Post # 1
Just saying reception to follow…
What does that make you think?
We only had enough room to write that on the invites. We are not having a sit down or typical buffet. We will have a cocktail hour with tons of food, chicken satays, mushroom cap crabs, bacon wrapped scallops, mini quesadillas, etc. Followed by heavier foods like roast pork, shrimp, veggies, fruit, spinach artichoke dip, the worlds best little chicken and ham sandwiches and a couple things I can’t think of at the moment. There are also TONS of people who know specifically what type of reception I’m talking about but a Bridesmaid or Best Man made the comment that I should have put cocktail reception or something like that.
EDIT: I should add the invites are already done. They were fairly cheap so if I had to re-do them I could but if I don’t have to I’d rather not. I’m mainly looking to see if I absolutely should re-print. I don’t want people expecting full sit down and walking in to like “stations”
Post # 3
@smith2be: Honestly “reception to follow” would make me think full sit down dinner. But as long as there is enough food to make dinner out of the heavy hors d’eurves then you are fine.
Post # 4
We had the same thing and just put ‘Reception Immediately Following’.
Post # 5
With that much food, anyone expecting a meal will make a meal of it anyhow.
Post # 6
Hmmm…the amount that you listed looks like a ton of food so I think you are safe. Generally I would agree with your Bridesmaid or Best Man about cocktail reception, but I don’t think its the end of the world.
Post # 7
I would put cocktail reception.. Is there no way to rearrange it to fit one more word?
Post # 8
How about ‘festivities to follow’? That could be anything.
Post # 9
Actually the time of day is supposed to dictate the reception and all you are ever supposed to put on is reception immediately following ceremony or reception time place etc
I think it sounds very wonderful and very filling btw
Post # 10
the time of your wedding technically dictates whether a full meal will be served. the only reason to put “cocktail reception to follow” is if the time dictates a meal and you’re not providing that.
Post # 11
Crap, I think its considered meal time. Cocktail hour starts at 6:45, then 7:30 it moves to the other room with more food and drinks.
Post # 12
With that much food…you are safe. 🙂 I’d go with what you have.
Post # 13
If the invites are already printed, then I think you’re fine. You could alter it to say any number of things, but at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone is going to be upset with what you’re providing. Maybe they will be surprised, but not upset. Also, do you have a wedding website? My cousin getting married is doing a hors d’oeurves, drinks and desserts instead of lunch and wrote that on their website, but it just says “reception immediately following” on the invitation.