- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
My fiance and I are getting married in a small ceremony at my small country church (just close family, parents, gparents, aunts & uncles, 1st cousins, and handful of very close family friends). Ceremony is at 5:30 pm then we are having a reception at my fiance’s family’s farm is outside in barn(s) & tent. We are inviting around 250 people to the reception, which will be buffet style dinner, drinks, and dancing. My question is: how should I word the invitations to let them know that we will be married earlier in the day and that they should be there at 7 pm shortly before our (the wedding party)’s arrival to eat dinner and go from there?
From reading other posts similar to this, I know some of you are going to think this is rude, but I am from NE Indiana and I assure you, this is completely accepted and even the norm. Usually when a friend that is more like an acquaintance invites us to the ceremony & reception, we usually only attend the reception anyway. And the majority of people that will be invited to our reception have blantantly said that they would not have attended the ceremony had they been invited. So this is generally accepted among my community. Also, my fiance and his family are farmers, so there are many, many people that we would not want to miss out celebrating with on our day, but who we wouldn’t feel the need to invite to the ceremony (as they probably wouldn’t come anyway).
Bottom line: I need to know how to word these invites! For the ceremony guests, I am DIYing a pocketfold-type invite, with the wedding invite as the main & inserts including info about the reception, RSVP, and directions/website/hotel etc. info. I plan to send out a nice reception invite which mimics the format of the ceremony invite along with an RSVP card enclosed with some sort of belly band perhaps. Same level of formality, different info. Any ideas on specific wording?
Together with their parents, Natalie *** and Riley *** invite you to join them for dinner, drinks and dancing to celebrate their new life together! They will become husband and wife in an intimate ceremony preceding the reception. (as a sort of caption?) Please join us September 7, 2013 at 7 pm at ****’s residence, Address.
What do you guys think??? Does this make sense? Am I way off??