(Closed) Invitation wording crisis

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
38 posts
  • 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.

HTH! 🙂 

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

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
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I am kind of curious, why is there such a long gap between the ceremony and reception?

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