic mansion in my hometown.
Well it depends on the tone and formality of the rest of your invitation wording, but this might get you started:
"Please join us again at [venue] at six o’clock for dinner and dancing."
I’m no etiquette expert, but that seems pretty clear. There’s just no polite way to say "scram for 4 hours!" 😛 so putting that word ‘again’ in there should imply that they’ll be leaving in the meantime.
Here’s an extra thought–you might consider listing a few ways/places that your guests can entertain themselves in the interim…a lot of them probably won’t want to go home, and they’ll all be dressed up (I assume) , so you could possibly list some museums, gardens, etc. that they could use to fill their time.
And the more I think about it, I think that your program (if you’re having programs) would be a good place to list this info…then you could be more playful, and wordier. Something like "Until we see you again at six o’clock for dinner, here are a few things to do in our fair city…" Only, of course, with your guys’ own personalized wording and everything.
Post # 4
Hey kpenn – we have the same dilemma and because of it, we added a timeline to our invites saying
2pm – Ceremony Begins
3pm – Guests at their Leisure
5pm – Cocktails and Mingle
6pm – Dinner and Dancing
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
I handled this with our invitation package includes: invitation, reception card, RRSP card.
The program at the ceremony has a note that we will be having a receiving line outside immediatley atfter the ceremony. Get the guests downstairs and outside. It also invites them to free refreshments in downstairs lounge from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. I also will have supplied maps of the local are for a walking map…..
Cocktails at 6:00 Dinner and dance to follow.
Post # 6
I am kind of curious, why is there such a long gap between the ceremony and reception?