(Closed) Last line of invite question?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Last line of invitation
    Cocktail ceremony to follow : (0 votes)
    Reception immediately following : (13 votes)
    48 %
    Dinner and dancing to follow : (14 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    we are also having everything at one place, so we are just saying “adult reception to folllow.”

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would only use a line about “cocktails to follow” if you’re having a cocktail reception and no meal.  It would get confusing otherwise.  If you’re having a full meal (seated or buffet), I would use  “Reception to Follow Immediately” or some other phrase like that.  Using “dinner and dancing” sounds informal to me, so if you’re going for that vibe, that’s also an option, but if you’re going for a more formal reception, I’d skip that one.  I think “reception following immediately” is the best catch-all for all types of receptions!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’d put “reception to follow”. You don’t need to be specific.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    According to the wedding-planning/etiquette experts whom I consulted when ordering my engraved, Crane invitations, the proper way to phrase this when all events are occurring at the same location, and the location is not a house of worship, is to place the following line at the bottom of your invitation:

    “and afterward at the reception”

    The reason this would make sense is that the hosts issuing the invitation would have just already asked for the pleasure of the guests’ company at the wedding earlier in the invitation.

    ETA:  The only thing I’m trying to remember is if “afterward” should be offset by commas.  I know that invitation punctuation is not always the same as that found in other types of writing, so I’m not sure.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    I did “Dinner and Dancing” because I like the way it sounds 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    ours stated

    the celebration continues immediately following the ceremony, and had a separate reception card describing where, the type of party and the attire was informal. the party was yotwo blocks from the church

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