(Closed) Invited to Ceremony, Not Reception – MC Wording?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 31
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My best advice is to issue invitations to ONLY people who are invited to the reception as well. If you would like other people to come to the ceremony say something on facebook. Say although we wish we could celebrate with everyone at our reception, due to space restrictions we are only able to invite a limited amount of people. If you would like to attend our ceremony and cocktail hour let us know we would love to have you. 

Post # 32
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Darling Husband and I were invited to a wedding where we were only invited to the ceremony. We ended up not attending for other reasons, but other couples on our social circle were invited and all they could talk about was how abominably rude it felt to be invited to the ceremony, hit up for gifts with a registry, then told to jog on for the reception. I’m not saying this is the case with your wedding (looks like you’re not asking for gifts), but just warning you to be prepared for a lot of backlash.

In the UK, it’s not uncommon for it to happen the other way around – family for the ceremony, everyone for the reception. I would either do that or limit it to only the number you can have for the reception. Or, have a cheaper (per person) reception. Finishing the ceremony then trying to shoo the second-tier guests off the property while everyone else snargfs canapes won’t go over well with most, no matter how heartfelt your intentions.

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