Post # 1
Any advice would be very helpful because I’m completely at a loss. I feel like it doesn’t flow that well, but I could just be looking into it way too much.
The wedding is not super formal and ceremony will be outside at the same location as the reception. Here is the wording.
To help us celebrate please join our
friends and family for cocktails after the ceremony,
followed by dinner and dancing.
The ceremony will be held outside on the lawn.
In the case of rain, the ceremony
will be moved inside the reception hall.
Post # 3
I think it sounds fine—though I might whittle the first line down even more to something like this:
Please join us to celebrate with cocktails, dinner, and dancing after the ceremony.
You could also cut down or combine the second two lines if you wanted to, though I don’t know that you need to:
The ceremony will be held outside except in case of rain.
(Do they need to know to look for you on the lawn or in the reception hall, or will this be clear once they arrive at the venue? If it won’t be clear, definitely include the info as you did—if it’s going to be self-explanatory, you don’t necessarily need to tell them anything beyond that it will be outside unless it rains.)
Post # 4
Oh, I like how that first one sounds. I felt like mine was a little “wordy”.
We will have decided if we want the ceremony inside or outside before guest arrive, plus we will have ushers at the front door to escort guest to the lawn behind the building.